Here’s your Friday edition of the latest transfer round-up. The sun is shining, the air is warm, and Arsenal still haven’t bought or sold anyone.

Wilfried Zaha

After David Ornstein’s midweek revelation regarding our interest in the Crystal Palace man, there are reports today that the player has asked his club to lower the reported £80m asking price so he can join the club he supports.

We suspect this is like going into an Audi showroom and asking for a free A6 because you really like their cars. Palace don’t have to do anyone any favours, and that kind of price tag puts him out of our league.

Also, as much as we could do with him, he’s not an £80m player, so chances are we’ll turn our sights elsewhere.

Dan-Axel Joey Joe Joe Junior Zagadou

Like Zaha, interest from Arsenal has made his special area tingle, and he’s reportedly told Borussia Dortmund he’d like to leave and join us.

The report comes from Bild, the German publication which most sounds like a Housemartins song.

Have we made a bid? Will we make a bid? Do we even know who he is? Did we spend all our transfer budget on that Adidas promo.

Yes, yes we did. And it was worth it.

Kieran Tierney

Football Scotland say we’ve had another bid for the left-back rejected. This time it was £17.5m with £7.5m in add-ons, based on appearances, achievements, and so on.

The Scottish champions are holding out for something closer to their £25m valuation.

Remember when you could buy a player in Championship Manager by offering £3.50 and £400m in add-ons? Maybe Raul is still on CM 99.

Gabriel Martinelli

It’s Brazilian youngster has been widely expected to join us for some time now, and Internet sleuths have grainy pictures of him in London. There are also apparently Tweets from family members, and his sister probably said something on LinkedIN but let’s be honest about this, we should be working on a cure for LinkedIN and their incessant emailing.

Anyway, he’ll probably be announced next week.

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Chiza
Chiza

Here we go again…it’s going to be a long painful journey for we arsenal fans.. So let me start mine now and hope for the best

🚶🚶🚶🚶🚶🚶🚶🏃🏃🏃🏃

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

What in God’s name must Auba and Laca be thinking when they read that we can’t even buy a mid table winger?

Apart from ‘get me the fuck out of here’ of course.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

The really sad thing is with Solskjær very likely to be sacked by Christmas and Lampard having zero experience, now is the time to spend big and get this team back in the champions league.

This foresight is lost on those brain boxes in the states though…

Der32
Der32

Foresight is not lost on you, dear sir. Good insight!

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Not very bright are they

GMR
GMR

They are probably thinking ‘how the f*** can a mood table winger be worth 80 million’.

GMR
GMR

Mid

Santori
Santori

It works to our benefit. Solsjaer is pushing them, they will spend OVER and soon max out their budget.

Hopefully this leaves us plenty of targets and if there is competition between sellers, the price will cool off closer to end of window. Always.

Jack but
Jack but

Yes , the best part of the pain is the zaha saga, wish all get zahad at the end

Wez
Wez

Haven’t you cottoned on yet? We can’t announce any players until the new kit is out… because you have to do a social media introduction video as a bare minimum….!

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

Many a true word said in jest.
Nothing will happen until July 1st!

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

…did you just cast a spell? I’m expecting big things on July 1st now, Tony Potter!

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

If we’re going for zaha it better be a 442 next season with zaha and nielson, with iwobi back up. Now all we need to do is sell ozil and xhaka, and find a beast in midfield to replace him. Oh ya. Sell mustafi too

Alex
Alex

The “beats” would cost way beyond our budget.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Crikey, we really are screwed if we can’t even afford a pair of headphones…

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Probably can’t, those things are way overpriced

Cacho
Cacho

To lose out on Tierney now would be embarrassing. Need to get that one done. Wonder if we could give them Bielik on loan or something like that to sweeten the deal

Ealing
Ealing

If we get a defence which rotates Holding, Bellerin, Chambers, Bielik, Saliba and Tierney can we be happy?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

sounds alright

o_jay
o_jay

Arsenal’s 3rd bid will probably be £17.5m + £1.00 + £1.00 + £1.00…
We can keep going until Celtic’ negotiating team is worn down.

Santori
Santori

Nah. Blessing in disguise.

Celtic doing us a favour.

We are clutching at straws in the wind with seemingly little coherent strategy.

We don’t have money.

We don’t need to be wasting half our budget in a position that is less priority at the moment.

Devlin
Devlin

Imagine if that Audi has always wanted to be in your driveway.

CLEGooner
CLEGooner

I’ve always loved Arsenal, even when I was a tiny VW…..

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey

It’s an A6 now. But the little A3 inside of it has always dreamt of this…

WalkTheTalk
WalkTheTalk

Saliba and Zagadou if given playing time can and will develop into top players. I think with the current selection available, prioritizing developing these two would be the best option.

Santori
Santori

We already have Bielik and Mavropanos.

We don’t need to be wasting money we don’t have on similar potential.

We don’t have much of a budget to be doing this for the prices quoted.

Drew
Drew

FFS I’d really love us to sign Zaha, I’ve always liked him and that Manure debacle aside, he has been a consistently good Premier League performer. He’s exactly what we need. There must be ways in which we can increase the finances to get him right? I mean aren’t we supposed to be like one of the richest clubs in the world? Plus if Zaha is a goner, couldn’t he have slipped over when clean through on our goal? We could probably have afforded him if he didn’t resign us to Europa bloody football.

Floppy Gloves
Floppy Gloves

In 167 (162 in terms of minutes played) club games since 2014 he has 35 goals and 37 assists. That’s one goal/assist about every 4.5 games. Stats don’t tell the whole story, but they don’t flatter him too much.

Floppy Gloves
Floppy Gloves

*2.5 games which is borderline for 80M. I would expect a better track record for that money. Maybe playing at Palace is that much of a handicap though.

btw
btw

16/17 18 goals or assists in 3025min = 0.54 goals/assists per game
17/18 14 in 2550 = 0.49 per game
18/19 20 in 3043 = 0.59 per game

So he is averaging a goal or assist every ~2 games
Also, about even between goals and assists each season
Not bad at all, but 80M?
I guess when you sell your 21 yr old right back for 50M you think 80M is reasonable for Zaha, which puts the whole thing in perspective.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Yeah but Man U have more money than sense

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill

I wish one of our wingers scored every 4.5 games instead of 1 in 15 ala Iwobi, Mkhi etc.

Goonertex
Goonertex

I’m afraid one of the most valuable clubs in the world does not mean one of the richest, at least as measured by ownerships willingness fund transfers.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Trouble is it’s well renowned that Ziyech, Carrasco and Fraser are all available for £30m and in most cases have better numbers. And then there’s the younger gambles for £10-20m we’re linked with which would be more appealing on our budget. Doubt we could convince Stan to pump in another £50m when there’s arguable more suitable options. Don’t get me wrong, I like Zaha, but not for £80m. And if for some reason Stan found £50m (down the back of the sofa or whatever) replacing Ramsey is crucial, so too the work on our defence.

Cagooner
Cagooner

I would be happy with a transfer window that saw only Zaha come in and Mustafi go out. It’s far from ideal I realize and would be better yet if Tierney came in and Ozil left to give us more funds. But I truly think Zaha is a top quality player that can make a real difference for us.

Obviously we also need to bolster our central defense, but to get Zaha in I’d be willing to roll the dice with Kos, Socrates, Holding, Chambers, Mavro and Biliek next season if reason necessary.

Also, we need box to box midfielder, but again I’d be prepared to risk going with Xacka, Torreira, Gendouzi, Elneny, Willock etc.

Sadly, I can’t see us doing enough to get Zaha in. But if we could, he’d be game changer.

kas
kas

Spurs will probably sign Zaha & other players we want, just to rub our noses in it.

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

Funny, Spurs have just built a new stadium and they can still overpower us financially.

I don’t think we can have St Totteringham’s day again until Kroenke sells his shares.

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

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Santori
Santori

Spurs are going for bigger fish than us. Bruno Fernandes. We can’t compete.

And they have assets to sell of value.

We are selling players we don’t rate. The rest of the league and europe aren’t stupid. they have better choices for less salary.

Which is why I said there is no “Must Sell”.

We have to be prepared to keep and use to best of abilities.

What we need to consider though is a bit of risk.

As example when we went for Mhkitaryan, it was risk aversion at its worse.

We needed a wide creative player and could have gone for Mahrez aggressively and early. May have meant we spent say 30m+ instead of the free on Mhki but we would actually get a player we needed who potentially could have helped Wenger sneak back into Europe.

Then the money we get from being back in CL would have justified the buy for a higher quality asset that the team required tactically.

This is why I mentioned neither Raul nor Mslintat have been particularly good and have largely neglected tactical and strategic needs of the club.

Its what you wish for. People wanted an independent Transfer team but they were too independent working to the benefit of their old contacts and low hanging fruit instead of closely with the gaffer.

Agincourt
Agincourt

The spuds have less money than us now with the new rents going up on the new ground.

North London is redder
North London is redder

I can imagine Zaha kicking up enough of a fuss to make his position at Palace untenable. Arguably he’s done enough for the club that brought him through with the first transfer fee and on the pitch. 25-30 million would be more than a fair price, they should let him make his dream move. I hope to see him in an Arsenal shirt next season. Top player and a gooner.

Floppy Gloves
Floppy Gloves

In that new home kit? Yes please.

Dave
Dave

Just get Tierney, Saliba and any Winger (Everton maybe? with Edu coming in, could see us looking for players in the Southamerican market) and give fair chances to the likes of Nelson, ESR, Bielik, Chambers, etc etc. Right now we don’t have either the money or the willingness from our saviour Kroenke to spend the money, so we should start focusing on young players again. We should be scouting the u21 Euros right now, La Copa America, etc.

Santori
Santori

Saliba is 18yrs and hardly featured for St Etienne. He is not De Ligt playing most games in the season and delivering.

Might as well promote our own Bielik or Mavropanos (which would be a risk too) but at very least we won;t be wasting half the budget on untried solution. That would be daft…and prob worse than Mustafi (like Jenkinson at Rback)

Tierney ditto. A position that can wait a season down.

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

Nah, i don’t care about Zaha anyway. Here is the scary thing. According to Sky sources, Ozil refused to leave.

That lazy has revealed his true face. I mean he would rather warm the bench or walk like a snail as being substitued when Arsenal was 0-3 down against Chelsea than play for another club.

Very very scary.

Gooner Sam
Gooner Sam

I think we need to start trending #ozilout!

Alex
Alex

Not already done?

Alex
Alex

Özil it’s, let’s say £40M with the wages + let’s say £20M for the transfert = £60M. Not enough for a Zaha and you still need to replace the lazy snail.

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

It’s not about Zaha…

Ealing
Ealing

I think it will be difficult to offload Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Mustafi and until we have them on our books, we will struggle with recruitment. We can only hope that if called up, they perform, but I am not holding my breath out for that. On the plus side, Ozil will help shifting a few shirts. Mkhi may have from time to time some good link up player with Auba. I can’t think of a reason for wanting to hold on to Mustafi unless we confine him to early stages of Carabao Cup, Europa league and FA cup, but even then he will costs us a few defeats here and there…

btw
btw

I don’t think Ozil will sell shirts to Arsenal fans

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

“off our books” right?

Rich
Rich

SkySports saying United have a 25% sell on clause.

As much as I’d love us to sign Zaha, I wouldn’t be keen on us spending more than £50-£55 million on him, with relatively modest wages.

If we could get Zaha on the left? and a player like Sarr from Rennes on the right? whilst also bringing back Nelson, I think it would transform us as a team.

We’d still need 2 full backs, but centrally I’d be happy enough to give Bielik a shot, and miss out on buying a centre half this summer.

Fixing our disjointed attack with a couple of very fast and direct wide players who can dribble, would transform us as a team.

gunners and roses
gunners and roses

Personally, I believe our prime focus should be on most of the defensive targets aforementioned, primarily Kieran Tierney, and only Willam Saliba (if injected into first team action immediately).

We should really be leaning towards signing our own Premier League proven centre halfs if above fails, the like of Lewis Dunk, Jamal Lascelles and James Tarkowski. We need a Koscielny/Mertesacker type partnership, we are in dire need of an aerial presence in our backline.

Wake up and smell the coffee, Wilfried Zaha is a dream. We have two wingers coming into the fold, one who we are familar with in Reiss Nelson and Gabriel Martinelli soon to be unveiled.

Martinelli is highly rated by our soon-to-be technical director Edu Gaspar. There is nothing but good things to be said about Edu Gaspar at Corinthians and with the Brazil setup right now, thus, I personally will trust his judgement on his first recruitment.

We are FINALLY seemingly to address our areas of ineptitude, I really am looking forward to the new Season.

COYG.

Agincourt
Agincourt

Ornstein always “knows someone who heard it first” close to the club! Then cites the Anthony Martial deal as proof..,….So how long ago was that?? First of all he’s been an enigma since signing. Secondly….,how many scoops is that??? 1 in how many years??? Go tell your fairy stories to your kids…they might even believe them! Stop trying to wind up Arsenal fans!!

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

Here we go again……..🤔😒😣

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

As all of this is not new stuff, I understand that the pooh-o-meter stays in the cupboard. 🙁

Hustle6
Hustle6

Im from south london wilf Is like a superstar out here you speak to urban youths and they literally refer to him as “star in da ‘ood” I’m old enough to remember Ian Wright’s transfer. Palace lost many fans and literally many thousands of people became gooners cause of ians influence in general. I would love for it to happen again.

Yeah I know some of you basic folk will be like “ooh fake fans” jog on.

Sue

I love Wrighty & I’m desperate for us to sign Zaha 🙏

Santori
Santori

One should not be desperate in market.

That’s the last thing to do. Seller will fleece us if so.

You need to be a poker player.

There are plenty of options in market besides Zaha and price isn’t far off (Ziyech, Carrasco only 5m + more)

Once demand falls off when apex predators in market have spent their money for most parts, prices will also likely cool.

Desperate are for people who simply do not understand how the market works.

It is NOT fixed price like a supermarket.

Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0
Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0

“he’s not an £80m player”

I mean not that I even disagree, but on current market? Where 1 good breakout season at right back has you at £50M, with Stones currently the most expensive English CB ever, how can he not be?

I’m not talking about the current market, not the fact valuations on the whole are ridiculous. We live in a time where a breakout 18yr old CB for St.Etienne is £25M with a loan back, and a player we sold for just £2M 12 months ago is bandied around for £20M, how can Zaha not be that?

It’s bonkers.

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill

Who is the 2m to 20m player?

North London is Redder
North London is Redder

The Jeff

Cygans Parting
Cygans Parting

Buy Dan -Axel Zagadou. For the sole reason that he is 6.5″ tall. I miss having players of that stature in our squad….. Also I really like the Olivia Newton-John song…………

Santori
Santori

We don’t have the money to be doing this unless you live in a fantasy world.

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

ManUtd also didn’t qualify for CL next season, but that doesn’t stop them to be aggressive in the transfer market. Between having ambition & without one.

Santori
Santori

United have a lot more commercial earning than us.

We’ve taken a massive hit over last 3 seasons out of CL. We’ve lost a lot of the allure of the club particularly this season since we fell short of being slioghtly better than Wenger’s last season.

I don’t think many players (and agents) see us the same way anymore. When Wenger was in charge (before slump last 2 seasons), we were predictably IN CL and Wenger had a reputation for the most parts as a developer that would better the value of an up and coming player. Hence the attraction to be linked to Arsenal.

You can sort of see how far we’ve fallen with the sort of players we are linked to this summer, some mediocre winger from Ligue 2, undercooked 18yr old Cbacks, its enough to excite some gullible fans at Arsenal but outside the club, we aren’t the atttraction we use to be.

Santori
Santori

United will spend. They just sealed Wan Bissaka. It was over priced at 50m. Hopefully they won’t be wise and pay over for players (which is why prices are high at the moment, sellers know teams like Chelsea, United will pay the silly money)

We will have to be patient and wait for these apex predators in market to fall away as they max out their budget.

It may mean risk to us for certain players in some areas and we still have to contend with Spurs who have assets to sell, will prob make good money and reinvest in quality beyond us (Bruno Fernandes on their list if United or someone bigger don’t get him first)

Which is why we have ALWAYS been late in market.

Too many people do not understand how the market works or live outside of reality.

Wenger had to wait to pull the trigger bc frankly we are not top contenders in the market. We are now behind 10 clubs in allure and spending power.

As an example, we did not panic buy on Ozil. We could not move for him bc Madrid were waiting on Bale. But work had been done before hand to put things in place so the deal could be done very quickly at end of window when the gaffer decided to pull the trigger on it.

And whatever you may think of Ozil, there would have been other clubs who would have gladly taken him plus Wenger does not spend a quid over so to think he would panic buy at 42.3m, you need to pull your head out of your arse for some fresh air.

Santori
Santori

Wild swings in valutation.

I read Zaha was 25m. Which is more realistic and closer in price to Carrasco and Ziyech (just above 30m and 1 quid)

So we have plenty of play but should be prepared to pay around that price for a creative wide player give or take preferably 5m less.

There’s plenty of options at the moment to play off with Thauvin, Ziyech, Carrasco, Zaha all 25-26yrs plenty of experience and proven capability (Carrasco a bit of a wild horse in lower league China)

There’s the next tier prob priced too high in Pepe, Fekir but if there are no realistic buyers may then cool in price.

But there’s also younger players (likely priced higher) like the Brazilian Neres or Everton (probably fishing for a Spanish top tier club in Catalonia…albeit Greizzman will be likely the big purchase there)

So prices can climb down as we come to close of window but prob just slightly (albeit enough to offset and make a difference on a bit of extra we can put back into the Cback or CM)

One player I thought we could get in if there was less interest in him (for CM) was Kovacic who did decent on loan at Chelsea this season, still only 25yrs, can play deep playmaker or higher up, plenty of energy.
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BUT seems Chelsea are back in for him despite the transfer ban and want to get it done before this Sunday for a whopping 40m

Once one of the big apex predators come in, the price will go up considerably (why not? Seller knows they will pay silly money) We saw that with Mahrez who was (leicester anyway) asking around 40m (prob could have got him for 35m or less if we gone in aggressive and early.

But the moment City felt they needed depth out wide (Partially bc we did not sell them Sanchez), the price climbed very quickly to 65m at very end of window.

Valuation is exactly that, what you feel the player is worth (to you and to market competition) and if there are less buyers, (club wants to sell) price can come down.

Then its a question if you grab the bird in hand now (say Zaha at 25m) or risk and wait for prices to sweat out bc maybe say Ziyech may come down in price closer to window to make him more affordable.

There’s not that much difference frankly between Zaha and Ziyech, Zaha being blooded in PL already, Ziyech maybe brings a surprise factor.

Either way we need the wide player (for some seasons now)

Since we have choice with wide player, we can afford to go on a bit longer and see how the prices work out. Cback is a different issue with less choices.

However there are still (at the moment) unresolved players like Umtiti who may come available later depending on what Barca do with De Ligt.

OTOH wait too long and it may be moot anyway bc United may swoop in and outbid for Umtiti so there may be merit to get what we can now in a less pedigreed but discipline and proven enough player.

18-22yr old Cbacks, unless they have been playing thick through the season and doing the business like De Ligt, it seems to me pointless. we already have Mavropanos and Bielik. May as well use them if that’s the case.

Saliba (or the likes) barely played last season. Considering finite budget we have, its ludicrous to bring someone like that in let alone worry about Lback position at this point of time and expend 25m+ for Tierney.

Fact is we need more experience at the back, someone in close to prime age will be ideal.

BUT as mention choices more limited and it may pay for us to bring in the player early to give him maximum time to bed in with the rest of the team pre-season, particularly if he is to be a key player and not back up.

Patrik Ljungberg
Patrik Ljungberg

Please, just stop recycling your old posts.

Monkey Joe
Monkey Joe

After reading rumours about David Moyes replacing #EmeryOut logical next step would be going for Cahill&Arteta midfield. Both should be available for free. Our shoestring budget could live to fight another day.

James
James

Too much money for Zaha. Kante was more transformative for a team and was only £35 mill. That Tanguy spurs want could transfer our midfield more after Ramsey has left and is the engine for any real team. He is only £55 mil. Can get another player with the change for £80 mill

Deo
Deo

Blogs, you can turn off the emailing from the settings on LinkedIn.

Pajanee
Pajanee

Leno….bellerin holding sokratis kolas….xaka bielik torreira…ozil auba laka

Lets be realistic guys…40M wont really improve our squad.