Arsenal now tipped by all-knowing pundits to be signing 124 new players

By Sir Hardly Anyone

I noticed this little quote the other day: “The Arsenal management’s inability to manage the squad, manage transfers, and inspire trust is obvious to anyone watching.”  (Just Arsenal).

But given that there are now 124 players coming to Arsenal, according to the blogs and newspapers, surely the true quote ought to be “The media’s inability to sort out the truth from the gibberish is obvious anyone watching.”

Here’s my favourite this week published around 1pm on 2 August by 442.  “Arsenal deal near completion”.  That was on “Granit Xhaka from Arsenal to Roma”.

Ah well, can’t win em all.  Or indeed 1% at the moment.   Here is A to K.  L to Z is available on this link.

No Player Current club  Position Reported by
1 Patrick van Aanholt Ex Palace Left          Back HITC; Hardtackle.  Backup for Tierney
2 Max Aarons Norwich Full           back Daily Express.  Express running story again – as if new!  WhoScored – AFC interest
Up date Tammy Abraham Chelsea Striker TBR.  New Thierry (Foot Fancast).  HITC – fans will stop supporting AFC if he signs. AFC close(TBR). HITC – looking possible. Player keen (Football Talk) (TBR). AFC OK with wages. (London Football). Lacaz being sold to fund deal (Sport Review).  TBR: price slashed. Player admits he likes AFC (FoLo)
4 Abdul Abdulmalik Millwall Forward Mail.  Swansea have made a bid.  Express says Millwall trying to hold him
5 Tyler Adams Leipzig Midfield FoLo
6 Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham Centre       back Daily Express.  Just £10m (Daily Cannon) until 1 month before new season. Top Flight: Arsenal interested.  Centre back£10m release clause.  The Athletic
7 Amine Adli Toulouse Forward TBR: Leicester also interested. Player has rejected new contract.  SportWitness, no he’s staying put.  Sports Lens: replaces Odegaard.  He will certainly leave HITC
8 Nathan Ake Man C Centre or     left back Express; AFC close link with Man C cited.
9 Yuri Alberto Inter Forward 20 year old Brazilian.  Inter need the money
10 Joachim Andersen Lyon Centre      back Replacement for David Luiz. £20m. FFC.
NEW Marco Asensio Real Madrid Winger Kop Times: AFC beating Liverpool to the deal
12 Houssem Aouar Lyon Midfield Football.London (FoLo). Negotiations at advanced stage  Back on (FoLo).  A bargain (HITC). Going well  (Arsenal station). Bid Tabled (Give me sport).  It’s off (Express). AFC favourites (Canon)
NEW Daniel Bachmann Watford Goalkeeper £15m. Watford not dealing.  Notheoldfirm
14 Loic Bade Lens Defender Boot Room.  £22m Leeds also want.
15 Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen Winger Caught off, Sun, Mirror, Bleacher, 365. Football Insider: Arsenal pulled out as his attitude is not right.
16 Folarin Balogun Arsenal    academy Striker All Nigeria Soccer says he is in the party going to USA for pre-season.
17 Dominico Beradi Sassuolo Winger €50million (Arsenal Fever).
18 Nicolo Barella Inter  Milan Centre midfield Anfield Central
19 Andrea Belotti Palermo Striker Man U, Liverpoool, Chelsea, Everton also interested.  101 great goals. Decision about to be made TBR
Up date  

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. Insidefutbol says AFC not willing to pay the price asked.  Caught Office: Arsenal reaching agreement. Sportsmore says no go. Napoli & Atalanta want him (Star).  AFC circling (FL World). Price too high (FFC).  TBR: he’s available. Arsenal reignited interest (Football league world). He’s going to Napoli (FL World). Player suggests he doesn’t want to go to AFC (HITC)
21 Ryan Bertrand Soton Left back Mirror
22 Mika Biereth Fulham Striker Arsenal youth; TBR
23 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. Star: AFC / Liverpool “head to head”. SportReview: he has a chequered past. No its Liverp.  TBR. TBR – no its Arsenal with R Nelson in part ex.
NEW Julian Brandt Borussia Dortmund Attacking midfield 4th official: available for €25m, replacement for Odegaard.
25 Josip Brekalo Wolfsberg Winger Just Arsenal
26 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
27 Hakan Calhanoglu AC Milan Midfield Out of contract this summer.  HITC – “exceptionally talented”
28 Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton Forward Express: Arsenal weighing up options.  Hard Tackle: Arsenal “keeping tabs”.  Man U trying to beat Arsenal. Football Talk, Sports Lens
29 Eduaro Camavinga Rennes Midfield Will cost around €50million, Caught offside.  TBR say he is compared to Vieira.  HITC its on.  SportsMole: he’s the main target.  Arsenal tracking him (Mail).  Caught Offside: Man U about to muscle in. 4th Official: Talented anchorman who can spray passes all around the park. AFC, Chelsea, Man U fighting it out (442)
30 Luis Campos Lille Sporting director Would handle transfers.  Charlie Watts says good idea
31 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.  Mail says interest is still on.
32 Nathan Collins Stoke City Defender Sun, TBR.  (Arsenal buying an “uncompromising” Stoke defender????).   The 72.
33 Jesus Corona Porto Right     back  or wing Metro.  Signing this week.  HITC – he’s refusing to sign a new contract. Still a target (Express)
Up date Joaquin Correa Lazio Forward TBR £30m.  Offer is now Torreira plus cash (TBR).  One offer rejected already. Plauyer wants to leave (HITC)
NEW Vladimir Coufal WHU Right back Football insider, Sky Sports, Hard Tackle
36  Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Midfield Just Arsenal, FoLo: Arsenal will have to wait.  Winterburn says “don’t”.  Just Arsenal says Arsenal interested.  Express says still on. Mirror says AFC want report on his injury.  PSG have made a bid: The Lazalai.  HITC: Arsenal make contact
37 Patson Daka RB    Salzburg Striker TBR Football; Leicester want him so Arsenal no chance Express
38 Moussa Dembele Lyon          (At. Madrid) Striker Daily Express, HITC.  FoLo: “Fresh Arsenal links”.  Just Arsenal: he can leave
Up date 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. AFC make approach – FoLo. He turns AFC down – JustArse. New approach – Football Tallk.  The deal has failed.  (365)
40 Amadou Diawara AS Roma Defensive midfield Moving to Arsenal as part of the Xhaka deal: Hard Tackle
41 Matchoi Djalo Pascos de Ferreira Winger Canon.  Available for £1m
42 Josh Doig Hibs Left back The Scotsman.  £5m.  FoLo say Arsenal desperate to buy a new left back.  Inside Football: AFC not interested.  Hibs told to lower price (Edinburgh news)
43 Oddsonne Edouard Celtic Striker Daily Star.  FoLo says Leicester and Milan want him. Now FoLo say he’s staying at Celtic!
44 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. 101 says most realistic transfer.  Talks with player’s rep (TBR)
45 Ferreira Grêmio Winger 23 years old (Caught offside)
46 Jack Grealish Aston Villa Wing/ midfield Football fan cast; Athletic
47 Florian Grillitsch Hoffenh’m Midfield Only one year left on contract HITC
48 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.  Just Arsenal now re-running that story
NEW Bruno Guimaraes Lyon Midfield TBR – Arsenal in talks to sign him.  Fresh Arsenal call him a Xhaka upgrade.  HITC reporting it. AFC about to bid (Tribal Football).  Edu is big fan (Express)
50 Miguel Gutierrez Real Madrid Full Back The Athletic; Hard Tackle; TBR – Arsenal still interested.  Sport Witness says “surprising claims”.  Arsenal made off (TBR)
51 Achraf Hakimi Inter Milan Right     Back Daily Express, HITC
NEW Mathew Hoppe  Schalke Left sided Forward 442, Daily Star
53 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. Chelsea & Liverpool also want him. (Sports Mole). Tottenham also want him  HITC. Arsenal met the asking price. Star agrees. Release clause £60m – Media Referee.  Teamtalk: nearly there. HITC – price has just gone up.
54 Isco Real    Madrid Midfield Mirror.  Milan & Totts also keen. It’s a bargain (Just Arsenal).
Up date Sam Johnstone WBA Goal If Ramsdale won’t come (Star).  Arsenal’s new focus (Mirror), (Footballleagueworld).  Still interested (Mirror)
56 Joan Jordan Sevilla Midfield TBR says Sevilla don’t want to sell.
57 Kaio Jorge Santos Forward Wolverhampton also interested (Caught offside).  Available on a free (HITC)
58 Kyle Joseph Swansea Forward Wales online: Swansea, Rangers, Celtic also want him
59 Vinicus Junior Real    Madrid Winger Brazilian.  Hard tackle says AFC enquiring
60 Glen Kamara Rangers Midfield Rangers News.  Watford News says he’s going to Watford. Teamtalk: back on. Sportslen: very likely.  Alternative to Neves (HITC)
Up date Thilo Kehrer PSG Defender TBR – AFC looking into… PSG Talk ditto, TeamTalk also.  HITC – rival bidders have financial issues
62 Jonjoe Kenny. Everton Right     Back Mail / TBR.  We need a right back???  Celtic Star calls him “Celtic flop”.
63 Franck Kessie AC Milan Midfield £42m (HITC). Arsenal out front (Mirror).  Insidefutbol “Arsenal sniffing around”
64 Tenu Koopmeiners AZ   Alkmaars Midfield 23 year old playing for Netherlands.  HITC – he’s tempted. Teamtalk.

Part 2, L to Z, follows shortly.


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