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Transfer table update: the 23 players Arsenal are tipped to be buying

By Sir Hardly Anyone

I am not sure there has ever been a transfer window like this with such a paucity of transfer news as we have in this one.  Normally by now we’d expect to have 40 to 50 men coming to Arsenal, but this January, its very poor.   Very, very poor.  Just 23, and one of those doesn’t have a name!

So poor is it that newspapers and blogs have started to run stories about old transfer rumours they created that have simply never happened.   As with

The real story of how close Liverpool & Arsenal came to signing Lemar.

That one has just come up in The Independent.   And just ponder this for a moment.   We know from the statistics that the clubs that spend the most on transfers do worse subsequently than those who don’t.   The more you spend, by and large, the worse it gets.

We know that changing managers doesn’t work most of the time in terms of improving the team’s form.

But telling us about transfers that are not on????

Mind you we do have one crazy story, and this comes from   “The richest man in Africa has expressed a desire to take over at Emirates Stadium, but remains focused on building his company for the time being.

“Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote has hinted he could buy Arsenal in 2021, if a number of multi-billion dollar projects for his company are completed on time.”

Does anyone think that this is going to help?   The whole history of the transfer of ownership of Arsenal since Sir Henry Norris was forced out by the Hill-Wood clan has been an utter disaster.   Sir Henry was busy creating a club owned by its fans, as he constantly sold off parts of the club to supporters after rescuing Woolwich Arsenal from liquidation in 1910.   Then the Hill-Woods, whose own club had ignominiously declined, abandoned it totally and left it to rot, moved into Arsenal, forced out Henry Norris, and eventually sold it to the Kroenke family, pocketing a massive profit along the way.

Now it seems there might be another buyer – and will it make any difference?  The chances of it seem slim.

So back to the players.  Who will we buy?

We’ve got 23 listings, although since the first one is weird maybe that ought to be 22.

Player Currently At Position Source / Notes
NEW ??? ??? Centre back HITC devote whole article to saying we are getting someone but we don’t know who.
2 Nathan Ake Bournemouth Centre back FoLo.  Chelsea want him
3 Max Aarons Norwich Full back £30m; Mail
UPDATE Jerome Boateng Bayern Munich Centre back Gunnersphere, Football Fancast. Sempremilan says no deal
NEW Hakan Calhanoglu Milan Attacking midfield Football fan cast say the “fans” have already turned against him.
6 Merih Demiral Juventus Defendender 50m. Fotomc / Sport Witness
7 Firmino Liverpool Attacking midfield TalkSport. Speculation
8 Omari Forson Man U Attacking midield He’s 15; HITC
UPDATE Bruno Guimarães Athletico Paranaense Midfield Benfica and Borussia Dortmund both want him – The Star
NEW Christian Kabasele Watford Defender NBC Reports
NEW Thilo Kehrer PSG Part swap for Lacazette; Bleacher
UPDATE Thomas Lemar Atletico Madrid Left Wing Read Arsenal. Team Talk says as part of Lacazette deal
13 Thomas Meunier PSG Right back World Soccer Talk
14 Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid Defensive midfield Express
NEW Leandro Paredes PSG Central midfield Part Swap for Lacazette; Bleacher
16 Adrien Rabiot Juventus Midfield Star.  £25m
17 Boubakary Soumare. Lille Midfield Read Arsenal
NEW John Stones Man C Central defence Sun, HITC
19 Dominik Szoboszlai Red Bull Salzburg No 10 FoLo
20 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Centre back Sport Witness
21 Cengiz Under Roma Winger The Boot Room.  £34m
22 Dayot Upamecano Leipzig Central defence Express.  France u-21
23 Kevin Volland Bayer Leverkusen. Forward World Soccer Talk

Previous rounds of transfers suggest the number that will actually come to Arsenal from that list is either zero or one.  Don’t hold your breath.

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