“Reportedly expected to be a transfer target”. Great Arsenal excitement

By Sir Hardly Anyone

There is a lovely, one might even say a beautiful phrase that has turned up on the a website in the last 48 hours  It is the one in the headline above

“reportedly expected to be a transfer target”

I won’t push the point and report who actually published that, but I’m sure when you look at it, you can take a guess.  After all, “reportedly” means “someone else wrote this first”.  “Expected” means it has not happened yet.  “Transfer target” means the club might try a bid for him.  Maybe.

So this headline reads

Someone else has said that maybe a club somewhere might in the future decide to try and sign this player.

In fact the player is our Hector Bellerin who “is reportedly expected to be a transfer target for Paris Saint-Germain as they hunt for a new signing in that position”.

And as I meandered around I found this strange semi-sentence turned up in several places.  I was stunned!   Football websites copying each other’s copy?  Whatever next!

Well, what next was that the insert from Google “Translate this page” turned up, which I did think was particularly helpful, but sadly when I clicked on it, it didn’t manage the do a translation.   Perhaps the phrase means nothing!  Perhaps Hector is not going! Perhaps fourth is not a trophy!

But above and beyond this, or perhaps below this, or maybe in spite of this, the media is continuing to tell us that Arsenal are going to dismantle the entire defence this summer.   And this despite having the fourth best defence in the Premier League.

The Express puts it like this, “Mikel Arteta has five starters on Arsenal team sheet next season with six gaps to fill.   And those gaps include “Two centre backs a right back and a keeper.”  Hmmm.

Basically if Arsenal had conceded one goal fewer in each of four games, we’d be in a European place for next season.   And so do we really need to change the entire defence for that – especially since the media endlessly tell us that in the past we have bought all the wrong players.  What is going to stop Arsenal buying the wrong players again?

Well, nothing actually.   Yet the fact remains that only Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have conceded fewer goals than Arsenal.

No wonder some transfer rumours are written as a burbling array of mindless gibberish.   Anyway according to the Daily Express we need a new goalkeeper, a new right back, a new right centre back, a backup left back, and, actually I lost the will to try and disentangle the rest.

But the demands for a new defence is important because it shows just how the media copy each other.  Someone somewhere said we needed a new defence and everyone writes about the new defence being needed, day after day after day.

Anyway, to keep you occupied if you have nothing better to do, here’s a list of a few players incoming.

Source Player From 
101 Great Goals Joachim Anderson Fulham
Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester
BBC Raphael Varane Real Madrid
Ali Camara Young Boys
Caught Offside (6) Orkun Kokcu Feyenoord
 Jesse Lingard 
Man U
Tariq Lamptey, Brighton
Kaiky Santos
Nabil Fekir Real Betis
Alassane Plea Borussia Monchengladbach
Eurosport Alassane Plea Borussia Monchengladbach
Pau Torres Villareal
Express (5) Yves Bissouma Brighton and Hove
Sergio Aguero Manchester City
Lucas Vazquez Real Madrid
Julian Draxler PSG
Jesse Lingard Mancheseter United
Eye Jesse Lingard Manchester United
Max Aarons Norwich
Football 365 Jesse Lingard Manchester United
Football League World Emi Buendia Norwich City
Football London (11) Emi Buendia Norwich City
David Alaba Bayern Munich
Yves Bissouma Brighton and Hove
Pedro Goncalves Sporting Lisbon
Julian Draxler PSG
Lucas Vazquez Real Madrid
Florian Thauvin Marseille
Hakan Calhanoglu AC Milan
Jesse Lingard Manchester United
Martin Odegaard Real Madrid
Pau Torres Villareal
FourfourTwo (5) Sergio Aguero Manchester City
Achraf Hakimi Inter
Wilfred Zaha Crystal Palace
Ivan Toney Brentford
Julian Brandt. Borussia Dortmund
Give Me Sport Hakan Calhanoglu AC Milan
Hard Tackle Wilfred Zaha Crystal Palace
Matheus Martinelli Fuminese
Takefusa Kobo Real Madrid
Alassane Plea Borussia Munchengladbach
HITC (9) Wilfred Zaha Crystal Palace
Joachim Andersen Lyon
Emi Buendia Norwich City
Nabil Fekir Real Betis
Tariq Lamptey Brighton and Hove
Yves Bissouma Brighton and Hove
Jesse Lingard Manchester United
Kaiky Santos
Pau Torres Villareal
Just Arsenal Bryan Gil Seville
William Zaha Crystal Palace
Julian Brandt Borussia Dortmund
Just Arsenal News Matheus Martinelli Fluminense
London Football News Seny Dieng QPR
Mail (5) Achraf Hakimi Inter Milan
Jerome Boateng Bayern Munich
Folarin Balogun Will sign a new contract
Alassane Plea Borussia Monchengladbach
Pau Torres Villareal
Manchester Evening News Jesse Lingaard Manchester United
Metro Dybala Juventus
Jesse Lingaard Manchester United
Mirror (5) Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace
Joachim Andersen Lyon
Jesse Lingard Manchester Untied
Orkun Kokcu Feyenoord
Julian Brandt. Borussia Dortmund
Nottheoldfirm Jack Ross Hibs
Shoot Wilfred Zaha Crystal Palace
Sky Sports Hakan Calhanoglu AC Milan
Sport Pau t
Sports Lens Achraf Hakimi Inter Milan
Seny Dieng QPR
Sport Review Alassane Plea Borussia Monchengladbach
Sports-View Achraf Hakimi Inter Milan
Wilfred Zaha Crystal Palace
Sun Hakan Calhanoglu AC Milan
Jesse Lingard Manchester United
This is Futbol Emi Buendia Norwich

This is only a smattering, but it gives a feeling of which names have been popular thus far.

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