Which 4 Arsenal transfers are being mentioned the most by the media?



By Sir Hardly Anyone

One of the really interesting things that emerges from the current round of stories about football transfers is the number of times publications are re-running the same story, quite often without any reference to their previous coverage of the piece and without any new data to publish.

Such an approach makes it sound as if this is a new story, when in fact they have run it before and all that is happening is this time they are quoting a different source.

But we wondered whether this tendency to re-run a story was just done because the publications couldn’t be bothered to go and find another tale to run, or whether because the story was really hot and the player was about to come to Arsenal.

For example HITC is currently running the story of  Mykhaylo Mudryk to Arsenal citing CBS as the source.  Last time round they cited Sport Arena.  Different source but just the same story re-written.

The result is it looks as if there are vast numbers of players either that Arsenal are chasing or who are clambering to come to Arsenal.  Then when the players don’t make it to Arsenal (often it seems because the whole tale was a fantasy and either the current club didn’t want to sell or Arsenal did not want to buy) the tale is then represented as Arsenal being too slow, not making a good enough offer, or the player simply turning Arsenal done (suggesting there is something wrong with Arsenal).

So we’ve started looking for new ways of viewing the stats.  Such as the players most mentioned by the media as coming to Arsenal.  The answer is  

  1. Mudryk (18 mentions)
  2. Danilo (13 mentions)
  3. Marcus Thuram (7 mentions)
  4. Youri Tielemans (7 mentions)

And we wondered about which publications had found the most transfers.  This is harder because some publications get totally fixed on a certain transfer and mention it over and over again.  But this list covers articles about incoming Arsenal players (allegedly)

  1. Football London (FoLo): 18 articles (5 repeats)
  2. TBR: 13 mentions (5 repeats)
  3. Caught offside: 12 mentions  (4 repeats)
  4. HITC: 11 mentions (5 repeats)

It’s all a bit bonkers, but it will be interesting to see by the end of January which if any of these oft mentioned players actually turn up at Arsenal, and how much is simply media fantasy.


Player Position Current club Source Hits
1 Tammy Abraham Forward Roma TBR Caught Offside  HITC 3
2 Marco Asensio Winger Real Madrid Daily Canon 1
3 Rodrigo Becao Defender Udinese Arsenal Station, Caught Offside TBR (update) And again TBR  4
4 Jude Bellingham Midfield Borussia Dortmund Metro, FoLoFoLo again 3
5 Moises Caicedo Midfield Brighton FoLo 1
6 Fares Chaibi Winger Toulouse TBR,  Hard Tackle 2
7 Samuel Chukwueze Winger Villarreal Liverpool Echo, Caught Offside KopTimes 3
Update Danilo Midfield Aston Villa Caught offside,  Give me spor,t Sport Bible, HammerNews, Caught offside (again) Express, HITC Arsenal Station  Caught Offside (a 3rd time) Sport Bible (again) HITC (again) HITC  13
9 Memphis Depay Forward Barcelona Sport Bible, TeamTalk  Team Talk (again) 3
NEW Moussa Diaby Winger  Bayer Leverkusen FoLo 1
11 Denzel Dumfries. Right back Inter Milan Chelsea News FoLo 2
12 Endrick Felipe Striker Palmeiras TBR and again here.  HITC 3
13 Cody Gakpo Striker PSV TBR, ExpressTBR, again FoLo 5
14 Alejandro Garnacho. Winger Man U TBR, Sport Bible  TBR (again) 3
15 Ilkay Gundogan Winger Man C FoLo 1
16 Piero Hincapie Centre Back Bayer Leverkusen Fo Lo 1
17 N’Golo Kante Midfield Chelsea Football Fancast 2
18 Joakim Maehle Full back Atalanta FoLo 1
19 Milinkovic-Savic Midfield Lazio HITC, Caught Offside  The Laziali 3
20 Cesar Montes Full back CF Monterrey Fo Lo 1
Update Mykhaylo Mudryk Winger Shakhtar Donetsk TBR; FoLo , Newcastle World Mailonline.  Shields Gazette Caught offside Mirror HITC London World FoLo (again) Team Talk, HITC (again) This is Futbol Mirror Caught Offside (again) Metro, London World Football 365 HITC 18
NEW Yunus Musah Midfield Valencia Woolwich 1886 1
23 Noah Okafor, Forward RB Salzburg FoLo; Sport Witness, Hammers News, HITC Mirror 4
NEW Leandro Paredes Midfield PSG on loan to Juventue Caught Offside 1
25 Pepe* Winger Porto HITC 1
26 Adrien Rabiot Midfield Juventus FoLo 1
27 Robert Renan Defender Corinthians Arsenal Station 1
28 Cristiano Ronaldo Forward Man U Express 1
29 Milan Skriniar Centre back Inter Football Talk, FoLo, HITC 3
30 Marcus Thuram Goalscoring forward Borussia Monchengladbach Caught offisde  TBR Sportwitness  SportBible. TBR (again) , Give me Sport 7
Update Youri Tielemans Midfield Leicester FoLo, PG Sport Gooner Talk FoLo (again!)  FoLo (they’re obsessed!) Caught Offside  FoLo (!!!) 7
32 Facundo Torres Wing Orlando City Express 1
33 Leandro Trossard Winger Brighton Sussex Express 1
34 Zaniolo Midfield Roma Football365,  FoLo 2


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