by Tony Attwood
Sportslens had an article up yesterday which tells us that “Inter Milan and Arsenal have been in talks for several days over a deal that would see Christian Eriksen head to the Emirates but Paris Saint-Germain could enter the race for the Denmark international, according to Italian media outlet Calciomercato.”
The piece has a familiar looking headline
- Arsenal in talks over Eriksen but PSG could hijack the deal
But what exactly is a transfer hi-jack, why are there so many of them, and why do Arsenal suffer from being on the losing end of so many, rather than being the club that is able to nip in an hi-jack players from other clubs?
Helpfully, Planet Football recently did a piece in which they ran the headline “11 transfers that were dramatically hijacked by other clubs…” which actually included no transfers that Arsenal lost, but one in which Arsenal was the hi-jacker – which was Emmanuel Petit who was allegedly about to sign for Tottenham when Arsenal grabbed him.
Yet when we do our summer transfer tales the majority of the players that are listed (you might recall there were 134 last summer) are also listed as being of interest to other clubs as well. Indeed the most famous of last summer’s deals (Martinelli) actually went for a trial to Man U, they turned him down and he came to us – which is hardly a hi-jack although still rather jolly.
What actually happens is that when Arsenal are allegedly planning to buy a player the media is full of stories that another club or indeed clubs are planning to hi-jack the deal, and thus when the deal doesn’t happen Arsenal are blamed for being slow, dim-witted, lackadaisical and generally too mean, even though in the last few transfer windows we have spent an all time record for Arsenal.
But despite the all time record, and the fact that it seems to have resulted in Arsenal cascading down the league (we are currently 15th, as you may have noticed), we have the headline running in the Sun of
- Arsenal preparing to hijack £35m transfer swoop
“ARSENAL are preparing to hijack Manchester United’s £35million transfer swoop for Pau Torres in January, according to reports.”
- Arsenal news: Edu to hijack Man Utd £35m transfer plan as …
well, I don’t have to go on because it looks like the Sun copied from the Express or vice versa. It doesn’t really matter which.
And just in case we didn’t actually get it the first time, the Excess ran it again as
- Man Utd and Arsenal to hijack transfer for star who was set to …
which was rather clever as it suggested we were each about to hijack the other at the same time although that was clarified a bit later by suggesting that Manchester United and Arsenal are set to hijack Everton’s transfer plans.
But actually when it comes down to it, Arsenal don’t always get caught out like a bunch of doddering dodos as this tale from Football London revealed:
- Manchester United told to hijack Arsenal £45m Thomas Partey …
FoLo whose modus operandi is to publish a new Arsenal story every two hours, 24 hours a day then also told us that
- Arsenal could hijack Atletico Madrid transfer move to land Thomas Partey
- Man United to hijack key Arsenal transfer, Southampton move …
- Jose Mourinho accuses Arsenal of trying to hijack transfer
That was in JustArsenal and it is alleged that Mourinho accused agent Kia Joorabchian of trying to encourage Arsenal to hijack Tottenham’s move for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
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