Saturday, April 13, 2024

Arsenal transfer round-up: Let’s meet at the Roca fella plaza*

Arseblog News is committed to saving you the clicks so you don’t have wade through all the transfer effluent there is out there.

Hey, some of you like wading, that’s fine, just wear big wellies, because there’s a lot of it.

For those who prefer their poo in cartoon form at the bottom of a transfer rumour, then we’ve got it all here for you, with the latest ins and outs that might or might not be happening or completely made up or whatever.

Let’s go!

Marc Roca

The Espanyol midfielder is reportedly a target for Mikel Arteta, but we’re somewhat cautious about this. When it was said the story came from Spanish daily Sport, you might think the connection lends it a bit of credibility.

However, when you look on the Sport website and they cite the Daily Express as the source, you lose a bit of faith. And by a little, I mean a lot because the Daily Express is a complete rag.

Nevertheless, in terms of profile you could see why we might be interested. He’s 23 years of age, just over 6′ tall, and has made 33 appearances for Espanyol this season. He’s contracted until 2022 so would command a reasonable fee, if we had any money to spend.

Maybe the Barcelona-based outfit will be in need of any cash they can generate, so his price might be low, but considering the origin of this story, we’re far from convinced.

Thomas Partey

Remember the summer of The Beast? When it felt like 99.9999999% of Arsenal transfer stories involved Julio Baptista? Well, here we go again. Except with Thomas Partey.

We’re gonna swap him for Lacazette.

His teammate says he wants to play for Arsenal.

The President of Ghana has had his say.

We’re going to invent an entirely new form of cryptocurrency to pay for the transfer with.

The brother of the mother of the cousin of the niece of the boyfriend of the godfather of the sister of the next door neighbour of the granny of Partey heard from someone whose uncle knows the wife of the owner of a gym in Madrid that a friend of a friend of a friend of Partey’s goes to, that it’s all happening.




Dennis Gyamfi

He’s an 18 year old right back currently contracted to Leicester City, but his deal runs out at the end of this month, making him a free agent. He wouldn’t cost a transfer fee, but we’d have to pay them a development fee decided by a commission.

Apparently we’re ‘battling’ Rangers for his signature. Beyond that, we don’t know anything, but given that he’s yet to even make an appearance for their first team it seems unlikely he’d be anything but a player for the U23s even if he did sign.

Dinos Mavropanos

It was reported by Charles Watts of Goal that the Greek defender was ‘attracting interest’ from a number of German clubs. He’s currently on loan with FC Nurnberg and has reportedly been ‘impressive’ during his time there.

He’s played 10 games in the Bundesliga 2 for a side battling relegation, so he’s likely to be busy at the back, but this story sounds like one of those where an agent is making sure his client has visibility before the next transfer window.

His future at Arsenal is very uncertain after an injury plagued period, and if he follows the path of previous players we’ve loaned to the German second division (Ryo Miyaichi and Takuma Asano), chances are he’ll be on the move somewhere.

Mohamed Elneny

Currently on loan with Besiktas but in the middle of a pay dispute with them, the Egyptian international’s future is up in the air right now. There had been links with Galatasaray, and even AC Milan (do it, Gazidis, you owe us), but he’s now attracting the interest of Olympiacos.

Again, info is short on the ground, but this does feel like the kind of move that fits all concerned. Elneny has a contract with Arsenal until 2022.

*credit to Andrew Allen for the headline pun despite taking his eye off the ball over the Goodbye, Mr Chips debacle.

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Thought Elneny good strong tidy scored v Barcelona. Thought him and xhaka together be good to free up ozil. Did not see that tried much

Swap him for roca..


Let’s be honest here, Elneny is nothing more than a well-built Denilson.

I think we would do well to get a fee and move on as he lacks the quality required to be able to play for a top-6 side unless he accepts his position as a squad player with youth wages (which he certainly isn’t on). Even then, I would want some youth player have a shot at that position instead as a proper punt for the future instead of wasting a developmental opportunity there.


Eleny was toilet, we’d do well to get fee for him, worst midfielder to ever put on an Arsenal shirt, he’s in the same bracket as Phillippe Senderos, total waste, hang on I think Lichtsteiner is up there too lol. Everytime I watch Eleny play, I don’t think he’s ever made a tackle, he just seems to shadow players, following them around the pitch, very little creativity and to think he cost us around 1mil more than Martinelli ?? cut our losses and sell. I’m not even going to comment on Xaka & Eleny as a partnership in midfield ??‍♂️??‍♂️… Read more »


??? I wonder how many of those – ?? came from those of you that feel Eleny can actually do something for the Arsenal midfield. I’ve been watching Arsenal for over 30yrs since I was 10, I’ve seen the good the bad and the ugly, ok maybe I was a little harsh saying he was the worst player to ever put on a shirt, but please don’t tell me he’s good enough to be operating in the Arsenal midfield. Xaka isn’t even good enough & he’s a far more compact midfielder than Eleny. We’ve never really filled the voids of… Read more »


Elneny needs alot of assistance in midfield, he isnt one to dictate play against a low block. He would probably do well in a more compact team, his main attribute was always keeping possession and keep the ball circulating.


and his mobility, hes really quite athletic and harries the opposition well defensively


Don’t think we ever played xhaka, Elneny, ozil midfield. Because if injuries and Ramsey ( could have played side right. And Santi ( could have played side left ) and coquelian. Some one remind me if you remember such a game line up? thanks


That what I mean Elneny quickly gets ball to xhaka and ozil. Thought Wenger would have tried it more . As Elneny could do xhakas running for him. Scored in big games v Barcelona, in African nations final.


Mavropanos is very injury prone, and probably will continue to be until his physically matures. Can we wait 3 seasons? I dont think so. Can we use the few million he might bring in revenue to fund other young promising players, yes.


We’ve got 7 centre half’s on our books, plus Mari on loan.

We could sell Mavropanos, Sokratis, Mustafi for maybe £15million, Mkhitaryan + Elneny for £10-£12million, and punt the lot on another centre half.

That would still leave us wIth Holding, Chambers, Luiz, Saliba, and whoever we decided to take a punt on.

I quite like the look of Soyuncu at Leicester, but I’d imagine he’d cost a lot more than £30 million.


The frustrating thing here is we were heavily linked with him when we had the talent spotter, diamond eye, but he left and Soyuncu ended up at Leicester ???‍♂️


He is 22, 6’4, and by all indication from his U23 teammates he is very strong. I don’t think he needs another 3 years to develop physically. However, he needs game time and it might take him 3 years to develop his game to the expected level.


I agree. He seemed very talented to me when he played for us. It was a really big step for him that time but he looks like a real defender: resolved, tough, concentrated. Not to mention that, it looks as if he’d really value the fact that he belongs to us.
Plus: he had 10 appearences so far in Germany and statistically he is the best player of Nuernberg today. Not bad from a 23 year old!


Tsk. You forgot Kökcü. For shame.


Swap deal? Seems logical with their previous interest in Laca. However the wage demands would probably mean we need to throw a fair chunk of cash their way, in conjuntion with financial uncertainty they will probably try their gambling hand and go for Laca plus 15m, knowing we have some cash to spend.


I’d rather we went for Lemar than Partey, he’s 2.5 years younger, he’s more versatile, and it’s the type of signing Arsene made a big success of in the first part of is tenure


That Partey bit made me laugh 😀 Thanks for providing fun as always Andrew.


Covid has skewed and already badly skewed market. There are exceptions and Chelsea have already shown they are – sadly – one. But most Clubs are going to be very cautious. Prices will – in general – decline and we have :- 1/ Little, if any money 2/ A @£27 million loss from last year 3/ No current European football and a big question over future participation at any level. 4/ I suspect we must sell before we can consider any buys. Given all that, the click bait rubbish of the likes of Partey are even less credible than before.… Read more »


It’s back! The poo meter is back!


8 poops for Partey? that’s fairly pessimistic


Partey after Partey…

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