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Arsenal sign Saliba, Alexis and Gabriel all at once

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Three players at once?  Yes if you believe the media.   But then, on the other hand, if you believe the media then you believe, well, just about anything.  Including the fact that we are currently trying to sign 54 players.

But I thought it might be fun to put these three on record since everyone down at the Toppled Bollard is doing their collective heads in over these three.

Let’s take Saliba.  Here’s what the media johnnies are saying

  • Saliba to Arsenal (NBC Sports)
  • William Saliba scout report: The lowdown on Arsenal’s likely first summer signing (Mirror)
  • William Saliba tells Arsenal he wants to join them this summer (Express)
  • Arsenal target William Saliba has told Gunners one thing (Daily Star)  (he wants to join them
  • Arsenal’s £25m William Saliba transfer hits snag as St Etienne want … (The Sun)
  • Arsenal ‘reach agreement’ with William Saliba to sign Saint-Etienne … (The Sun)
  • Arsenal ‘reach agreement’ with William Saliba (Metro)
  • Arsenal yet to reach agreement in William Saliba transfer talks … (Standard)
  • Arsenal Agree Personal Terms With William Saliba (90 min)

A bit of a tangle in the Sun’s reporting there but by and large we seem to have him.  So who is, I hear you cry, although not literally of course.

He’s 18, he’s French, he’s 6 feet 4 inches tall, and he is a centre back.    He has played 16 games in the French League for St Etienne plus eight times in the past year for the France under 18 and under 19 teams, and was originally coached by the father of Kylian Mbappe.

And he’s going to cost us £25m according to our chum R. E. Ports who knows a thing or three.  That is over half the total transfer budget gone on an 18 year old with half a season’s experience – or so we are told by these media fellas who know everything.

Moving on to Alexis, (no not that one – he’s still earning half a million pounds a minute not playing for Manchester Untidy),  Fresh Arsenal tell us that Arsenal have agreed personal terms, although the Metro has us only at the level of preparing a bid.

Now of course the name is a bit of a confusion here since we have been having problems with Alexes for a while but this one is Alexis Claude-Maurice of Lorient, the friend of Guendouzi of whom things have been said before.

Get French Football allegedly say that personal terms have been agreed but Lorient keep upping the price, while Sky Sports say that a bid has been rejected and Arsenal could be outbid by Newcastle, West Ham and Brighton, as apparently we so often are, so disjointed and hopeless is everyone involved in the club.

And finally we have in our list of players we are at this very minute signing, Martinelli – a player that Football London has been going beserk about, running story after story.  Here are three headlines all from 17 June…

  • Gabriel Martinelli: A look at the Brazilian who is set to be Arsenal’s first summer signing

  • Gabriel Martinelli to Arsenal: The inside story of how Edu and Francis Cagigao got their man

  • Gabriel Martinelli strengths and weaknesses and where he fits in in at Arsenal

Even the Star then chimed in with “Arsenal set to complete first summer signing after £6m agreement” covering the same story.

 Others have got in on the act as well.

According to the website 90min “Arsenal Close to Securing £6m Deal for Brazilian Striker Gabriel …”

So there we are.  The window is over before it has even begun, at least for Arsenal.  Two or maybe three signings, done and dusted.  And in case you don’t know about Gabriel Martinelli, according to Wiki he plays for Ituano, but has never actually played for their first team.

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