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Arsenal Transfer Balls: Gunners sign Paulista in principal for a variety of fees

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Arsenal Transfer Balls: So. Is Paulista heading to the Emirates?

The Metro says Paulista is an Arsenal player. Sort of:

Gabriel Paulista transfer to Arsenal agreed in principle, confirm Villarreal

In principle? What does that mean, then? We ask because one day ealier the Metro said Arsenal had signed Paulista in fact. He was scheduled to undergo his medical:

 

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Also:

The £13.8million fee is slightly below Gabriel’s release clause, and now Arsenal are expecting to win a work permit to wrap up the transfer.

The Mail says the fee is £15m. The Guardian says it’s £11m. The Telegraph says it could be as high as £10m.

Such are the facts…

Posted: 25th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal outbid Real Madrid for Sergio Ramos as Manchester get Paulista

Transfer Balls: a look at mainstream media reporting on football transfers.

The Daily Telegraph has news on Sergio Ramos:

Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Arsenal Wenger handed boost in hunt for Real defender Sergio Ramos

He has? The media is full of news that Arsenal are buying central defender Gabriel Paulista for £6m (Metro), £10m (Telegraph) and £15m (Guardian).  So. Why would they buy Ramos, too?

And Arsenal are not alone. Just yesterday the Daily Star reported:

Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd target Sergio Ramos CLOSE to agreeing HUGE deal

But why would Manchester United wants Ramos. The Star also reported that they want Paulista:

 

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The Telegraph’s story continues:

Arsenal have been given a huge boost in their hunt for Sergio Ramos, reports The Metro.

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Posted: 23rd, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Transfer Balls: Tiote, Augustin, Otamendi and Bryam join the Gunners revolution

Arsenal Transfer Balls: Who are the Gunners buying today? To date, the mainstream media has told readers that Arsenal are buying – get this – 63 players. And there are MORE!

The Telegraph: “Arsenal weighing up £9m bid for Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote

So. No bid made. Unless you rea the Daily Express:

Arsenal launch £9m bid for Man United and Liverpool target Cheick Tiote

ESPN has more news:

Arsenal target move for PSG striker Jean-Kevin Augustin

The Metro:

Arsenal had been linked with Nicolas Otamendi in the Sunday papers, but news on Monday suggested that Manchester United had seen a £27million bid turned down for the versatile defender.

Which Sunday papers, the Metro doesn’t say.

Daily Mirror: “Arsenal news and transfers: Leeds United defender Sam Byram on Arsene Wenger’s radar?”

As ever the Mirror shrouds a started by ending it with a question mark.

Arsenal are now buying in this January Transfer Window: 66 players!

Previously:

Batch 1: William Carvalho, James McCarthy, Mario Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Loris Karius, Ilkay Gundogan, Teddy Bishop.

Batch 2: Loic Perrin, Mattia Destro, Federico Valverde, Rayan Souici, Sami Khedira, Yohan Cabaye, Ayoze Perez, Bruno Martins Indi, Moussa Sissoko and Takefusa Kubo.

Batch 3: Iker Casillas, Petr Cech, Adrien Rabiot, Stephan El Shaarawy, Marcelo Brozovic, Krystian Bielik, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes, Victor Wanyama, Xherdan Shaqiri, Adil Rami, Paul Pogba, Sebastian Lichtsteiner, Morgan Schneiderlin and Winston Reid.

Batch 4: Aymeric Laporte, Virgil van Dijk and Ron Vlaar.

Batch 5: Nabil Fekir, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Vidic, Sergio Busquets, Lucas Silva, Marco Reus, Matt Targett, Sebastian Giovinco, Nikola Vlasic, Marcelo Brozovic, Gabriel Barbosa and Malcolm Silva.

Batch 6: Juan Quinetero, Isco, Sergio Ramos, Paolo Dybala, Jonathan Calleri, Gabriel Paulista, Luis Suarez.

Batch 7: Mario Mandzukic, Saido Berahino, Wilfried Bony, Jay Rodriguez, Ter Stegen and Edgar.

 

Posted: 21st, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Flamini and Carzorla futures in jeopardy (and other Daily Mail clickbait)

Football fans love those player ratings that feature in newspapers. At home they compile league tables. It’s a little known fact that clubs ask a random sample of 101 fans for their end-of-season results. The data dictates clubs’ tranfer policies.

Today in the Daily Mail, Neil Ashton delivers his verdict on Manchester City v Arsenal. Let’s look at the Arsenal players’ scores.

Ospina: 7
Bellerin: 7
Mertesacker: 7.5
Koscielny:  7
Monreal: 7
Ramsey: 7
Coquelin: 7.5
Cazorla:  7
Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6
Giroud: 8
Sanchez: 6.

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Posted: 19th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao offers himself to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City

Transfer Balls: Is Radamel Falcao staying at Manchester United?

The Sunday Times has news:

ARSENAL, Liverpool and Manchester City have inquired about Radamel Falcao’s availability as the Colombian struggles to nail down a place in Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United starting XI.

Yeah. The player who commands a salary of – get this – £265,000 a week (!!), who has scored three times for Manchester United this season and has a history of injury is interesting Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Says who?

Falcao, right, is said to have been left ‘perplexed and bemused’ by his treatment at United…

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Posted: 19th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal sign Schneiderlin who wants to play for Manchester United

Transfer Balls: Can it be true? Have Arsenal signed Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin?

The Metro says they have:

Arsenal agree transfer deal for Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin

So. Schneiderlin will save Arsenal. But wait a moment. The Mirror has news:

Southampton dealt Morgan Schneiderlin injury blow with in-form midfielder out until February

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Posted: 16th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal sign Ryan Shawcross, Grzegorz Krychowiak and it’s 65

Arsenal Transfer Balls: To date, the media has liubnked the Gunners to  – get this – 62 footballers. Arsenal are going mad in the January sales. And it does not end there. No way. There are even more players heading to the Emirates:

The latest batch:

Daily Express: “Liverpool LEADING Arsenal and Spurs in £5m to land ‘Iranian Messi’ Sardar Azmoun

Daily Telegraph: “Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak could be available this month after his club, Sevilla, opened talks over a deal to sign Lucho González on loan from Porto.”

Could? No. In the Mirror it’s fact:

Daily Mirror: “Arsenal target Grzegorz Krychowiak set to leave Sevilla after they sign Lucho Gonzalez”

Daily Express: “‘Emirates enemy Ryan Shawcross could be Arsene Wenger target’.

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Posted: 16th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal buy Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels for £43m more than they have

Transfer Balls: The BBC has stella news for Arsenal fans, who will recslls news that the Gunners have a £20m transfer kitty for this January’s transfer window (Daily Mirror). Now read on:

Arsenal are ready to begin talks with Borussia Dortmund over a £63m deal to sign 24-year-old midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and centre-back Mats Hummels, 26.

That sounds like a lot of money. But it must be true becasue rhe Independent has the same story:

Arsenal bid £63m for Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels

 

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Posted: 15th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Transfer Balls: Perin, Gomis and Moreno arrive

Transfer Balls – Arsenal: To date Arsenal have been linked to – get this – 59 players. Not by some small websites. The mainstream media has said Arsenal are buying players in batches. And there are more:

Daily Express: “Arsenal will consider launching a £12million bid to sign Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin.” The Mirror calls him “the new Buffon”.

Daily Mail: “Arsene Wenger is considering a move to sign Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis.”

Daily Mail: “Arsenal eye up swoop for Mexican centre back Hector Moreno to bolster defence”

Those three new players make it 62.

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Posted: 14th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal sign Mandzukic, Bony, Berahino, Stegen and Rodriguez

Throughout this January Tranfer Window, Anorak has been noting the players Arsenal are going to sign. Like you, we’ve not heard a murmer from the Gunners about any players. They like to keep these things quiet until a deal is done. But the experts in the maintream media have ‘sources’. Usually one newspaper’s scoop is dutifully repeated as a scoop by its rivals. No facts. No sources. Just repetition.

So many players are heading to Arsenal, we’ve grouped them into batches:

Batch 1: William Carvalho, James McCarthy, Mario Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Loris Karius, Ilkay Gundogan, Teddy Bishop.

Batch 2: Loic Perrin, Mattia Destro, Federico Valverde, Rayan Souici, Sami Khedira, Yohan Cabaye, Ayoze Perez, Bruno Martins Indi, Moussa Sissoko and Takefusa Kubo.

Batch 3: Iker Casillas, Petr Cech, Adrien Rabiot, Stephan El Shaarawy, Marcelo Brozovic, Krystian Bielik, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes, Victor Wanyama, Xherdan Shaqiri, Adil Rami, Paul Pogba, Sebastian Lichtsteiner, Morgan Schneiderlin and Winston Reid.

Batch 4: Aymeric Laporte, Virgil van Dijk and Ron Vlaar.

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Posted: 10th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Transfer Balls: Isco, Ramos and Luis Suarez arrive in a party of 54 new signings

Arsenal Transfer Balls: it’s been a busy, busy, BUSY January for Arsenal, who had at the last count bought 48 new players. Well, so say the experts in the mainstream media.

We’re onto Batch 6 of new Arsenal signgings. And it’s only January 9.

Today there is more news:

Daily Express: “Sergio Ramos puts Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal on RED ALERT with Premier League admission – SERGIO RAMOS has admitted he is more tempted by a move to Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea with every passing day.”

Number of mentions of Arsenal: zero. In fact. Ramos does not mention a single Premier League club. Not entirely incidentally, Ramos is in negotiations over a new Real Madrid contract.

The Metro: “Arsenal’s transfer moves for Edinson Cavani, Paolo Dybala and Jonathan Calleri are all in the balance”

Daily Mirror: “Arsenal ‘turn attention to Gabriel Paulista after back-tracking on Loic Perrin interest'”

The Mirror adds:

The Gunners were said to be keen on Saint-Etienne’s Perrin but have now decided that a move for the Brazilian defender is a more viable option

Said by whom? Well, there was that story in the…  Mirror, the one with no quotes, no proof, no sources (named or unnamed).  But hats off to the Mirror for debunbking its own Balls.

Daily Express: “Gunners renew Suarez bid”

Arsenal have bid for Barcelona’s Luis Suarez? No. They haven’t.

Daily Mirror:  “Arsenal news and transfers: Isco targeted in blockbuster £64MILLION move?”

Of course they are. Could any Arsenal fans doubt it?

Arsenal are preparing an incredible £64m move for Real Madrid star Isco in the hope to beat up off competition from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City…

But not from Manchester United. Maybe the Mirror’s saving that scoop for another day?

Total: 6 news players.

Previously:

Batch 1: William Carvalho, James McCarthy, Mario Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Loris Karius, Ilkay Gundogan, Teddy Bishop.

Batch 2: Loic Perrin, Mattia Destro, Federico Valverde, Rayan Souici, Sami Khedira, Yohan Cabaye, Ayoze Perez, Bruno Martins Indi, Moussa Sissoko and Takefusa Kubo.

Batch 3: Iker Casillas, Petr Cech, Adrien Rabiot, Stephan El Shaarawy, Marcelo Brozovic, Krystian Bielik, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes, Victor Wanyama, Xherdan Shaqiri, Adil Rami, Paul Pogba, Sebastian Lichtsteiner, Morgan Schneiderlin and Winston Reid.

Batch 4: Aymeric Laporte, Virgil van Dijk and Ron Vlaar.

Batch 5: Nabil Fekir, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Vidic, Sergio Busquets, Lucas Silva, Marco Reus, Matt Targett, Sebastian Giovinco, Nikola Vlasic, Marcelo Brozovic,, Gabriel Barbosa and Malcolm Silva.

Batch 6: Juan Quinetero

Running total of new Arsenal players: 54.

Posted: 9th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Transfer Balls: Marco Reues, Sami Khedira are two of 48 new signings and COUNTING

Arsenal Transfer Balls: let’s catch-up on what players are being signed by Arsenal in the Janaury 2014 Trasnfer Window. The Press are never wrong.

Today the Star says Arsenal are signing Juan Quinetero:

SOUTHAMPTON manager Ronald Koeman is ready to battle Arsenal to sign Porto’s Columbian World Cup star Juan Quintero.

Number of quotes from Arsenal, the players, scouts or even an unnamed ‘source': zero.

Yeah, just one player. The odd thing is that Arsenal are usually players in batches. Let’s recap:

Batch 1: William Carvalho, James McCarthy, Mario Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Loris Karius, Ilkay Gundogan, Teddy Bishop.

Batch 2: Loic Perrin, Mattia Destro, Federico Valverde, Rayan Souici, Sami Khedira, Yohan Cabaye, Ayoze Perez, Bruno Martins Indi, Moussa Sissoko and Takefusa Kubo.

Batch 3: Iker Casillas, Petr Cech, Adrien Rabiot, Stephan El Shaarawy, Marcelo Brozovic, Krystian Bielik, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes, Victor Wanyama, Xherdan Shaqiri, Adil Rami, Paul Pogba, Sebastian Lichtsteiner, Morgan Schneiderlin and Winston Reid.

Batch 4: Aymeric Laporte, Virgil van Dijk and Ron Vlaar.

Batch 5: Nabil Fekir, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Vidic, Sergio Busquets, Lucas Silva, Marco Reus, Matt Targett, Sebastian Giovinco, Nikola Vlasic, Marcelo Brozovic,, Gabriel Barbosa and Malcolm Silva.

Running total of new Arsenal recruits this January, as told by the Press: a decent 48.

Posted: 7th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: drive begins to get rid of smoking Wojciech Szczesny

How do Arsenal get rid of their failing goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny?

Well, the biggest story in the world of sport, according to the Mirror, is that Szczesny followed his shoddy performance against Southampton – he got an assist for both Saints goals in a 2-0 defeat –  by smoking a cigarette in the shower:

 

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The Sun agrees that smoking a cigarette is a huge deal. But unlike the Mirror’s “Smoking Gun” it opts for ‘Smoking Gunn”.

 

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Both paper agrees that the Gunners’ ‘keeper was fined £20,000 for “SMOKING in the showers after a game”.

Fans of frugal Arsenal might hope the Pole smokes a pack a day, the £20,000-a-pop cigarettes boosting Arsenal’s coffers until Szczesny’s paying to pay and the club can afford a better alternative.

 

Unless it’s all just nonsense. The Sun waters down the fury of the smoking Gunner by calling the smoke “crafty” and “cheeky”:

 

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The report ends:

Former Arsenal star John Jensen had claimed on Danish TV that Szczesny, 24, had suffered a bitter fall-out with Wenger and would not play again this season. The club denied this specific allegation and say Szczesny remains part of their first-team plans.

And he will do just as soon as they can get shot of the player whose as use as as a wet fag…

Posted: 6th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Transfer Balls: Gunners sign the ‘new Pogba’, the ‘new Messi’ and 31 others

Arsenal Transfer Balls: So far this transfer window, the mainstream media have reported that Arsenal are buying 23 players. Yeah, that’s all.

But that’s not all. Today we read that Arsenal are buying even more footballers:

 

Loic Perrin:

The Indy: “Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Loic Perrin confirms interest from Gunners”

 

Mattia Destro:

Daily Star: £12 bid for the Roma striker. Well, maybe.

 

Federico Valverde:

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Posted: 5th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Paul Pogba heads to Arsenal for £37m less than Manchester United paid

Transfer Balls – a regular look at footballers being linked to the big clubs. There is rumour of Juventus and France star Paul Pogba.

The Daily Express says Pogba is hgeaidng to Manchester United. The fee… £77m!

Paul Pogba heading to Man Utd for £77m as Juventus find replacement in Marco Verratti

 

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The Daily Star says Pogba is worth £70m. And he’s heading to all of the five richest English clubs. It’s a Transfer Balls Full House:

Several sources in Italy have suggested Premier League giants Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are eager to snap up the 21-year-old, who joined the Old Lady in 2012.

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Posted: 4th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Transfer Balls: Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes, Schneiderlin are Gunners bound (really)

Transfers Balls: Arsenal – a look at rumour and speculation presented as fact in the mainstream media. So. What players are heading to Arsenal today…?

 

Iker Casillas:

The Guardian: “He’ll [Arsene Wenger] hand him a five-year deal worth £1.4m per season too. Did you see that one coming?”

Number of quotes from Arsenal, Casillas and Real Madrid: none.

 

Petr Cech:

Daily Star: “ARSENE WENGER is ready to step up his pursuit of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech after another horror show from Wojciech Szczesny.”

 

Adrien Rabiot:

Daily Star: “Arsenal are losing the race to sign Paris St Germain’s Adrien Rabiot.”

 

Moussa Sissoko:

Indy: “Newcastle will reject a £9m bid for the club’s French midfielder Moussa Sissoko”

 

Stephan El Shaarawy:

Daily Express: “AC Milan have told Arsenal and Liverpool that striker Stephan El Shaarawy, 22, will cost £11.5m if they want to sign him in January.”

 

Marcelo Brozovic:

Daily Star: “The Gunners have had a £5m bid for Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic rejected by Dinamo Zagreb”

 

Krystian Bielik:

Daily Telegrpah: “The Gunners have had a bid for 16-year-old Polish midfielder Krystian Bielik rejected by Legia Warsaw.”

 

Mats Hummels and Benedikt Howedes:

Daily Express: “The Borussia Dortmund and Schalke stars could cost United a whopping £60m in the summer transfer window, and are also being chased by Arsenal.”

 

Victor Wanyama

Daily Mirror says the Southampton player is on the radar.

 

Xherdan Shaqiri

Daily Star: Yep, Arsenal want him. As does everyone else, apparently.

 

Adil Rami:

Daily Star: “Man Utd set to sacrifice striker in shock swap deal for Arsenal target Adil Rami”

 

Paul Pogba:

The Guardian: “It’s Paul Pogba! This is great news. At long last, there is going to be something there. Paul Pogba, heading to Arsenal, for £40m. This is a game-changer.”

 

Sebastian Lichtsteiner, Morgan Schneiderlin and Winston Reid.

The Guardian links al three players to Arsenal.

 

Final scores: Players in: 16.

Running total: 23 new signings in January!

Posted: 4th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Transfer Balls: Podolski out, Carvani, Suarez, Loris, Carvalho, McCarthy and Gundogen in

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Transfer Balls – Arsenal: a look at footaballrs linked with the Gunners in today’s newspapers. The facts behind each story are thinner than Arsene Wenger’s ankles:

Yaya Sanogo:

Daily Telegarph: “Sanogo is off to Bordeaux on loan”

Daily Star: “Yaya Sanogo is off to Aston Villa, Crystal Palace or Sunderland”

Daily Mirror:  Yaya Sanogo in January is off to Aston Villa

The Guardian: Sanogo is off to Palace

 

Carvalho:

Daily Star: “The Gunners are submitting a £25.5m bid for 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho”

 

McCarthy:

Irish Indy: Arsene Wenger wants Everton midfielder James McCarthy

 

Podolski takes the selfie to Milan:

Daily Telegraph: “Lukas Podolski will join Inter Milan on loan in the next couple of days”

 

Suarez – finally!

Daily Telegraph: “Arsenal close in on Atletico Madrid’s Mario Suarez”

 

Edinson Cavani (yeah, as if):

Daily Telegraph: “Gunners lead chase for Edinson Cavani”

Daily Express: “Edinson Cavani looks set to move to England at the end of the season. Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal are hoping to land him for £62m.”

 

Watch Loris:

Daily Mirror: “Arsenal are lining up a bid for young German keeper Loris Karius from Mainz”

 

Gundogan:

Daily Express: “BORUSSIA DORTMUND are ready to listen to offers for Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool also interested.”

 

Teddy Bishop:

The Sun: “Arsenal are set to pip Manchester United to Ipswich’s £10m-rated 18-year-old midfielder Teddy Bishop.”

 

Today’s Transfer Balls count: Players in – 7; Players out – 2.

Posted: 3rd, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls – Arsenal: £62m for Carvani, £20m for Carvalho and A Defensive Priority

Trasnfger balls: who is Arsenal’s No.1 priority this January?

Daily Star: “Arsenal eye Man Utd target Aymeric Laporte as an alternative to Mats Hummels… a new defender the number one priority in January

The Guardian: “Arsène Wenger to make Arsenal midfield a priority in transfer window

Daily Mirror: “Arsenal’s priority is a defender with Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk and Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar also on their watch list.”

Irish Indy: “Arsene Wenger is actively trying to sign a new centre-back for Arsenal early in the January transfer window, with Saint Etienne captain Loic Perrin having emerged as a viable option… Central midfield is less of a priority

The Mail says Wenger is to bid £20 for Portugal midfielder William Carvalho. And the Indy says £20m is the Gunners’ entire budget. So. Cue the Daily Star:

Arsene Wenger discusses Arsenal’s £62m BID for Liverpool and Man Utd target Edinson Cavani

Such are the facts…

Posted: 30th, December 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsaenal Balls: The ‘real’ reason Sanchez chose Gunners over Liverpool is…

So. Why did Alexis Sanchez choose to play for Arsenal? The Daily Star has the truth. The headline declares:

Arsene Wenger reveals the REAL REASON why Alexis Sanchez chose Arsenal over Liverpool

What is the real reason. We thought it was a combination of money, London and Champions’ League football.

Paul Brown writes:

ARSENE WENGER claims Alexis Sanchez chose Arsenal over Liverpool because only the Gunners could match his Champions League ambitions.

Is that what Wenger said? No. He said:

“Transfers at that level take always time to get every detail right, so because it takes time, you think always that somebody else can come in – PSG, Bayern Munich. We met his agent in Brazil a few times and talked about the transfer. In Europe we did it with Barcelona. Once we got the decision he would like to join us we were happy. He had maybe not had number of games he wanted at Barcelona and I tried to convince him I could help him develop the quality of his game, that the way we play would suit him.”

But what is the ‘REAL REASON” Sanchez joined Arsenal. Brown has failed to deliver on the headline.

Over on Arsenal.com, Wenger says:

“I don’t know why he has chosen us and not anybody else, but we are very happy that he has done that.”

Such are the facts…

Posted: 20th, December 2014 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal v Ireland: The best… and worst of Thierry Henry

EVERYONE is queueing up to pay tribute to Thierry Henry, who announced his retirement from football today.

In his time at Arsenal alone, his stats were preposterously great. For the Gunners, he bagged a whopping 175 Premier League goals, and during his time there, he found the back of the net every 122 minutes. He also landed two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Community Shields, was part of the Invicibles, won four Golden Boots, hit 226 goals in all competitions, chipped in with over a century of assists and everyone kinda fancied him.

Not bad for a player who Arsene Wenger signed as a winger.

If you include the rest of his career, where he played for Monaco, Barcelona, Juventus and New York Red Bulls, Thierry managed to score 360 club goals in 792 games and bagged 51 goals in 123 matches for France.

His colleagues have been quick to tip praise all over him. Cesc Fabregas tweeted: “Sad to see the end to the career of one of the best players I’ve ever played with. A true legend.” Mesut Ozil said: “Once you enchanted all of us – now I can only say: Thanks for everything!”

Jamie Carragher added: “Defenders everywhere will be breathing a sigh of relief that he has hung his boots up. He was certainly the toughest opponent I ever faced and possibly the best player the Premier League has seen. I would have loved him to be on the same team as me during my playing career.”

With all that taken into account, let us look at some of the best (and worst) of Thierry Henry’s career!

Henry’s Finest Moment

For everything Henry has done, he’ll never top this photo of himself with a boombox.

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Volley versus Manchester United

Possibly Henry’s most famous goal. Certainly one of the best goals ever scored on English soil.

Henry’s hat-trick against Liverpool

Henry could pretty much do everything, but his second goal in his famous hat-trick against Liverpool takes some beating.

Henry sees red

Thierry was no wimp and could throw himself around if needed. In the World Cup in 2002, he was Sent off for a late tackle against Uruguay during France’s disappointing tournament.

Barca Belter!

Henry wasn’t too shabby at Barcelona, winning the Champion’s League with them. His goal against Celtic is one of his best in the famous shirt.

Henry Stateside

When in the USofA, Thierry didn’t stop being brilliant and getting fans out of their seats. He scored a number of great goals, but our favourite is his effort against FC Dallas.

The Hand of Frog

Henry’s handball against Ireland in the World Cup play-off saw France on the plane to South Africa. The Irish were heartbroken and the thing that hurt most was the fact it was one of the most loved players on the planet who cheated an underdog out of the game.

Immortal

How much do Arsenal love Titi? So much so, that they unveiled a bronze statue of him outside the Emirates Stadium. Weeks later, Henry returned to play for The Gunners during their 125th anniversary celebrations for a couple of months.

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The King of Madrid

Trying to win at Real Madrid is difficult enough, but Henry popped up to score an inspired winner for a famous Arsenal victory in Spain!

The Comeback Goal

When Henry returned to Arsenal, he knew how to make a proper comeback. Getting behind the Leeds’ defence, he smoothly knocked the ball into the back of the net and the Gooners went properly wild. Magical moment.

Va Va Voom

Most footballers do advertisements that make you want to die. Not Thierry Henry. He suavely said “Hey! Bobby! What’s the French for Va Va Voom!” and played jazz drums with Animal from The Muppets. Brilliant.

Posted: 16th, December 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


WOOF! Watch Aaron Ramsey’s sublime stike against Galatasaray

Arsenal fans calling for Arsene Wenger’s head. The naysayers who want Wenger out. The doom merchants and plastic fans who crave only success and weep and wail when they don’t get it. Piers Morgan.

This is not for you.

For all true Gooners who know that pain is part of the journey towards elation, cop a load of this refulgent strike by the wonderful Aaron Ramsey.

 

Posted: 9th, December 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: fans who want Wenger sacked should support Spurs or godless Chelsea

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not going to be sacked, and certainly not dismissed mid-season. Any sane Arsenal supporter with half a memory should concede that Wenger’s Arsenal are a big improvement on much of what went before. The level of expectation should tell them that.

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Posted: 8th, December 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: Alexis Sanchez on life, loves and being tough

Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal’s tireless Chilean, is talking to The Times’  Rory Smith. Sanchez is tough. The old story about foreigners not liking it up them is bunkum.

On the Christmas truck:

“I would run after them with all the other kids. It was people from the council on the truck. They would throw caramellos, sweets, and games. I always wished they would throw a football. That was what I wanted. I said to myself when I was young that one day, if I ever had the chance, I would do the same, but instead of sweets, I would throw footballs.”

And he does. When he returns to his native Tocopilla, he tosses out sweets and many footballs.

On fame:

“In my head, I do not feel like a famous person. I am just normal, no different to someone in the street. I am just a kid who happens to play football. Maybe one day that will change, I will mature [into something else], but at the moment that is what I am, who I am, and I like it. When I play, I don’t think about how much I cost. I just try to enjoy myself like it is the first match I ever played.”

On football:

“When I was younger, I played football on the streets, on a scrap of land, wherever I could. I had to apologise to the neighbours a few times for breaking windows, like all kids. Quite a few times, actually. We did not have a pitch or goalposts or anything like that. We would put down two rocks and that was the goal. There was just the ground and the ball. It did not bother me not to have proper boots or a good pitch. It was enough to be with my friends and to be playing. It is no different now. I do not mind where I play. I just love playing…”

Read it all.

 

Posted: 6th, December 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Get Chelsea Reject Reus, Who Agreed To Join Barcelona, Manchester United And Real Madrid

The Daily Express says Mrco Reus is heading to the Premier League. He’s coming to Liverpool. No, Arsenal. No, wait, Manchester United. He’s not going to Real Madrid.

Real Madrid have no first refusal option over Marco Reus, leaving the door wide open for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder to move to the Premier League.

Odd. Because the Express has previously told readers that…

Reus is off to Real Madrid. Arsenal and Manchester United can forget it…

 

 

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Reus is off to Barcelona. Manchester United have lost out…

 

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Reus is staying at Dortmund. Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are crushed…

 

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But Chelsea were delighted…

 

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Reus was then snubbed by Chelsea…

 

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And then on December 1, the Express said the Chelsea move was on…

Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea have been handed a timely boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus.

And Manchester United are going to buy Reus in the summer…

 

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Such are the fact in the Daily Express

 

Posted: 3rd, December 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Wenger and the title dream ‘deadline’

Arsenal Balls: The Daily Express’ football reporting is laughably poor. Arsenal manager Arsenal Wenger said he hoped to make Arsenal Premier League contenders. Wenger has a new three-year contract.

Sky Sports listens and says: Wenger wants Arsenal to compete for the title.

 

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The Telegraph says: Wenger said Arsenal will win the title inside tree years.

 

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But the pick of the balls is with the Express, which says: Two years to win the league.

 

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More talking balls every day…

Posted: 3rd, December 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0