Data gathered by Tony Attwood
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The myth perpetrated by the media is that Arsenal have no contingency plan for injuries and thus when an event comes along such as Gabriel Jesus’ current situation, they are left running around like headless chickens searching for a replacement.
The reality is however that it is the journalists who are headlessly looking for a fantasy tale, which is why at least 97% of their transfer rumours each window turn out to be incorrect. So on the basis that at most three per cent of these tales are true, Arsenal will be buying one or at most two players.
Here are the numbers
The number of players it is suggested are coming to Arsenal: 48 so far and the window doesn’t creak open for another 19 days.
The number of new players since last time we published: 4 which means they are running out of inventive ideas.
The players with the most notices about their impending move…
- Youri Tielemans: 9
- Danilo: 10
- Cody Gakpo: 12
- Memphis Depay: 15
- Mykhaylo Mudryk: 21
The players getting the most repeat articles in the same publication.
- Memphis Depay with six articles in which the publication repeats its earlier assertion that he is coming to Arsenal
- Mykhaylo Mudryk also with six articles in which a publication repeats its earlier assertion that he is coming to Arsenal.
And finally the 48 players tipped to be signing for Arsenal this January.
In this table “No” is the number of separate reports of the player coming to Arsenal that we have seen. “Rpt” is the number of occasions we have spotted an outlet running the same story about the same player twice.
And here is the table.
|1||Tammy Abraham||Forward||Roma||TBR Caught Offside HITC Hammers News||4|
|2||Marco Asensio||Winger||Real Madrid||Daily Canon TBR Caught Offside||3|
|3||Ibrahima Bamba||Midfield||Vitoria Guimaraes||TBR Just Arsenal||2|
|4||Rodrigo Becao||Defender||Udinese||Arsenal Station, Caught Offside TBR (1) And TBR (2)||4||1|
|5||Jude Bellingham||Midfield||Borussia Dortmund||Metro, FoLo, FoLo (2), Team Talk Express FoLo (3) HITC||7||2|
|6||Ismael Bennacer||Midfield||AC Milan (ex AFC)||Just Arsenal||1|
|7||Moises Caicedo||Midfield||Brighton||FoLo FoLo (2)||2||1|
|8||Fares Chaibi||Winger||Toulouse||TBR, Hard Tackle||2|
|9||Samuel Chukwueze||Winger||Villarreal||Liverpool Echo, Caught Offside KopTimes||3|
|NEW||Matheus Cunha||Forward||Atletico Madrid||HITC FootballLondon||2|
|11||Danilo||Midfield||Aston Villa (he’s Brazillian, hence media excitement)||Caught offside, Give me sport Sport Bible, HammerNews, COffside (2) Express, HITC Arsenal Station Caught Offside (3) HITC (2)||10||3|
|12||Jonathan David||Striker||Lille||Football London|
|Update||Memphis Depay||Forward||Barcelona||Sport Bible, TeamTalk Team Talk (2) TBR – just £1.7m Express Boot Room Goonertalk TeamTalk (3) Football Talk TBR 2 TeamTalk (4) TBR (3) FoLo HITC Hammers News Mirror HITC (2)||15||6|
|Update||Denzel Dumfries.||Right back||Inter Milan||Chelsea News FoLo HITC HITC (again)||4||1|
|15||Endrick Felipe||Striker||Palmeiras||TBR and here (2). HITC||3||1|
|Update||Joao Felix||Striker||Atletico Madrid||Football London Football London (2) FoLo (3) Into the Caldron Givemesport The Boot Room Sport Bible||7||2|
|Update||Cody Gakpo||Striker||PSV||TBR, Express, TBR (2) HITC HITC (2) TBR (3) HITC (3) TBR (4) FoLo TeamTalk FoLo (2)||12||4|
|18||Alejandro Garnacho.||Winger||Man U||TBR, Sport Bible TBR (2)||3||1|
|19||Ilkay Gundogan||Winger||Man C||FoLo||1|
|20||Josko Gvardiol||Fo Lo FoLo (2)||2||1|
|21||Piero Hincapie||Centre Back||Bayer Leverkusen||Fo Lo||1|
|Update||N’Golo Kante||Midfield||Chelsea||Football Fancast Just Football HITC (going to Barca)||3|
|24||Joakim Maehle||Full back||Atalanta||FoLo||1|
|Update||Evan Ndicka||Centre back||Eintracht Frankfurt||FoLo He’s signed – 442 Mirror||3|
|26||Milinkovic-Savic||Midfield||Lazio||HITC, Caught Offside The Laziali||3|
|27||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 (2) Team Talk HITC (2) Caught Offside (2) TBR (3) Arsenal Station Football Fancast Hard Tackle HITC (3) Caught Offside (3) Hammers News Metro||21||6|
|Update||Evan Ndicka||Defender||Eintracht Frankfurt||SheWore London World||2|
|30||Noah Okafor||Forward||RB Salzburg||FoLo; Sport Witness, Hammers News, HITC Mirror FoLo (2)||6||1|
|Update||Christian Pulisic||Attacking midfield||Chelsea||Teamtalk Express FoLo HITC Goal||5|
|Update||Adrien Rabiot||Midfield||Juventus||FoLo Football Fancast TBR HITC||4|
|NEW||Goncalo Ramos.||Centre forward / No 10||Benfica||TBR HITC FoLo||3|
|35||Robert Renan||Defender||Corinthians||Arsenal Station||1|
|36||Cristiano Ronaldo||Forward||Man U||Express||1|
|37||Theo Sander||Goal keeper||AaB (Denmark)||Caught Offside||1|
|38||Leroy Sané||Winger||Bayern||Football Fancast Football London||2|
|39||Milan Skriniar||Centre back||Inter||Football Talk, FoLo, HITC||3|
|40||Carolos Solar||Midfield||PSG||Daily Canon||1|
|41||Djibril Sow||Midfield||Eintracht Frankfurt||Arsenal Station||1|
|NEW||Mehdi Taremi||Forward||Porto||Tasnim News GoonerTalk FoLo||3|
|43||Marcus Thuram||Goalscoring forward||Borussia Monchengladbach||Caughtoffside,,TBR Sportwitness SportBible. TBR (2), Give me Sport Newcastle World FoLo||8||1|
|Update||Youri Tielemans||Midfield||Leicester||FoLo, PG Sport Gooner Talk FoLo (2) FoLo (3) He’s joined (Hammers News) He’s joined (Caught offside) Team Talk Caught Offside (he hasn’t joined)||9||3|
|Update||Facundo Torres||Wing||Orlando City||Express, Caught Offside Mirror||3|
|46||Leandro Trossard||Winger||Brighton||Sussex Express||1|
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