A bumper summer for Arsenal: 39 players arriving, 18 going.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

If this were a traditional war, this would be the moment when a significant amount of hunkering down into bunkers would be taking place.

And I say that because although no one is shooting at anyone else (at least not as far as I know) there is not the slightest sign in the media that anyone is taking a blind bit of notice at the reality.  There is no backing off.

Let’s just see the grizzly affair in action.

  • The headline: Arsenal to announce first summer signing as Edu makes £10m transfer decision
  • The decision: The £10m transfer isn’t happening
  • The actual transfer: Mat Ryan is set to complete a free transfer from Brighton and Hove Albion.
  • The knocking:  “Bernd Leno’s future uncertain.”
  • The unsettling: ” the Gunners will be in the market to sign players in at least five positions this summer
  • The reality: there’s no mention of who these five players are, and indeed the story about Mat Ryan is nicked from the Sun.

Of course most Arsenal fans just read Arsenal stories, but should they ever stray into Liverpool territory they might be interested in because of its touch of negativity – a sort of Arsenal style reporting but with the regret toned down to just 20%.

Jurgen Klopp will regret allowing Arsenal to sign £72million ace unchallenged

The £72m is of course the clue – it has to be Pepe and this is what AnfieldCentral have to say.  It is interesting because

“A report from Goal in August 2019 claimed that Klopp was interested in Pepe but ultimately decided not to pursue him because he wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter at Anfield due to Mohamed Salah’s occupation of the right-wing role.

“At £72million, that was a wise move but I think if the Ivorian has another impressive year, Klopp might come to regret not find a way to sign Pepe in a more financially sensible way.

“For example, the Reds could have agreed a deal with Lille to keep the forward at the Ligue 1 club for another year before signing him the summer afterwards for a reduced fee.  Alas, Arsenal signed him and he’s beginning to show why the North London side decided to spend so much to take him to the Emirates Stadium.”

The 39 players tipped to be arriving this summer! 

No Player Current club  Position Reported by
1  Max Aarons Norwich Full back Daily Express
2 Houssem Aouar Lyon Midfield Football.London
3 Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham Centre back Daily Express
4 Loic Bade Lens Defender Boot Room
5 Sander Berge Sheffield Utd Midfield HITC; Express – he was seen out with Odegaard
6 Ryan Bertrand Southampton Left back Mirror
7 Yves Bissouma Brighton Midfield Africa Football, Express, TBR, HITC.  No he’s going to Liverpool (Express) – it’s a swap deal with Nketiah.
NEW Nicolo Barella Inter Milan Centre midfield Anfield Central
9 Josip Brekalo Wolfsberg Winger Just Arsenal
10 Emiliano Buendia Norwich Playmaker Daily Mail, Metro, FL, Boot Room, Sportslens, HITC, TBR, Teamtalk, Telegraph, F365, FoLo
NEW Eduaro Camavinga Rennes Midfield Will cost around €50million, Caught offside.
12 Nathan Collins Stoke City Defender Sun, TBR.  (Arsenal buying an “uncompromising” Stoke defender????)
13  Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Midfield Just Arsenal, FoLo: Arsenal will have to wait
14 Patson Daka RB Salzburg Striker TBR Football
15 Moussa Dembele Lyon (At. Madrid) Striker Daily Express, HITC
NEW Sergino Dest Barcelona Right back Bleacher claims he has  £343 million release clause.  HITC says could be on at lower price!
17 Oddsonne Edouard Celtic Striker Daily Star
18 Achraf Hakimi Inter Milan Right Back Daily Express, HITC
19 Jules Kounde Sevilla Centre back Daily Express, Star, HITC
20 Layvin Kurzawa PSG Left Back Sport Witness
NEW Noussair Mazraoui Bayern Munich Right back 101 great goals
Update Riyad Mahrez Manchester City Forward Daily Mail, Leicester Mercury, Football London, Sport Review, TBR.  AFC pushing forward to deal.
23 Neto Barcelona Goalkeeper Caught Offside
NEW Andre Onana Ajax Keeper Caught Offside
25 Paul Onuachu Genk Striker Sport Witness
26 Michael Olise Reading Midfield All Nigerian Soccer
NEW Emerson Royal Real Betis loaned from Barcelona Right back Sport Witness; could happen this week (31 May)
28 Kays Ruiz-Atil  PSG Midfield Just Arsenal News
NEW Manor Solomon Shakhtar Donetsk Winger Football.London, HITC
30 Raheem Sterling Manchester City Forward Daily Mail, TBR. the Hard Tackle  Cost £49m. Sport Review
NEW Edmond Tapsoba Bayer Leverkusen Defender Caught offside
Update Tiago Tomas Sporting CP, Metro striker May not come as we don’t have Europe
33 Wojciech Szczesny Juventus Goal Sport Witness; Szczesny counts as home ground and that could be the key point.
Update Edmond Tapsoba Bayer Leverkusen Centre back HITC, Just Arsenal News (twice), Daily Cannon (may be too expensive).  TeamTalk suggest it is on.  FoLo – its £60m or nothing.
NEW Tiago Tomas Sporting Lisbon Forward 442: 60m euros agreed. But player refused Arsenal
NEW Ivan Toney Brentford Forward Brentford say no.
37 Pau Torres Villareal Centre back Football London
38 Cengiz Under Roma HITC: In exchange for Xhaka
39 Dusan Vlahovic Fiorentina Striker Teamtalk, FoLo.   This is futbol: “he’s not going”

And the list of players we are about to lose (according to “reports”)

The Leavers Chart 

No Player Going to Reported by.
1 Hector Bellerin Real Betis Sport Witness (now running story again), Just Arsenal
2 Dani Ceballos Rea; Madrid Daily Express
Update Matteo Guendouzi. Brighton Daily Express.  Just Arsenal say Olympique Marseille.  FoLo & TBR (suddenly picking up on the Brighton story) & Hard Tackle agree.  HITC have Brighton. TBR outraged. OM, for Sports Lens
4 Sead Kolasinac Not staying at Schalke Football London
5 Alexandre Lacazette Daily Express
6 David Luiz Daily Express
7 Ainsley Maitland-Niles Daily Express
8 Konstantinos Mavropanos Stuttgart Daily Express, Kicker
Update Reiss Nelson Olympiacos Daily Express, Sport Witness
Update Eddie Nketiah Brighton or Watford Sports Lens, Sussex Live, HITC.  TBR talking up Watford
Update Martin Odegaard Real Madrid Daily Express.  Just Arsenal News say he can stay for €60 Million
12 Mat Ryan Brighton Daily Express
13 Runar Alex Runarsson Daily Express
14 William Saliba West Ham, Bayer Leverkusen Hammers New, Daily Canon
15 Lucas Torreira Atletico Madrid Daily Express
16 Willian MLS or Chelsea Givemesport HITC says not going to happen
17 Joe Willock Newcastle Daily Express
Update Granit Xhaka Roma Sports Witness, Sky Sports, cultofcalcio.com, Mirror, Athletic (he just wants to leave).  HITC – he’s agreed to go.  TBR Arsenal reject bid. Inside futbul – it’s on.  TBR – Roman getting impatient.