ARSENAL were out-thought, outfought and outplayed in Borussia Dortmund. They were also out-scored, losing 2-0.
TALKING Balls: A look at media reporting on Arsenal’s Germnan midfielder Mesut Ozil and Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao.
The often straw-clutching CaughtOffside says Ozil is heading to Bayern Munich for £32m. The Guardian picks that up and reports it.
Number of direct quotes cited: none.
Number of sources cited: none.
Facts to support headline: none.
The site Fanatiz calls Ozil a “flop”. Is he? Well, no. He isn’t. It’s just that for £41m, you expect more.
ARSENAL Balls: Mathieu Debuchy has an injured ankle. How long will he be injured for?
Daily Mail: We don’t know.
The Telegraph: Two months
MATCH of the Day is most football fans’ first chance to see what their team got up earlier in the day. The BBC’s flagship football programmes starts late on a Saturday Night. And most often than not it starts with Arsenal:
ARSENAL Balls: So. Why did Arsenal spend £16m to sign Danny Welbek from Manchester United?
The Daily Star knows.
David Woods says Arsenal players convinced Wenger sign Welbeck:
ARSENAL Balls: Media reporting on Arsene Wenger’s attitude to Danny Welbeck is utter drivel.
The Metro leads with the news that Arsenal didn’t want to sign Welbeck. Incredible as it seems, you can spend £16m on human flesh without meaning to:
Clearly, Manchester United’s Louis Van Gaal was not crash hot on Welbeck given that he had more expensive and experienced alterntives. You don’t leave players who cost a weekly wage far in excess of Welbeck’s on the bench.
ARSENAL Balls: The Gunners are looking to sign the NEW Cesc Fabregas. As the Metro thunders:
Arsenal line up £9.6m transfer deal for ‘new Cesc Fabregas’ Sergi Samper’
Huzzah! Arsenal fans can now watch as the team bring on a budding young talent who then tells them his heart lies in Spain before leaving and returning to play for Chelsea.
Transfer Balls: Marco Reus Joins Arsenal For £20m, Manchester City For £25m And Manchester United In January
TRANSFER Balls: Is Marco Reus heading to Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United or Real Madrid? Is she staying at Borussia Dortmund? Let’s see what the Daily Star is saying:
The Star has an “exclusive”. It says Manchester City and Arsenal will fight for Reus.
Paul Hethertington says “exclusively” – that Reus is Manchester City’s “top target”.
He’s fit again now though and has a buy-out clause in his contract which can be activated by any offer above £25 million from next summer.
Transfer Balls: Arsenal Sign Adrien Rabiot Then Sell Him To Roma To Smash Manchester United’s Kevin Strootman Bid
TRANSFER Balls: A look at the utter rot passed off as fact in the mainstream media. Today, the Daily Express has news for Arsenal fans: Paris St-Germain are looking to offload midfielder Adrien Rabiot to Roma. PSG are after Roma’s Kevin Strootman, 24, who is also a target for Manchester United.
Regular readers of Tabloid Balls readers will recall that The Metro said Rabiot was already an Arsenal player.
TRANSFER Balls: A look at talkSport’s reporting on “Manchester United and Arsenal target” Juan Cuadrado.
Today talkSport has a boast:
Manchester United and Arsenal target Juan Cuadrado is on the verge of signing a new contract with Fiorentina… talkSPORT told you last week that Cuadrado had been offered a new deal by the Serie A side and it now appears that those talks have been progressing well.
ARSENAL Balls: A look at media reporting on Arsenal FC.
Today the Daily Mail reports that Arsenal are offering new contracts to Olivier Giroud and Mikel Arteta. The Mail also reported that same fact back in July.
In July the Times told readers that Arteta was for sale:
Arsenal are holding out for £6 million for Mikel Arteta after Fiorentina made an approach to sign the midfielder who has entered the final year of his contract….The 32-year-old Spaniard is unlikely to be offered a contract extension by Arsenal, who are trying to do their business early in the transfer window.
The Independent says Arteta is definitely leaving in the summer of 2015 because no new deal is in the offing.
TRANSFER Balls: Arsenal are going to fight Manchester United and Manchester City for Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk. No, really. We read it in The Metro. Today that paper reports:
Arsenal still keen on January move for Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk
Come again? Arsenal are still keen on buying Virgil van Dijk in January, which is still a few months away? Which begs the question: if they are that keen on him, why didn’t Arsenal buy him in the two-month long transfer window that just shut?
Arsenal are hopeful of sealing a January move for Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk after the Gunners missed out on a transfer deadline day deal.
ARSENAL and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has been talking about Jamie Redknapp, the Sky TV (owner R. Murdoch) and Daily Mail pundit whose dad Harry Redknapp manages QPR.
The Times (oer R. Murdoch) says Wilshere is “furious with Jamie Redknapp”.
Jamie Redknapp made the to-deadline opinion that Wilhere would soon lose his place in the Arsenal team.
The Times says Wilshere replied:
“I listen to the people who I work closely with. With all due respect, I think Redknapp should have a little bit of respect and understanding — he was injured more than I was. It’s easy for someone to go on television and say: ‘He should be doing this, he should be doing that.’ But, if you look back, he was injured just as much as I was. Maybe more than I was. And he was never injured at my age as well. It takes a lot of mental strength to come back. I don’t need that. I listen to people like the boss here and Gary Neville, people who talk a lot of sense and can help me with my game. I’ll take criticism, it’s part and parcel of football. But when it’s just reckless and aggressive, I don’t listen.”
TRANSFER Balls: Is Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus heading to Arsenal to Manchester United? Or what about Barcelona, Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid?
The IB Times’Eduardo Fernandez-Abascal reports:
Real Madrid have secured first refusal on Arsenal and Manchester United target Marco Reus next summer, according to reports in Spain. The German international’s future at Borussia Dortmund has been questioned in recent weeks after it was revealed he had a special release clause in his contract which allows him to leave the team in summer 2015 for as little as £25m ($15m, €18.9m) [sic].
Transfer Balls: You’ll Never Believe Who Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Yeovil And Manchester United Didn’t Bid For
TRANSFER Balls: Did Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs or Yeovil (did we leave any out?) bid for Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar? The Daily Express has a scoop:
No Arsenal, Liverpool or Tottenham bid for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Yes. The Express saays that no club bid for Huntelaar. Yeah, not even Bounemouth made a cheeky bid.
Ben Jefferson spells out the facts:
This is the same Ben Jefferson who told Express readers that Liverpool and Araenal were going to war for the Dutchman:
MANCHESTER United Balls: The Red Devils have gone galactico and hired Radamel Falcao for a the season. Falcao says playing for Manchester United is a “dream” come true.
It just so happens that his dream comes with massive pay packet.
Falcao was earning a fortune at Monaco. That’s the team he joined for £52m and opined:
“My heart has been with Monaco since my idol Thierry Henry played there.”
Would his heart have been with Arsenal, where Thierry Henry also played? Or The New York Red Bulls?
Maybe Falcao saw Henry play at Old Trafford and thought he’d try to do as well as his idol?
So much utter balls, of course. Falcao is a boot for hire.
What we need are facts. So. What are dreamy Manchester United paying Falcao?
Transfer Balls Awards: Arsenal Sign Cavani And Khedira, Manchester United Get Vidal, Kroos And Hummels – Falcao To Liverpool
TRANSFER Balls: Over the summer Anorak has been highliting the utter balls newspapers and football websites have presnted as fact. Time to review some of the choices cuts. As ever the biggest balls features Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Cheslea.
The Daily Mail told Manchester United fans that Miranda was on his way to the club from Atlético Madrid. He was looking at local schools for his children. He never left home.
The straw-clutching CaughtOffisde wesbite told its readers that Arsenal had signed Sami Khedira. The player remains at Real Madrid.
FOOTBALL’S summer transfer season is over. The Transfer Balls have been digested. And football fans get to see what their team got on DEADLINE DAY. We’ll round-up with the little sticker-style photos clubs use to release new player news on twitter.
The tweets can be broadly placed in two camps: craft or graft.
But we’ll start with Jonathan Biabiany’s move from Parma to AC Milan. It fell through. Anyone like to tell him?
TRANSFER Balls: Is Manchester United and England’s Danny Welbeck on his way to Arsenal? Or is he on his way to Spurs? Let’s see what the media experts have been saying:
The Guardian says it’s Spurs!
The Guardian says it’s Everton!
Ian Herbert says it’s Arsenal for Welbeck!
The Mirror says it’s Spurs!
The Independent says it’s Arsenal!
The Mail says it’s Spurs!
Metro says it’s Arsenal!
The Evening Standard says it’s Spurs!
The Mail says it’s Arsenal!
Such are the facts…
TRANSFER Balls: a look at Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus Marco Reus’s move to Arsenal, as told by the trusty media…
Number of words said by Arsenal on the transfer: nil.
Number of words said by Dortmund and Reus on the transfer: nil.
Yet the Metro says Arsenal are preparing a £40m for the Germany player.
The scoop quotes not a single source.
Transfer Balls: Radamel Falcao Joined Chelsea Twice, Signed For Manchester City And Manchester United And Headed To Arsenal And Liverpool
TRANSFER Balls: A look at reporting on Radamel Falcao, the Monaco player linked to Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Cheslea. It’s been a pretty rich summer of utter balls being passed off as a fact.
The Metro says Falcao has agreed to join Manchester United for £51m.
Is that to be believed? In 2013, the Mirror said Falcao had joined Manchester City for £54m.
The Mirror added:
…the deal is also a major coup for Pellegrini, with 27-year-old Falcao keen to work for the Chilean, who is expected to sign a two-year deal at City within a fortnight.
On August 29 2014, The Week asked if Falcao had joined Real Madrid.
On August 29, the Metro said Arsenal had a clear run to buy Falcao:
The ever dire Goal.com said that Falcao had signed for Chelsea.
The equally rubbish CaughtOffide stated that, yes, Falcao had joined Chelsea.
Of, course the same site said Cheslea had bought Falcao for much less money the year before.
But then the Mirror said Falcao had “already agreed” to kon Real Madrid. That was January 2013.
On Augut 7 2014, Falcao was heading to Liverpool.
On August 17, Falcao was heading to Juventus, said the Daily Mail.
It’s a Transfer Balls Royal Flush as Falcao is linekd with all give of English football’s biggest clubs.
Such are the facts…
TRANSFER Balls: It’s the final day of football’s summer shopping season and much media attention is focused on Monaco’s Radamel Falcao.
The Mirror says Manchester City will buy Radamel Falcao is they can offload Alvaro Negredo to Valencia. Readers learn that Negredo is “desperate” to move to Spain.
The Mail says Negredo is on his way, having agreed to leave City for Valencia. But the paper adds that he will stay at City if The Citizens don’t bag Falcao. So. In other words, no deal has been done.
And, yes, this is the Daily Mail which reported Falcao had signed for Real Madrid.
TRANSFER Balls: Loic Remy has left QPR to join Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. Now read on…
The Daily Express has news:
According to West London Sport, 27-year-old Remy rejected a new contract at QPR on Friday and will undergo a medical at Chelsea tomorrow. But those plans could change as Arsenal put their hat in the ring, with Wenger likely to descend into a bidding war with Mourinho for Remy’s services.
No need for any war. The Mail says Loic Remy has joined Chelsea for £8m. The paper announced:
Loic Remy has completed a move to Chelsea from QPR
TRANSFER Balls: The summer has been full of news that Radamel Falcao is leaving Monaco to play for Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Juventus or Real Madrid. It’s not only in the UK that the Press has been full of utter balls.
On July 3, Spanish organ AS said Real Madrid had reserved the Numebr 9 short for Radamel Falcao.
TRANSFER Balls: a look at the utter balls being presented as insider knowledge and scoops in the football world. We’ve spotted the Daily Express’ news that Radamel Falcao is on his way to Arsenal.
Anthony Chapman says Radamel Falcao has “dropped the biggest bint yet he will sing for Arsenal”.
What did he do? Did he stand in front of an Arsenal creast, like Mario Balotelli did – a few days before he joined Liverpool? This screengrab is from the Independent: