93 players rumoured to be going to Arsenal. Are the journos getting lazy?

By Sir Hardly Anyone.

Yes 93 players incoming but with the transfer window now having been open for over two weeks the whole rumour system seems to have collapsed with hardly any new names being added to the list of players Arsenal are signing.

In fact there are five times as many stories of transfers to Arsenal being hijacked by other clubs as the media desperately searches for negative things to say about the club.

In some cases this search is reaching ludicrous proportions with such stories as “Manchester City are willing to sell some of their top players because they have such confidence in the players coming through their academy.  But then that is in the Mancheseter Evening News.

There are even some occasionally positive pieces such as “Mikel Arteta silencing Arsenal critics by fulfilling ‘pulling power’ promise” – Express


‘Chelsea and Manchester United’ should be worried about Arsenal’s recent transfer activity, with seemingly the most active side in the window at present. – Just Arsenal

Although ‘Eddie Nketiah “wouldn’t start for Fulham”‘ (in the Standard) does show us that the old ways die hard.  And although there is only one new name on the transfer incoming list, nine of the players have had details of their alleged move updated.  Here’s the list…

No Player Source Club Notes
1 Max Aarons Daily Cannon, Carrowroad.net, HITC Norwich City Right back.  Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund interested £20m
2 Tammy Abraham TBR, Mirror, Just Arsenal  (Left Chelsea under one year ago).  Telegraph – AFC interested Roma; Mourinho says he can go Forward. Will cost over £35m.  Wil cost €80million (Just Arsenal)
3 Manuel Akanji Mirror says he wants to come to AFC. Price dropped deal is on. Borussia Dortmund Centre back.  Contract ends next summer
4 Kerem Akturkoglu TeamTalk Galatasaray. Forward
5 Houssem Aouar Football 365 Lyon Attacking midfield
6 Ronald Araujo Express Barcelona Defender
7 Marco Arsensio Mirror Real Madrid Attackinig midfield
8 Gareth Bale Express Real Madrid Released.  AFC, Chelsea or Tottenham are the options
9 Yves Bissouma HITC, 90 Min Brighton Midfield. Requested a transfer. Liverpool want him
10 Sven Botman Express Lille, defender AFC trying to hijack Newc deal
11 Jarrod Bowen Mirror – club in contact with him. West Ham Winger
12 Julian Brandt Mirror Borussia Dortmund ready to sell Midfield
13 Gleison Bremer Football365 Torino Tottenham also want the centre back
14 Armando Broja Mirror, Caught Offside Chelsea (loan at Southampton) Forward
15 Dominic Calvert-Lewin Express, Mirror, Mail, F365, Caught Offside, TeamTalk.  Player says he wants AFC (Football Insider) (NUFCBlog). Ready to move (Just Arsenal) Everton Forward; Everton now ready to sell.  WHU want him.  AFC cooling (Football Insider) TT says AFC not interested
16 Reyes Cleary Foot365, Canon. WBA 17 year old forward
17 Phillipe Coutinho Mirror, Give Me Sport, Sport Witness, TBR Aston Villa £33.57m.  £337m release clause (TBR)
18 Danilo Teamtalk, Mirror Juventus Defensive midfield
19 Jonathan David Express, Mirror, Foot365, PBR, FoLo. Telegraph – still interested Lille Forward; agent confirms he’s leaving.  It’s on; Edu met agent
20 Moussa Dembele Telegraph: in final year of contract Lyon Forward
21 Memphis Depay TBR,  Mirror: Barca set price, AFC in pole position Barcelona Forward
22 Sergino Dest Football London Barcelona Full back
23 Moussa Diaby Mirror – £84m.  FoLo says he wants Champs Lge football Bayer Leverkusen Winger
24 Paulo Dybala HITC: Totts want him also. Football London. Story now repeated.  Mirror now saying he doesn’t want to come.  Mirror now saying he is coming.  “Meeting in London”. Juventus Forward available on a free.  Talks ongoing (FoLo). Man U, Inter and Newcastle also want him.
25 Khayon Edwards Express: AFC youth player now ready to sign full contract Arsenal Forward.  Jeorge Bird says he has signed.
26 Joao Felix Football London, Daily Canon, HITC Atletico Madrid Replacement for Lacazette
27 Marcello Flores Express, TBR Arsenal under 23s Replacement for Saka
28 Ben Foster Football London ex-Watford Now without a club, says he is hoping to go to Arsenal
29 Cody Gakpo Sport Witness, Star, Bavarian Football, HITC, Mirror (who say PSV “upping his wages” in a cunning way of keeping him) PSV (the Dutch Thierry Henry) Winger.  AFC favourites to get him. Tottenham interested
30 Florian Grillitsch Telegraph Hoffenheim Midfield.  Free agent this summer
31 Serge Gnabry Mirror (and repeated in 2nd and 3rd article) Bayern Munich Player says he wants to leave
32 Arda Guler Mirror, Sport Witness, Ozil says he’s world class (HITC) Fenerbahce Midfield. Liverpool and Bayern interested
33 Erling Haaland HITC, Sky, Express, Mirror Borussia Dortmund Age 21.  £250m. Odegaard tells AFC to sign him
34 Eden Hazard HITC, AS, Mirror, Give me Sport, Real Madrid £33.5m; meetings being held (Mirror)
35 Aaron Hickey Sport Witness.  Fo.Lo Arsenal now lead the race. Express – transfer just hours away (10 May).  Still talking (Telegraph).  HITC rated in 4/10 in match. TBR – he’s stand out player. Bologna Left back £17m; Napoli interested.  Sport Review: Arsenal about to sign him: HITC AFC favourites
36 Adam Hlozek Mirror – AFC want him but have been too slow. Spart Prague Striker
37 Alexander Isak Express, Mirror, Real Sociedad Forward, £75 release clause. Only if can’t get Abrahams.
Update Gabriel Jesus Mirror, Athletic, Sport Witness “Talks Ongoing”.  Mirror its on the cards.  Telegraph: he likes the project. Talks underway (Mirror).  Teleg again make him a feature (28 May).  Boot Room.  Chelsea put in counter bid  (Just Arsenal News).  Medical happening (Fo.Lo) Man City; Left Back Athletic: Discussions have been going on for months. Mirror: discussions yet to begin.  HITC: “done deal”.  Express – happening
39 Frenkie de Jong Mirror, but later article says he’s an “outside candidate” Barcelona Midfield
40 Luka Jovic Football.London Real Madrid Everton, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund
41 Khvicha Kvaratskhelia Hard Tackle Dinamo Batumi on leave from Rubin Kazan Napoli also interested
42 Noa Lang Hard Tackle; Team Talk.  FoLo other clubs are trying to sign him, Arsenal being too slow. Club Brugge Liverpool and Milan also want him.  Seen as replacement for Pepe but player fancies Milan.  £25m
43 Rafael Leão SI.com, Fichajes.net AC Milan Forward. Newcastle and Man C interested
44 Robert Lewandowski Express Bayern Munich Striker
45 Jesper Lindstrom HITC Eintracht Frankfurt Attacking midfield
46 James Maddison Sport Review Leicester Midfield.  Totts also interested but Maddison wants to play in team with Saka (Mirror)
47 Marquinhos Mirror.  Metro: deal done.  Telegraph – about to complete.  Wolverhampton taking legal action (Mirror) Sao Paulo 19 year old winger.  £2.5m
Update Lautaro Martinez Caught Offside, Sport Witness.  La Gazzetta dello Sport: £50m. FoLo says it is on.  Mirror – he prefers Arsenal.  Express, PeoplePerson – Man U hijacking deal. Inter reveal the price (Mirror) Inter Milan Forward. WHU and Atletico Madrid interested
49 Arthur Melo Football London; TBR.  Swap deal for Thomas Partey.  Mirror: swap deal for Martinelli is on Juventus Midfield.  Hard Tackle: being offered in part exchange for Martinelli
50 Nahuel Molina  Il Messaggero Veneto Arseblog, Just Arsenal Udinese Right back
51 Alvaro Morata Sport Witness, Guardian (a deadline day signing forecast) Juventus Striker – transfer looking very likely
52 Cristhian Mosquera Express Valencia 17 year old centre back
53 Nordi Mukiele Football.London RB Leipzig Defender, Totts also interested
54 Neto TBR, Sport, HITC Barcelona Part of swap for Gabriel
55 Ruben Neves Express. WW wanted £100m.  Barcelona interested (Mirror) Still on (London World). Contact made (Mirror) Wolverhampton Man U interested, but warning about his injury situation.
56 Christopher Nkunku Guardian.  £100m, Mirror (35 goals in 50 games), Independent RB Leipzig PSG and Man U also interested
57 Darwin Nunez Mirror, Standard, Express 442, TBR, F365, Football London, Caught Offside, Sky Sports, Mirror: “AFC have let him slip through their grasp – he’s going to Man U Benfica. £67m Forward. Transfer in progress. At Madrid no longer interested. AFC in the lead (Express). Main target (FoLo), AFC need him (Mirror). AFC now in the lead
58 Luca Ocampos SportsMole Seville; winger Swap with Pepe
59 Michael Olise HITC Crystal Palace £24m
60 Mathias Olivera Mirror Getafe Left back
62 Victor Osimhen AllNigeria, Express, Football London, Mirror: worries about cost of player. Napoli Forward; swap deal with Saliba
63 Lucas Paqueta Hard Tackle, Sport Review Lyon PSG, At Madrid also want him.  AFC now competing with Newcastle. Playmaker
64 Pepe (the Porto player!) ABola, HITC Porto Winger
65 Yeremy Pino HITC Villarreal Release clause worth €80m.  Forward
66 Paul Pogba Football.London Man U Contract talks broken down.  AFC to blow other clubs out of the water
Update Raphinha 4th official.   Football London – its a priority. We’re going to get him – Athletic.  The next one in, talks advanced – FoLo.  AFC favourites – Leeds Live. £65m release clause (Guardian).  Man U set to wreck plans (FoLo).  AFC stepping up pace (Star) Leeds Winger.  Ray Parlour calls him a top star..  Sports Mole – AFC clear favourites. Collymore tells Liverpool to sign him
68 Marcus Rashford 90 Min, HITC, TalkSport, Daily Cannon, Express, Sport Review, TBR, Teamtalk Man U Forward; Keene warns AFC against buying him. Totts could hi-jack deal.  “Suprise swoop” (Sp Rev) AFC want him.
Update  Richarlison Football Insider, Caught Offside.  Forward.  Mirror: being sounded out. No he wants Tottenham – HITC.  Tot favourite (Just Arsenal News) Everton Man U interested.  He snubbed AFC for Chelsea (Football Talk)
70 Sergi Roberto Football London Barcelona Right back. At Madrid no longer interested
72 Cristiano Ronaldo Express, Mirror, Fo.Lo Man U Piers Morgan says AFC should sign him
NEW Fabrizio Romano Sport Review Man City striker Arsenal agree £45m deal
73 Fabian Ruiz TBR Napoli Midfield; swap for Gabriel
74 Allan Saint-Maximin Football London Newcastle Winger. Leno going in part exchange
75 Renato Sanches Sun, Mirror, Sports Mole, HITC Lille Midfield.  Juventus want him but can’t afford him
76 Gianluca Scamacca HITC “Arsenal will not take ‘no’ for an answer”. Express: great ariel threat Sassuolo No 9. Coaching staff have reservations (HITC)
77 Luis Sinisterra Mirror: players wants to move, AFC favourites to get him Feyenoord Forward, scoring 12 goals in 30 games.
78 Djed Spence Hard Tackle, Fo.Lo.  Just Arsenal say Forest are getting him Middlesbrough on loan at Forest Right back.  £15m but Tottenham now looking favourites
Update Raheem Stirling HITC.  Contract ends next year. Arteta worked with him at Man C.  Caught offside: wage demands will scupper deal. Going to Chelsea – HITC Man City Available for £80m.  Going to Chelsea (HITC)
80 Aurelien Tchouameni WeallfollowUnited, Sun AS Monaco Midfield, £60m+
82 Matt Turner Telegraph.  Daily Canon “any day now” New England Revolution Goalkeeper – deal done
Up8date Youri Tielemans Terms agreed: Just Arsenal.  Star, Mirror.  “Top target” Fo.Lo, The Athletic, Just Arsenal  TBR – been playing badly recently. Sun: the deal is on. He wants to come (Mirror), but offer of £51m rejected.  But Edu persuing him (also Mirror).  AFC pulled out (Give me Sport) Leicester Man U also interested, Midfield, Contract ends next summer. Telegraph – very possible.  Guardian says could be
83 Corentin Tolisso Bavarianfootballworks.com.  Man U also interested Bayern Munich Midfield.  Free transfer.
84 Raul de Tomas Star, HITC Espanyol “Being watched”  Wright things he’s unbelievable.
85 Ivan Toney Sun – about to happen Brentford Striker
86 Auston Trusty Telegraph – will sign and go out on loan Colorado Rapids
87 Lesley Ugochukwu HITC Rennes 2nd Patrick Vieira.  AFC convinced of signing
88 Jesus Vazquez Express Valencia Left back
89  Dusan Vlahovic F365 Juventus Serbian Striker
90 Wilfried Zaha TBR Crystal Palace He’s been in each of the last 3 summer transfer rumours
91 Cristian Zavala Colo Colo Player says “my dream transfer” Midfielder, hasn’t actually played for Colo Colo yet!
92 Edon Zhegrova 442, Sunday Mirror, Sky Teamtalk, Shoot Lille 23 year old forward available for a bargain price
93 Oleksandr Zinchenko Telegraph, Standard.  AFC really want him Man City

10 Replies to “93 players rumoured to be going to Arsenal. Are the journos getting lazy?”

  1. Andrew Banks this is the 24th time you have written to Untold Arsenal to tell us that there is something wrong with one of our articles.
    This is, by any standard, rather strange behaviour. I mean, I know that there are various TV programmes that I find boring, so I don’t watch them. There are magazines which contain articles that I find irrelevant or of no interest, so I don’t read them.
    But you go on and on and on reading Untold, and then over and over and over again you write in to say how stupid or just plain wrong you find the piece. Surely a simple short cut is to stop reading.
    (Unless of course you are not reading but simply noting that an article is published, and then firing off a comment – but that would be even weirder).
    You are, it seems, diagnosing my behaviour as “nuts”. Unlike you I don’t hold the view that one can diagnose a person’s mental state from one action observed at a distance, but reading articles that you know you will dislike, and then writing in to cast aspertions on the mental health of the writer is, to say the least, slightly odd.

  2. I believe Arsenal, its management and owners are walking the talk. This season is going to be very special with a compression of games over several periods that will require a squad that stays healthy and thus numerous players – it looks more like basketball then football…..

    One element I think they have visibly assimilated is the fact that 5 substitutions per game will be allowed, which offers quite a lot more potential in squad rotation and player minutes. Only a larger squad an manage that, and this will also give lots of opportunities to integrate academy players which takes time : remember Eddie’s first brace was done coming in as a substitute at the end of a game with Mr Wenger still at the helm…. yep that long ago !

  3. It is very sad that the ‘Eddie Nketiah “wouldn’t start for Fulham”‘ comment came from the ex Arsenal player, (some call him a legend) Paul Merson. You would expect an ex player to be supportive rather than critical but Merson regularly comes out with this type of insulting comment, maybe he is trying to attract attention to himself by saying something controversial.

  4. My brother sometimes sends me your articles telling what good read they are, I do so to understand what he thinks is so in depth, got to be honest and say I find few thought provoking. We all know how stupid the press can be, this article hardly tells anything new.

    If you want to be cutting, write something different and incisive – too often you do what I use to when writing a blog, write for writes sake.

  5. Anthony I think you forget that one person’s different and incisive is not another’s. And perhaps you forget also that one can tell within the first paragraph what a piece is going to be about, so if you do stumble into an article that is not your cup of tea, you’ve only lost five seconds.

  6. Anthony

    If you read the articles at all you might notice this one is posted by a writer named Sir Hardly Anyone! A tip to the tongue-in-cheek nature of the poster rather than the tongue-in-a*** nature of the commenter.

  7. It looks as though Gabriel Jesus is a certainty now according to Fabrizio Romano, one of the few journalists who can be trusted. A fee of £45 million has been agreed with City and a 5 year deal agreed with Jesus himself.

  8. The article is certainly comic but does demostrate who much money is to made by non-news. Has anyone reserched the finances of the non news sites and how does the Arsenal 93 compare with other clubs? I scan the sites (and those add to their hits) looking for potential real news and there can be some. But so much is ‘a close source has revealed” which can be agents trying it on or I suspect at time a simple fabrication. And then there are the comments from explayers and celebs! Who cares what Piers thinks! Of course the totally bonkers finances around football have created this, excessive wages and eye watering ransfer fees take the game away from the simple joy of 25 men or women on a pitch with 20 of them trying to kick the ball between two posts. I dream of the day that Authorities bring finances under control and the day that a footballer sues a site a fake story.

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