56 players, 290 reports: all the men joining Arsenal this month (allegedly)

By Sir Hardly Anyone.

As we progress through the transfer window the stories begin to change, not least because inventive not to say utterly fictional stories about new players that Arsenal are trying to sign become harder to find.  It’s not that there just aren’t enough players that over-fertile imaginations can make stories up about, but rather that most writers of this tittle-tattle simply copy each other.

One new development comes with the suggestion that although Arsenal might have reached an agreement with a player their lazy and lackadaisical approach allows other clubs to nip in at the last and steal the player, as with the Boot Room’s Report: PL rival now hopeful they will sign ‘incredible’ player who has agreed contract with Arsenal.

  • Number of players Arsenal said to be signing: 56
  • Most mentioned player: Mykhaylo Mudryk
  • Most repeated player by publications: Mykhaylo Mudryk
  • Number of players mentioned for the first time in this summary: 4
  • Number of updated accounts: 10
  • Window dates: Opened Sunday January 1 2023 and will close 11pm on Tuesday January 31;
  • Total number of reports reviewed: 290


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
6 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
10  Matheus Cunha Forward Atletico Madrid HITC FootballLondon Football Fancast  TBR Arsenal Station 5
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)  Mirror – he’s not signing Football Fancast 90 Min 13 3
Update Jonathan David Striker Lille Football London , Star 2
13 Memphis Depay Forward Barcelona Sport Bible, TeamTalk  Team Talk (2)  TBR – just £1.7m Express Boot Room  Goonertalk TeamTalk (3) Football Talk TBR TeamTalk (4) TBR (3) FoLo HITC Hammers News Mirror HITC (2) 15 9
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 Mirror (2) HITC  Arsenal Station TBR (3) TeamTalk   17  


NEW Jesus Ferreira Striker FC Dallas Star 1
Update Ivan Fresneda Right back Real Valladolid Hard Tackle Top Flight FootballFancast TBR 4
19 Cody Gakpo Striker PSV TBR, ExpressTBR (2) HITC  HITC (2) TBR (3) HITC (3) TBR (4) FoLo  TeamTalk FoLo (2) 12 6
20 Alejandro Garnacho. Winger Man U TBR, Sport Bible  TBR (2) 3 1
NEW Olivier Giroud Forward AC Milan Star 1
22 Ilkay Gundogan Winger Man C FoLo 1
23 Josko Gvardiol Fo Lo  FoLo (2) 2 1
24 Piero Hincapie Centre Back Bayer Leverkusen Fo Lo 1
25 N’Golo Kante Midfield Chelsea Football Fancast  Just Football  HITC (going to Barca) 3
Update Mohammed Kudus Attack Ajaz TBR NUFC Blog 2
NEW Hirving Lozano Wide midfield Napoli Sport Witness Just Arsenal Football Fancast Hard Tackle 4
28 Alexis MacAllister Midfield Brighton Football Fancast  1
29 Joakim Maehle Full back Atalanta FoLo 1
30 Milinkovic-Savic Midfield Lazio HITC, Caught Offside  The Laziali Goonertalk SportWitness Sport Witness (2) Football Fancast  SportWitness (3) Team Talk FoLo  10 2
31 Cesar Montes Full back CF Monterrey Fo Lo 1
32 Youssoufa Moukoko Forward Borussia Dortmund Just Arsenal 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 (3Caught Offside (3) Hammers News Metro Mirror (2) TBR (4) Daily Canon Hard Tackle (2) 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) Telegraph HITC (6) Sport Bible Sky Sport Express Laziali Hard Tackle (3) LondonWorld TBR (8) Express (2) Standard HITC  (7) Give me Sport HITC (8) Give Me Sport (2)  53 19
Update Evan Ndicka Defender Eintracht Frankfurt SheWore  London World FoLo  He’s signed – 442 Mirror FoLo (2) 6 1
35 Ruben Neves Midfield Wolverhampton Just Arsenal 1
36 Noah Okafor Forward RB Salzburg FoLo; Sport Witness, Hammers News, HITC Mirror FoLo (2) 6 1
37 Pepe* Winger Porto HITC   FoLO 2
38 Christian Pulisic Attacking midfield Chelsea Teamtalk Express FoLo HITC Goal 5
39 Adrien Rabiot Midfield Juventus FoLo Football Fancast TBR HITC F365 TBR (2) Mail Mirror 7 1
Update Goncalo Ramos. Centre forward / No 10 Benfica TBR HITC FoLo Star 4
41 Robert Renan Defender Corinthians Arsenal Station 1
NEW Declan Rice. Defensive midfield West Ham London World, Mail Team Talk  AStamfordBridgetoofar 4
43 Cristiano Ronaldo Forward Man U Express,  Football 365 2
44 Theo Sander Goal keeper AaB (Denmark) Caught Offside  1
45 Danilo dos Santos Midfield Palmeiras Caught Offside 1
46 Leroy Sané Winger Bayern Football Fancast Football London 2
47 Milan Skriniar Centre back Inter Football Talk, FoLo, HITC 3
48 Carolos Solar Midfield PSG Daily Canon 1
49 Djibril Sow Midfield Eintracht Frankfurt Arsenal Station 1
50 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 Hard Tackle Star 12 2
53 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
Update Facundo Torres Wing Orlando City Express, Caught Offside  Mirror Express  Barca Universal 5
54 Leandro Trossard Winger Brighton Sussex Express 1
Update Dusan Vlahovic Striker Juventus JuveFC.com442 Football Fancast, TBR Football Fancast (2) HITC Man U News F365 8 1`
56 Zaniolo Midfield Roma Football365,  FoLo Caughtoffside FoLo (2) Mirror 5 1

18 Replies to “56 players, 290 reports: all the men joining Arsenal this month (allegedly)”

  1. We are doomed if I believe the deadwood press. City are back at 5 points behind us, Sp*rs and United have recovored their mojo and are closing the gap the way a Ferrari overtakes a bicycle, and we can’t even sign anyone. At least we had a nice ride of a few months, did we not ;=)

  2. the football on live press are clickbaiters. That’s all. We’re better off with Zaha and Toney, or T Abraham

  3. From an Express interview with Eddie Howe today:-

    “I’m all for the people that going to watch football matches getting value for money and getting to see the ball in play. I’m a big advocate of that, and I would back that and support that, because you don’t want to see the ball out of play continually.”

    He’s a big advocate of that, except when his team are playing. Could Eddie Howe be the new Tony Pulis?

  4. “Transfer guru”, “respected transfer expert”, etc.

    All I see is a bunch of lemmings trying to be relevant, whilst making 180 degree u-turns every day (sometimes multiple times per day).

    They really have no idea what is going on, just like football pundits.

    Case in point – we keep being told that an offer Arsenal made for Mudryk over 48 hours ago will be rejected. If this offer was made, and I have seen no evidence to support the assertion that it was made, why hasn’t it been rejected already? The whole thing makes no sense.

    Man. City weren’t very good last night. They only won because Chelsea were worse.

  5. seismic

    I thought exactly the same Chelsea were awful and City, though the better team, never looked that impressive either.

    Chelsea 0 – 1 Arsenal

    Poss: 44% – 56%
    Shots: 5 – 14
    O/T: 1 – 2

    Chelsea 0 – 1 Man City

    Poss: 48% – 52% We had more possession than City.
    Shots: 8 – 12 Chelsea had more shots at City than against us and City had less shots at Chelsea than us
    O/T: 2 – 3 Chelsea had more shots o/t against City than they did against us.

    The only stat that Man City had better than us at Stamford bridge was 3 o/t to our 2 o/t

    My point is, us and City are very evenly matched. Everything about this season so far suggests we are a match for them, and will at the very least give them a run for their money in the title race. Yet they turn one draw at home to the team in equal top form into some kind of catastrophic collapse.

    Frankly it’s pathetic.

  6. As for the transfer.

    What Arsenal should do is put in a bid that is reasonable for the player, taking into account the current financial climate and similar transfers.

    That seems to be exactly what they have done.

    What they shouldn’t do is be held to ransom, and pay over the odds. Or get in to a bidding war, and pay over the odds.

    That sounds like exactly what they’ve done.

    But make no mistake, whatever they do, however it turns out the media will Find some ex goon to slaughter us for:

    a) Being ‘tight’. ‘Having no ambition’. ‘Too Slow’. ‘Incompetent’ if we don’t sign him.

    b) Getting the ‘wrong man’. ‘Not worth the money’. ‘Paying over the odds’ ‘Not the player they need’ if we do sign him.

    As is ever the way.

  7. So not only do the referees and VAR screw us over but now we get charged by the FA.

    And there I was thinking we were finally getting a slightly fairer rub of the green.

    Seems not.

  8. It’s interesting that the barcode timewasters weren’t charged for their players surrounding the referee en masse brandishing imaginary cards on at least three occasions during the match. The FA HQ has probably just had a makeover that puts Boris’ redecorations to shame.

  9. The anti-Arteta media agenda is picking up pace today. Everybody is now bashing him. I’m surprised they didn’t bring their dogs with them.

  10. Compare the decision to give Man Utd the penalty against Everton last night with the decisions not to award penalties to Arsenal on Tuesday.

    A perfect illustration of the different PGMOL treatment for favoured teams rather than the treatment of Arsenal.

  11. At the end of the day we didn’t draw at home to Everton, who are total dross, we drew at home to a very good team on the top of their form, who have been winning games for fun. yes we would of preferred to win but it happens.

    But what’s really riled people is we totally out played them.

    Everybody with half a brain knows that, even if the referee missed them, we had one absolute stonewall penalty turned down as well as one very good shout.

    We were the only team trying to win the match and still looked a very very good team.

    Newcastle were made to look like an overpriced Stoke team that resorted to 11 men behind the ball, trying to kick their opponent off the park, and some of the most blatant time wasting you will ever see.

    As I say, anyone with half a brain could see that.

    The thing is, have I got a problem with most of that? Not really. We cant all be Man City’s or Barcelona’s, or indeed Arsenals.

    What I have a problem with, and what Arteta and the players had a problem with, and what everyone SHOULD have a problem with, is the utter inability of the officials to apply the laws of the game in a fair and impartial way.

    But no, this is Arsenal we are talking about so lets ignore the persistent fouling Newcastle got away with. Lets ignore the time wasting by not only failing to punish players but by not adding anything like the appropriate added time. Lets ignore the 2 massive penalty calls.

    And not only that lets turn this completely on it’s head.

    Lets start insulting our manager for calling out the incompetence for what it was.

    Lets fine the club because the players were a bit miffed at the disgraceful refereeing, and showing it in a way I have seen many times before go unsanctioned.

    But this is exactly how the media and FA react when we’ve been so obviously screwed. We’ve seen it all before.

    Man Utd kick us off the park we get deducted points.

    Eduardo gets his leg broken with one of the worst challenges I have ever seen, somehow we get pelters.

    Ramsey gets his leg broken and we are all supposed to feel sorry for the perpetrator Shawcross.

    As I say, this is their modus operandi, and when they resort to it, they do it for one reason, they know damn well we WERE screwed.

  12. The time-wasting, imaginary card-waving, PIF-washing barcodes have got their come-uppance against League One Sheffield Wednesday. Even with the referee adding on more than two minutes’ unscheduled extra-time. Karma is great.

  13. seismic

    And perennial media favourites Liverpool could only manage a home draw against relegation fodder Wolves. Wolves also denied a late winner by a marginal offside that couldn’t be reviewed by VAR because of a dodgy camera angle.

    Well there’s a surprise.

    VAR The joke that just keeps giving.

  14. The Liverpool/Wolves game was the second game ruined by Madley/VAR/PGMOL in a week. I’m not even sure the Wolves goal was offside due to the lack of a conclusive TV replay. Throughout the match I was seeing Liverpool get the rub of Madley’s refereeing decisions. VAR is a joke, and the offside rule needs fixing so that a player who eventually received the ball via a defender is ruled offside if he was in an offside position when the ball was played to him by a team-mate.

    I’m convinced these rule-changes are brought in to confuse fans and facilitate match-fixing. I can’s imagine any other explanation for it.

    Listening to Pougatch dismissing talk of possible PL and cup fixture congestion after the FIFA-enforced mid-season sports-washing festival was informative. He’s certainly onside with the FIFA agenda. He probably enjoys seeing Arsenal get a good kicking too.

  15. The Mudryk song competition was a disappointment. The answer, of course, is Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ “(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea”.

  16. seismic

    Sorry, I should of got that being of a certain age.

    But to be fair to me, following way too many snowballs over the Christmas festivities I Cant Stand Up For Falling Down and have unfortunately banged my head quite badly. Not a problem, because as my friend Alison said, if you overdo it like that Accidents Wil Happen. Anyway, Just to be safe I was whisked off to A and E so they could Pump It Up and I was right as rain in a jiffy, especially after hearing the Barcodes result on the Radio Radio. No excuse I know as you’d of thought after all these years of Watching The Detectives on TV I would of been able to figure it out.

    I’ll get my coat

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