73 players coming to Arsenal this summer! 7 new; 11 updates. The full list.

By Sir Hardly Anyone.

Now here are three interesting issues that have come up.

First, the media know most of the transfers they mention won’t happen.  After all, this is how it has been each summer, when generally over 100 players are mentioned, but actual transfers are normally only mentioned a day or two before the deal happens and usually total two or three.

Second, they know that Arsenal had a brilliant last two-thirds of the season and there’s no reason to think that form will suddenly fall away.

Third , they may know how Arsenal did it through an extraordinary tactical development – after all we have published all the statistics and evidence so it is only through laziness if they don’t.  But they don’t mention any of it.

But instead they continue with statements like this from “Team Talk”:  “Arsenal are in desperate need of positive news after an underwhelming campaign gave their fans little to cheer about.”    They then say Arsenal are chasing a player who is no good.  Ah well, some sites just won’t read the stats.

Below is a list of the players the media have mentioned this summer.  But pause for a moment and think, why are they doing this when they know what’s really going on..

No Player Current club  Position Reported by
1  Max Aarons Norwich Full back Daily Express
Update Abdul Abdulmalik Millwall Forward Mail.  Swansea have made a bid.  Express says Millwall trying to hold him
3 Houssem Aouar Lyon Midfield Football.London (FoLo)
4 Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham Centre back Daily Express.  Just £10m (Daily Cannon) until 1 month before new season.
5 Yuri Alberto Inter Forward 20 year old Brazilian.  Inter need the money
6 Joachim Andersen Lyon Centre back Replacement for David Luiz. £20m. FFC.
Update Loic Bade Lens Defender Boot Room.  £22m Leeds also want.
8 Folarin Balogun Arsenal academy Striker All Nigeria Soccer says he is in the party going to USA for pre-season.
NEW Dominico Beradi Sassuolo Winger €50million (Arsenal Fever)
10 Nicolo Barella Inter Milan Centre midfield Anfield Central
11 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.
12 Ryan Bertrand Southampton Left back Mirror
13 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).  Anfield Cental: Liverpool will regret this.  £50m quoted
14 Josip Brekalo Wolfsberg Winger Just Arsenal
15 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
16 Eduaro Camavinga Rennes Midfield Will cost around €50million, Caught offside.  TBR say he is compared to Vieira
17 Luis Campos Lille Sporting director Would handle transfers.  Charlie Watts says good idea
18 Hakan Calhanoglu AC Milan Midfield Out of contract this summer.  HITC – “exceptionally talented”
19 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.
20 Nathan Collins Stoke City Defender Sun, TBR.  (Arsenal buying an “uncompromising” Stoke defender????).   The 72.
21 Joaquin Correa Lazio Forward TBR £30m.
22  Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Midfield Just Arsenal, FoLo: Arsenal will have to wait.  Winterburn says “don’t”.  Just Arsenal says Arsenal interested
23 Patson Daka RB Salzburg Striker TBR Football
24 Moussa Dembele Lyon (At. Madrid) Striker Daily Express, HITC.  FoLo: “Fresh Arsenal links”.  Just Arsenal: he can leave
25 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
26 Josh Doig Hibs Left back The Scotsman.  £5m.  FoLo say Arsenal desperate to buy a new left back.
27 Oddsonne Edouard Celtic Striker Daily Star.  FoLo says Leicester and Milan want him.
Update Nabil Fekir Real Betis Forward HITC: wants to move to Arsenal.  FoLo says it is on.  TBR says he wants to join. Arsenal made an offer (Canon).  Still on Team Talk, Just Arsenal.  Star: bid far too low.
NEW Ferreira Grêmio Winger 23 years old (Caught offside)
30 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
31 Achraf Hakimi Inter Milan Right Back Daily Express, HITC
Update Alexander Isak Real Sociedad Forward The Athletic says Arsenal interested.  HITC re-running it.  And FoLo.  Cesc says his the top man at the Euros. Others agree.  HITC raving
33 Joan Jordan. Sevilla Midfield TBR says Sevilla don’t want to sell.
34 Kyle Joseph Swansea Forward Wales online: Swansea, Rangers, Celtic also want him
35 Glen Kamara Rangers Midfield Rangers News
NEW Tenu Koopmeiners AZ Alkmaars Midfield 23 year old playing for Netherlands
37 Jules Kounde Sevilla Centre back Daily Express, Star, HITC.  Sports Mole says offer about to go in.  TBR says Arsenal moving in.
38 Layvin Kurzawa PSG Left Back Sport Witness
NEW Manuel Locatelli Sassuolo Midfield Express: player will decide after Euros
Update Albert Sambi Lokonga Anderlecht Midfield Like Yaya Toure, better than Yves Bissouma.  TBR says, could be available on the cheap.  Henry recommends. Footballtalk says first bid rejected.  TBR says transfer is inevitable. Metro says Arsenal have put bid in. AFC just £4m short (Athletic).   Any moment, HITC
41 Noussair Mazraoui Bayern Munich Right back 101 great goals
42 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
43 Ruben Neves Wolverhampton Wands Midfield Dail Mail: Wolv. wanting £41m; TBR “move is imminent”.  Swap for Maitland Niles (Mirror).  Arriving this week.  Replacing Xhaka (HITC).  No this week (which is the following week).  F365. “A bad move” Agbonlahor
44 Neto Barcelona Goalkeeper Caught Offside
NEW Martin Odegaard Real Madrid Midfield Arsenal not offering enough.  Mirror.  HITC will stay at Madridf
Update Andre Onana Ajax Keeper (banned for one year, reduced to 9 months on appeal) 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,  Now say Arsenal are great fans. CAS has reduced his sentence to nine months (TBR).  Inside Football says AFC to bid.  Football Talk also
47 Paul Onuachu Genk Striker Sport Witness
48 Michael Olise Reading Midfield All Nigerian Soccer
49 Charlie Patino Arsenal Academy Defensive midfield 17 year old.  Maybe going to under 23s first.  HITC
50 Rodrigo de Paul Udinese Attacking midfield Caught offside.  Liverpool and Leeds also looking.  AFC late interest (caughtoffside).  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.  Metro, he’s certainly leaving
NEW Ricardinho Grêmio Forward 20 year old: Caught offside
53 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.
54 Guido Rodriguez Real Betis Defensive midfield HITC; Just Arsenal News
55 Kays Ruiz-Atil  PSG Midfield Just Arsenal News
Update Matt Ryan Brighton Goal HITC: he wants first team football.  Going to Celtic (Football Insider)
Update Manor Solomon Shakhtar Donetsk Winger Football.London, HITC.  “Looking for a house,” TBR.  Arsenal put in bid.  HITC.  Bid expected (Caught offside).  He’s the man they want (ditto)
Update Raheem Sterling Manchester City Forward Daily Mail, TBR. the Hard Tackle  Cost £49m. Sport Review.  HITC says Ferdinand says he’s unplayable. FoLo says he won’t go to Arsenal
59 Wojciech Szczesny Juventus Goal Sport Witness; Szczesny counts as home grown and that could be the key point.
60 Edmond Tapsoba Bayer Leverkusen Defender Caught offside.
61 Tiago Tomas Sporting CP, Metro striker May not come as we don’t have Europe
62 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.
63 Tiago Tomas Sporting Lisbon Forward 442: 60m euros agreed. But player refused Arsenal
64 Ivan Toney Brentford Forward Brentford say no.
65 Pau Torres Villareal Centre back Football London
66 Kieran Trippier Atletico Madrid Right back Star
67 Cengiz Under Roma Right wing HITC: In exchange for Xhaka
NEW Patrick van Aanholt Crystal Palace Left back Team Talk says he’s no good
69  Donny van de Beek Man U Midfield TBR
Update Vanderson Grêmio Right back 19 year old Brazilian.  HITC, Boot Room., Cannon, Caught offside
71 Dusan Vlahovic Fiorentina Striker Teamtalk, FoLo.   This is futbol: “he’s not going”
Update Ben White Brighton Centreback Givemesport say £50m; Shoot / Mirror “Arsenal in chase”.  MadaboutEPL. Eurosport, 101: Mirror; Daily Canon – talks on; Express says Arsenal will swap multiple players for him. FoLo its on.  Football Insider says £40m
73 Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace Wing TBR.  Same story as for the last four transfer windows

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