How Arsenal were robbed by VAR, and the forthcoming transfers

By Sir Hardly Anyone

So who is buying whom thus far among the big boys?  Here are the details

Club In Cost Out Income Profit/Loss
Arsenal Vieira, Turner, Marquinhos £42m Guendouzi, Mavraponos, Lacazette £12nm -£30m
Chelsea None None 0
Liverpool Núñez, Carvalho, Ramsay £76m Mané £28m -£48m
Manchester C Haaland £52m Bazunu, Porro £19m -£33m
Manchester U None None 0
Newcastle U Matt Targett £15m -£15m
Tottenham H
Yves Bissouma, Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic
£25m Cameron Carter-Vickers £6m -£19m


This puts Arsenal only a little way behind Manchester City and Liverpool thus far.    However, there is a worrying thought if Arsenal do continue and buy a range of players as they did last summer.  For it did take a few matches for Arsenal’s new defence to settle down again.   If there is an array of purchases, as is now widely predicted, we could have another stuttering start to the season and more demands for the manager to be sacked.

The main talking points in the media at the moment are:

1: Raphina, with the club said to be closing in on a summer move for Leeds United winger.  (Express) for a fee of around £43m.  Arsenal Station put the price higher.

2.  Gabriel Jesus’ agent is flying in to London to try and push through a move to Arsenal as the Gunners prepare to announce the signing of Fabio Vieira from Porto.  (Football Talk).  Oh yes and we know it is on because his agent has been spotted at the airport.   Ah the old ones are the best.

3.  Arsenal and Newcastle United have made their move for Fabian Ruiz, with Corriere dello Sport reporting that Napoli do not want to lose the midfielder on a free next year. (TBR)

4.  Arsenal have offered £50 for Raphinha of Leeds according to the Mail and other sources.  He is on the verge of a move, according to Lastwordonsports.   Elsewhere the report is that Tottenham have made a bid for him.

5.  Osei-Tutu is off to Bochum according to Sport Witness.

6.  Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez is on his way to Arsenal, according to the Mirror

7.  But Arsenal are reportedly willing to sacrifice Gabriel Magalhaes to secure the signing of Tammy Abraham this summer, according to Football 365.

8. And the deal for Oleksandr Zinchenko – the defensive midfielder from Manchester City is on.  That is actually in the Mirror which is odd because the Mirror also tells us that our line up at the start of the coming season will be…


Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney

Vieira, Partey, Odegaard

Saka, Jesus, Martinelli


Meanwhile, credit where it is due, for London World has come up with an alternative league table – one which shows where Arsenal would be if VAR did not keep getting in the way.

Their adjusted league table for the European places runs

  • 1: Manchester City (93 points) No change
  • 2: Liverpool (91 points) No change
  • 3: Chelsea: (72 points) No change
  • 4: Arsenal (70 points) Up one place
  • 5: Tottenham Hots (69 points)  Down one place
  • 6: West Ham United (58 points).  Up one place
  • 7: Manchester United (56 points).  Down one place

So there we are, we was robbed by VAR.


5 Replies to “How Arsenal were robbed by VAR, and the forthcoming transfers”

  1. Is the Arsenal motto “everything is someone else’s fault” ? Oh and you can only be “robbed” by VAR if they get the decision wrong, otherwise they are just making sure the correct decision is made. So presumably when VAR is used there’s a special system only employed with Arsenal to get the decision wrong ? What an ill thought out, pathetic piece of writing.

  2. Jod did u actually read the article it clearly states the VAR Ttable was on another site not this site.
    So as it was a non Arsenal site your argument about Arsenal falls flat on its face and is therefore “ill thought out out and a pathetic piece of writing”

  3. Arsenal was not robbed by VAR, They were robbed by the officials, referee

  4. Jod what is interesting is that you clearly read it all (otherwise you would not have commented surely). But why spend your time reading what you consider to be an ill thought out, pathetic piece of writing. I must say for myself if I spot “an ill thought out, pathetic piece of writing.” I tend to stop reading and move on to something else. Obviously I disagree with you about the quality of the piece, but I am trying to understand your comment from your point of view. And it is quite hard.

  5. Tony,

    I would not be as worried as you about the start of the season. After all Arsenal are not replacing the main elements of it’s team. If I am not wrong the team that played the last game can start the first one, they are used to playing with each other and used to Arsenal’s strategy.

    Sure the new acquisitions will be coming in but for that we’ve got a heavy schedule that will enable that.4

    So everyone ought to just calm down a notch or two, our team is being augmented not replaced

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