The 58 players tipped to join Arsenal so far this summer

Each summer journalists and bloggers report over 100 players that Arsenal are planning to buy – and that number excludes players who the bloggers and journalists suggest Arsenal ought to buy.

Usually only about three or four of these rumours turn out to be true.  Also, usually, these truthful rumours normally only emerge a few days before the transfer happens.

So why do the bloggers and journalists do this, when they know they always get it so wrong?

First, its cheap and takes no time.  Anyone can create a rumour in ten seconds.

Second, it is easy to escape any blame for being wrong by always adding to each and every report a note saying that the story comes from another blog or newspaper.  If you ever trace these back you’ll find the majority of them go round in a circle – A cites B as the source, B cites C, C cites D, D cites A.

Third it is a way of avoiding the main stories of the day.  There were, first that for the last two thirds of last season Arsenal improved so greatly they were the second best team in the league.  Second that Arsenal used an audacious tactical change last season to achieve their success.  Third this success was recognised by figures from Football Observatory at the end of the season showing Arsenal dominating the statistics.

Here are the reports of players joining Arsenal this summer

No Player Current club  Position Reported by
1  Max Aarons Norwich Full back Daily Express
2 Houssem Aouar Lyon Midfield Football.London (FoLo)
3 Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham Centre back Daily Express
4 Yuri Alberto Inter Forward 20 year old Brazilian.  Inter need the money
5 Loic Bade Lens Defender Boot Room
NEW Folarin Balogun Arsenal academy Striker All Nigeria Soccer says he is in the party going to USA for pre-season.
7 Nicolo Barella Inter Milan Centre midfield Anfield Central
Update Sander Berge Sheffield Utd Midfield HITC; Express – he was seen out with Odegaard,   Arsenal not willing to pay the asking price. Caught offside: Price dropped.  VG says Arsenal interested, so does FoLo.
9 Ryan Bertrand Southampton Left back Mirror
Update Yves Bissouma Brighton Midfield Africa Football, Express, TBR, HITC, FoLo. No he’s going to Liverpool (Express) – it’s a swap deal with Nketiah. “Fans in meltdown” FoLo.  He’s wanting a move (Rousingthekop)
11 Josip Brekalo Wolfsberg Winger Just Arsenal
12 Emiliano Buendia Norwich Playmaker Daily Mail, Metro, FL, Boot Room, Sportslens, HITC, TBR, Teamtalk, Telegraph, F365, FoLo, HITC.  Told to forget AFC and sign for Villa (Birmingham Live).  Arsenal have offered £35m (Star). Caught offside say its on. And HITC.  No – he went to Villa
13 Eduaro Camavinga Rennes Midfield Will cost around €50million, Caught offside.  TBR say he is compared to Vieira
14 Luis Campos Lille Sporting director Would handle transfers.  Charlie Watts says good idea
NEW Hakan Calhanoglu AC Milan Midfield Out of contract this summer
16 Zeki Celik Lille Right back Standard, Just Arsenal, Sports Lens, Sport Review  Man U, Totts also interested.  HITC say it would be a bargain fee.
17 Nathan Collins Stoke City Defender Sun, TBR.  (Arsenal buying an “uncompromising” Stoke defender????).   The 72.
18  Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Midfield Just Arsenal, FoLo: Arsenal will have to wait.  Winterburn says “don’t”
19 Patson Daka RB Salzburg Striker TBR Football
20 Moussa Dembele Lyon (At. Madrid) Striker Daily Express, HITC.  FoLo: “Fresh Arsenal links”
21 Sergino Dest Barcelona Right back Bleacher claims he has  £343 million release clause.  HITC says could be on at lower price!  HITC now says it is on
NEW Josh Doig Hibs Left back The Scotsman.  £5m.  FoLo say Arsenal desperate to buy a new left back.
23 Oddsonne Edouard Celtic Striker Daily Star.  FoLo says Leicester and Milan want him.
NEW Nabil Fekir Real Betis Forward HITC: wants to move to Arsenal.  FoLo says it is on.  TBR says he wants to join.
25 Matteo Guendouzi Arsenal! Midfield He’s been in disgrace so long it seems like he’s already gone but Metro is saying he will be given a contract extension & return
26 Achraf Hakimi Inter Milan Right Back Daily Express, HITC
NEW Alexander Isak Real Sociedad Forward The Athletic says Arsenal interested
NEW Joan Jordan. Sevilla Midfield TBR says Sevilla don’t want to sell.
29 Kyle Joseph Swansea Forward Wales online: Swansea, Rangers, Celtic also want him
Update Jules Kounde Sevilla Centre back Daily Express, Star, HITC.  Sports Mole says offer about to go in.  TBR says Arsenal moving in.
31 Layvin Kurzawa PSG Left Back Sport Witness
32 Albert Sambi Lokonga Anderlecht Midfield Like Yaya Toure, better than Yves Bissouma.  TBR says, could be available on the cheap.  Henry recommends. Henry recommends.
33 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. HITC says he has announced he is not going
NEW Ruben Neves Wolverhampton Wands Midfield Dail Mail: Wolv. wanting £41m; TBR “move is imminent”.  Swap for Maitland Niles (Mirror)
36 Neto Barcelona Goalkeeper Caught Offside
37 Andre Onana Ajax Keeper (currently banned for one year) Caught Offside, Mail, Telegraph.  Mirror says Arsenal’s keeper coach prefers him to Leno for immediate change. Teleg says we’ll buy no matter what happens in court.  Hard Tackle: deal close. HITC says he wants to join but Arsenal offer too low
38 Paul Onuachu Genk Striker Sport Witness
39 Michael Olise Reading Midfield All Nigerian Soccer
NEW Charlie Patino Arsenal Academy Defensive midfield 17 year old.  Maybe going to under 23s first.  HITC
Update Aaron Ramsey Juventus Midfield Just Arsenal News says cash plus Bellerin will do it.  Mirror says it is on.  Mirror – its swap for Bellerin plus cash
42 Emerson Royal Real Betis loaned from Barcelona Right back Sport Witness; could happen this week (31 May).  Not happening “despite relentless speculation”- HITC commenting on its own news coverage.
NEW Guido Rodriguez Real Betis Defensive midfield HITC
44 Kays Ruiz-Atil  PSG Midfield Just Arsenal News
Update Manor Solomon Shakhtar Donetsk Winger Football.London, HITC.  “Looking for a house,” TBR.  Arsenal put in bid.  HITC
46 Raheem Sterling Manchester City Forward Daily Mail, TBR. the Hard Tackle  Cost £49m. Sport Review.  HITC says Ferdinand says he’s unplayable.
47 Edmond Tapsoba Bayer Leverkusen Defender Caught offside.
48 Tiago Tomas Sporting CP, Metro striker May not come as we don’t have Europe
49 Wojciech Szczesny Juventus Goal Sport Witness; Szczesny counts as home grown and that could be the key point.
50 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. Chelsea, Man U beating Arsenal.
51 Tiago Tomas Sporting Lisbon Forward 442: 60m euros agreed. But player refused Arsenal
52 Ivan Toney Brentford Forward Brentford say no.
53 Pau Torres Villareal Centre back Football London
54 Kieran Trippier Atletico Madrid Right back Star
55 Cengiz Under Roma Right wing HITC: In exchange for Xhaka
56 Dusan Vlahovic Fiorentina Striker Teamtalk, FoLo.   This is futbol: “he’s not going”
NEW Ben White Brighton Centreback Givemesport say £50m
58 Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace Wing TBR.  Same story as for the last four transfer windows


3 Replies to “The 58 players tipped to join Arsenal so far this summer”

  1. xhaka’s off to rome
    so much for my favored 2021-2022 XI (3-4-3):
    it’s a huge loss; he was our most reliable player, and i urge all of arsenal “fans” who have doubted him at some point, to watch again our facup semi-final against city on our way to the 14th
    like many of arsenal fans i suppose i try to figure out what our squad will look like at the start of next season
    granit, in his very specific role as a left-footed, deep midfielder, lacking pace but with a truly exceptional vision and passing ability, not to mention his bravery, mental as well as physical, or again his professionalism, which is very likely to account for the ludicrously low number of times he got stucked in the “physioroom”, well … to me, he looked like the only player with no actual backup.
    of course, i’m no professional scout, but i don’t see who, on the market, might fill the gap
    bissouma’s certainly not the one, imo; camavinga would be, but i seriously doubt we can afford him; bukayo is so versatile that he could too, of course, but our wonderkid has to be given the possibility of wreaking havoc in our opponents’ backlines, which he couldn’t do in that position
    the young cottrell would excel there, but i’m quite certain this won’t even be considered … i know i’ve not mentioned partey: the lad really, really failed to convince me – but maybe, just like pépé, he needed time to find his feet, let’s hope so – but given what his qualities are (they’ve not escaped me), he won’t make up for granit’s loss, anyway
    we’ll see, but this is a sad, sad day

  2. I am still looking for the confirmation that Xhaka has joined Roma.

    Despite the unwarranted abuse he has received from sections of our fans, he is one player I really rate and I hope he stays. I believe his midfield partnership with Partey will develop into something awesome if they continue to play together.

    Pls let this be another fake rumour.

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