The 48 players reported as coming to Arsenal and the player noted 40 times in the media



by Sir Hardly Anyone

We’ve been keeping tabs on the various players (48 of them in fact) who have been tipped as being on the move to Arsenal in January.

In total we have found 240 separate stories published in blogs and in newspapers about such players, and of course, this being the media, there’s been a fair bit of cheating going on since 48 of the stories are in fact repeats of tales that the same site has already run.

Three particular tales stand out as being singularly popular with the media… these being the alleged transfers of Mykhaylo Mudryk (reported on 40 different occasions). Memphis Depay (15 separate reports), and Youri Tielemans (14 reports).

What we have also found this December is that individual websites are taking to repeating the story about specific players, each report being justified by either a minor development in the story or by a comment made by another journalist!  The most repeated tale is that of Mudruk, with the website TBR winning the repeats award thus far with six different articles on the transfer. 

At the other end of the scale we have a group of 11 players whose transfer to Arsenal has only been mentioned by one website….

  • Jonathan David (TBR)
  • Ilkay Gundogan (Football London)
  • Piero Hincapie (Football London)
  • Mohammed Kudus (TBR)
  • Cesar Montes (Football London)
  • Robert Renan (Arsenal station)
  • Theo Sander (AAB)
  • Danilo dos Santos (Caught offside)
  • Carolos Solar (Daily Canon)
  • Djibril Sow (Arsenal Station)
  • Leandro Trossard (Sussex Express)

Once the window “slams shut” as they always say in the media we will then undertake a final summary of which websites got it right and which ones spun us all a load of old baloney. 

Here’s the full list of men said to be on the move to Arsenal.  The Number column (“No”) indicates the number of separate reports we have found, and the “Rpt” column shows the number of times a publisher has repeated its own story.


Player Position Current club Source No Rpt
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 Football Talk TBR (2) 4 1
4 Rodrigo Becao Defender Udinese Arsenal Station, Caught Offside TBR (1) And TBR (2) 4 1
5 Jude Bellingham Midfield Borussia Dortmund Metro, FoLoFoLo (2), Team Talk Express FoLo (3) HITC 7 2
Update Ismael Bennacer Midfield AC Milan (ex AFC) Just Arsenal Mirror HITC Football 365 4
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
Update  Matheus Cunha Forward Atletico Madrid HITC FootballLondon Football Fancast  TBR Arsenal Station 5
Update 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)  Mirror – he’s not signing Football Fancast 90 Min 13 3
12 Jonathan David Striker Lille Football London 1
13 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
14 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 Mirror Goonertalk TBR (2) Sport Witness  10 2
17 Ivan Fresneda Right back Real Valladolid Hard Tackle Top Flight FootballFancast 3
18 Cody Gakpo Striker PSV TBR, ExpressTBR (2) HITC  HITC (2) TBR (3) HITC (3) TBR (4) FoLo  TeamTalk FoLo (2) 12 4
19 Alejandro Garnacho. Winger Man U TBR, Sport Bible  TBR (2) 3 1
20 Ilkay Gundogan Winger Man C FoLo 1
21 Josko Gvardiol Fo Lo  FoLo (2) 2 1
22 Piero Hincapie Centre Back Bayer Leverkusen Fo Lo 1
23 N’Golo Kante Midfield Chelsea Football Fancast  Just Football  HITC (going to Barca) 3
24 Mohammed Kudus Attack Ajaz TBR 1
25 Joakim Maehle Full back Atalanta FoLo 1
Update Milinkovic-Savic Midfield Lazio HITC, Caught Offside  The Laziali Goonertalk SportWitness Sport Witness (2) Football Fancast 7 1
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 Mirror (2) TBR (4) Daily Canon Hard Tacikle Daily Canon HITC (4) TBR (5) TBR (6) SportWitness  Mail Football Talk TBR (7) Arsenal Station (2) Football Talk Caught Offside (4) Woolwich 1886 Bootroom Standard HITC (5)  40 15
Update Evan Ndicka Defender Eintracht Frankfurt SheWore  London World FoLo  He’s signed – 442 Mirror 5
30 Noah Okafor Forward RB Salzburg FoLo; Sport Witness, Hammers News, HITC Mirror FoLo (2) 6 1
31 Pepe* Winger Porto HITC   FoLO 2
32 Christian Pulisic Attacking midfield Chelsea Teamtalk Express FoLo HITC Goal 5
33 Adrien Rabiot Midfield Juventus FoLo Football Fancast TBR HITC F365 TBR (2) 6 1
34 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,  Football 365 2
37 Theo Sander Goal keeper AaB (Denmark) Caught Offside  1
NEW Danilo dos Santos Midfield Palmeiras Caught Offside 1
39 Leroy Sané Winger Bayern Football Fancast Football London 2
40 Milan Skriniar Centre back Inter Football Talk, FoLo, HITC 3
41 Carolos Solar Midfield PSG Daily Canon 1
42 Djibril Sow Midfield Eintracht Frankfurt Arsenal Station 1
43 Mehdi Taremi Forward Porto Tasnim News GoonerTalk FoLo 3
Update Marcus Thuram Goalscoring forward Borussia Monchengladbach Caughtoffside,,TBR Sportwitness   SportBible. TBR (2), Give me Sport  Newcastle World FoLo Sport Bible (2) Football Talk 10 2
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) Football Fan Cast Football 365.  Hammers News (deal done)  HITC TeamTalk 14 3
45 Facundo Torres Wing Orlando City Express, Caught Offside  Mirror 3
46 Leandro Trossard Winger Brighton Sussex Express 1
Update Dusan Vlahovic Striker Juventus; 442 Football Fancast, TBR Football Fancast (2) HITC Man U News 7 `
Update Zaniolo Midfield Roma Football365,  FoLo Caughtoffside FoLo (2) Mirror 5 1

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