Anorak

Arsenal | Anorak - Part 30

Arsenal Category

Transfer Balls: Who’ll Never Guess Whose Having A Medical At Arsenal

TRANSFER Balls: From news of the sublime Edinson Cavani heading to Arsenal, comes news that the Gunners have all but agreed to sign… Nikola Zigic. The very tall striker is undergoing a medical at the Emirates.

This news from Zigic’s native Serbia has been picked up by the Mirror and the Sun.

Zigic is a 6’7 barely mobile mast who was released by Birmingham City.

If this move happens – and that if is bigger than Zigic’s noggin – it will be the shock transfer of the season…

 

Posted: 27th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Weigh Up Cavani Against Benzema

TRANSFER Balls: The Express leads with the news that Arsenal are lining up a £50m move for Paris St-Germain star and Manchester United target Edinson Cavani.

Anthony Chapman has news:

…according to reports in France, Wenger is determined to sign Cavani before the end of the window, with a £50million bid believed to be in the works.

What reports in France, he doesn’t say. If only there were a way of linking stories to their sources on a world wide web.

We found talk that Cavani is off to Arsenal if PSG can secure Benzema from Real Madrid.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 27th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Buying Just Three Strikers To Replace Giroud

Screen shot 2014-08-26 at 15.00.05

 

TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Express has sensational news for Arsenal fans. The Gunners are not buying one striker. Nor buying two strikers. They are buying three strikers. This will leave them with NINE strikers (not including the others – ed).

As Arsene Wenger told us:

“We have [Yaya] Sanogo who will be an important asset, we have Giroud, we have Lukas Podolski, we have Joel Campbell who can play centre forward. We have Alexis [Sanchez] and [Theo] Walcott coming back. Let’s not forget that.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 26th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United Get Arturo Vidal For £10m Less Than Arsenal Bid

MANCHESTER United have moved to buy Artuo Vidal, the Chilean midfielder. The fee is a £34m plus one Mexican striker namely Javier Hernández  (Guardian) or  £31.8m (Independent). Vidal, the Juventus skipper – they are the Italian champions – must be overjoyed to be heading to Manchester United, England’s seventh-best team.

But, then, the Belfast Telegraph calls Vidal “fragile”, which is a comment on his right knee rather then his mind. The Indy says that knee is so dodgy any move “may require a complex, appearance-based contract”.

Back in Manchester, United manager Louis Van Gaal is talking players:

“I cannot say anything about transfers and you have to understand that. When a transfer is finished, then we say anything. But now you have to wait and see. If the moment is there Manchester United shall announce it. But it is not only Di Maria. Maybe Vidal or Messi. We are a big club.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 26th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Get Cerci, Benatia, Khedira And A Headache

CErci Arsenal

TRANSFER Balls: With the football Transfer Season coming to an end, the media experts have taken out their scatterguns and aimed them at Arsenal. In the past 24 hours, Arsenal have been linked with the following players:

The Metro says Arsenal want Alessio Cerci

The Star says Arsenal want to buy Atletico Madrid’s Toby Alderweireld

The Mirror says Arsenal want Wolfsburg’s Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo

 The Mirror says Arsenal want West Ham’s Winston Reid

The Metro says Arsenal want Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho

The Star says Arsenal are chasing Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 26th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: Manchester United’s Wellbeck, Remy, Podolski And Radamel Falcao’s Futures Rest On Giroud’s Ankle

ARSENAL Balls: how football reporting works with the Telegraph’s Matt Law. He’s looking at Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.

 

Screen shot 2014-08-25 at 18.50.42

 

In an “EXCLUSIVE”, Law writes:

Arsenal could be forced into late transfer window move for striker after Olivier Giroud injures ankle

Could.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 25th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Beat Manchester United, Sunderland And Spurs For Everton’s Kostas Manolas

TRANSFER Balls: Arsenal are being linekd with a move for Olympiacos defender Kostas Manolas. Is  there any truth in it? After all, in 2013, the Star said Manolas was being watched by Newcastle.  That followed the Star’s September 2013 news that “Tottenham, Sunderland and Fulham targeting Greek defender Kostas Manolas”.

The source for the Star’s scoops was Gazzetta.gr, a site that said Manolas was on his way to Juventus in a done deal (August 8) and heading to Roma (March 2012).

Numerb of quotes from anyone connected to thsoe clubs: nil.

Also in 2010, Manolas was an Everton player.

 

Screen shot 2014-08-25 at 15.34.21

 

So. What now for the Greek player?

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 25th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Get Khedira Before Chelsea And Manchester United Turn Down Angel Di Maria

IS Sami Khedira heading to Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United? Transfer Balls investigates what the media experts have been reporting on the Real Madrid player.

August 23:

The Daily Mail announces:

Sami Khedira could be heading for Bayern Munich, as he misses Real Madrid’s Spanish Super Cup clash to watch his brother play in Germany

So. German goes to Germany. Read all about it! Did Khedira met with Bayern Munich? No.

But Charlie Eccleshare has more facts:

…it is unclear whether Bayern’s manager Pep Guardiola is interested in the World Cup winning midfielder.

By “unclear”, he means ‘I have no idea’. But.,.

Sportsmail understands that Khedira is not Guardiola’s first choice for the central midfield position, which could put the breaks on the deal.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 23rd, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud Passes To Edinson Cavani On The Way Out

TRANSFER Balls: Are Arsenal looking to get shot of Olivier Giroud, their main striker?

The Metro screams:

Arsenal to offer PSG £32million plus Olivier Giroud for Edinson Cavani transfer

The Metro’s annoucnemnt is based on a single report by a website called Sport.fr. It reports:

Giroud, the perfect signing for Paris

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 22nd, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Sell Lukas Podolski As Khedira Arrives And Buy Douglas Costa Who Likes AC Milan

TRANSFER Balls: The Sun leads with news that Arsenal are ready to sell Lukas Podolski to Galatasaray. Is the German going to be taking selfies in Istanbul?

 

Screen shot 2014-08-21 at 09.06.59

 

German tabloid Bild agrees. Podolski’s agent, Nassim Touihri, tells the paper:

“There have always been questions. Now we have a concrete interest from some teams. Lukas is in London, and he feels good.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 21st, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Mario Balotelli To Liverpool Makes A Liar of Brenadan Rodgers

TRANSFER Balls: Having been linked with amove to Arsenal, is AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli on his way to…Liverpool?

Italian site MediaSet says Liverpool have made a £17.5m bid for former Manchester City striker. No sources are quoted in the story. But it’s enough for the Star to run with it:

 

Screen shot 2014-08-20 at 12.34.02

 

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 20th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal And Spurs Battle It Out For The Player Neither Wanted

TRANSFER Balls: A look at football rumours being passed off as fact by the mainstream press. Let’s look at how much Arsenal and Spurs want the titchy Brazilian called Bernard.

The Daily Express has news:

Arsenal and Tottenham on alert with Brazilian starlet Bernard set for loan move

Ben Jefferson adds:

ARSENAL and Tottenham are on alert after Shaktar Donetsk revealed plans to try and send Bernard out on loan this season.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 18th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Sami Khedira Wants Arsenal, Teases Chelsea And Moves To Bayern Munich

TRANSFER Balls: The reporting on Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira. Is he heading to Arsenal? Chelsea? Anywhere? All these facts are from today’s media:

The Metro says the German World Cup winner is available for £8m.

 

Screen shot 2014-08-17 at 22.08.25

 

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 17th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls Royal Flush: Edinson Cavani Wants Manchester United But Heads To Arsenal

TRANSFER Balls: Is Edinson Cavani coming to the Premier League? And if he is, which club badge will he be kissing?

The Daily Express has a truly epic headline that takes in no fewer than four of the top five English teams:

Arsenal to gazump Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea with £51m bid for PSG star Edinson Cavani

 

 

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 09.51.29

 

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 14th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Samuel Eto’o Heads To Liverpool Via Arsenal, Everton, Ajax, Inter Milan And Sunderland

TRANSFER Balls: Is Samuel Eto’o heading to Liverpool? What about Arsenal, Everton, Ajax, Inter Milan or Sunderland?

The Sun says he might be.

 

Screen shot 2014-08-12 at 08.42.54

 

The Sun’s story is an “exclusive” – that you can also read in the Daily Star:

 

Screen shot 2014-08-12 at 08.43.11

 

The Star says “Liverpool have yet to make a formal approach for Eto’o”.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 12th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: The Independent Gets Arsenal News From Wikipedia

ONCE upon a time a journalist’s job was to find answers. Now it’s just about asking questions to get clicks. Take this balls from the Independent, which added a new low to the media bilge about Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen making a move to Manchester United. (More on that here.)

 

Independent newspaper arsenal

 

Posted: 11th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United Sign Mats Hummels And Lose Him To Arsenal

TRANSFER Balls: Is Mats Hummels leaving Germany for the Premier League? The media hasn’t a clue. But that hasn’t stopped hacks stating rumour, speculation and utter balls as facts.

 

July 21

The Daily Express says Hummels has agreed to join Manchester United. The fee is £16m.

 

Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 08.03.30

 

 

August 8

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 11th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Thomas Vermaelen Agreed To Leave Arsenal For Manchester United (Via Barcelona)

TRANSFER Balls: How the media covered the transfer of Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger was the subject of the April 2013 Daily Mail statement:

We won’t sell any more players to United after RVP, insists Arsenal boss Wenger

But on June 16, the tabloid-style Telegraph told its readers:

Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 14.16.00

Then Sky Sports stated that Manchester United were favourites to sign the Belgian:

Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 19.03.05

 

And the Belgian wanted United:

Sky sources have revealed that United are Vermaelen’s preferred destination and the Old Trafford club will have no problem matching or beating Barca’s offer.

And the Mirror had beaten Wenger and scored his “dream move” to Old Trafford:

 

Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 19.07.12

 

And then the news broke.

 

 

thomas

 

The BBC noted:

Barcelona have completed the £15m signing of Arsenal’s Belgium international defender Thomas Vermaelen on a five-year contract. The 28-year-old passed a medical on Saturday and was presented to fans and media at the Nou Camp on Sunday after finalising the deal. “Coming to Barcelona is a dream move – it wasn’t a difficult decision at all,” the centre-back said.

Looks like he got his dream move after all – just not to the club the British Press reported…

Posted: 10th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Adrian Durham’s Devotion To Arsenal Sets The Benchmark For True Gunners Everywhere

The Daily Arsenal: a case study in obsessional fandom

Why Adrian Durham’s devotion to the North London club sets the benchmark for true Gunners everywhere.

 
Durham1

Listeners to talkSPORT – the national radio station that pumps out sing-along ads for builders’ merchants 24/7 from a ketchup-stained studio on south London – will know that surly Drivetime anchor Adrian Durham has redefined the terms ‘troll’ and ‘shock jock’ to the point where neither really does him justice any more.

A troll tends to pick on one victim and stalk them in cyberspace. Durham’s prey is an entire football club and its employees and supporters, whom he has been winding up on a regular basis for several years.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 9th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls Full House: Marco Reus Joins Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool And Man City

TRANSFER Balls: A regular look at rumour and speculation being passed off as fact in the media. So, is Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus heading to the Premier League? As ever, the media contest is to link every top player with every top English club.

 Daily Mirror, December 26, 2013:

Manchester United target Marco Reus will cost £40m… Midfielder Reus had a £29.4m buy-out clause in his contract at Borussia Dortmund. But it is understood the situation has changed since Bayern Munich activated a similar clause to snatch Mario Gotze last summer.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 26th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Sami Khedira Signed For Arsenal On Deadline Day

TRANSFER Balls: A regular look at rumour and utter balls being passed off as breaking football news in the media. Today we look at news on Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.

The Metro, July 24:

Sami Khedira is still hopeful of sealing a move to Arsenal this summer despite suggestions that the Gunners have given up trying to sign him.

The Metro does not say how it knows Khedira is hopeful, only that he is. The paper’s ability to read minds is famed.

But over in the Express, the German’s hopes of playing for the Gunners turn to disappointment:

Arsene Wenger is ready to abandon his pursuit of Sami Khedira, Morgan Schneiderlin and Lars Bender. The Arsenal boss is considering deploying Jack Wilshere in a midfield holding role next season.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 25th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Sign Sami Khedira On The Never Never

IS Sami Khedira leaving Real Madrid to play for Arsenal? Transfer Balls – Anorak’s look at utter bilge presented as fact to news-hungry football fans –  spots news on the website CaugthtOffside. It is an “EXCLUSIVE”:

 

arsenal

 

The new Arsenal player is World Cup winner Sami Khedira.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 21st, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: Kick Mourinho And The Moralisers Out Of Football

JOSE Mourinho says Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is setting children a bad example. The Chelsea manager notes:

“What football players do, millions and millions are watching, lots of kids are watching.”

Well, no. Wilshere was in a hotel pool in Las Vegas. Millions of kids were not watching. One adult paparazzo lens leering at the footballer in his swimmers was.

Mourinho adds that the kids looking in will start thinking…

“…if a top football player can smoke then I can smoke and it is not a problem.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 19th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: Adrian Durham Is Shouting At Pigeons

THE Daily Mail’s Adrian Durham continues his routine attack on Arsenal with a tour de force. Ignoring facts – many of which are stated in his own paper – Durham focuses on three Arsenal players involved for Germany in the World Cup final. Rumours that Durham rehearses his columns by sitting in the shopping   precinct and shouting them at pigeons cannot be ruled out.

This week’s highlights are:

The FA Cup gave the fans a great day out, but seeing Arsenal players win the World Cup is a reality check for Gooners who are letting Wenger get away with it.

After waiting all this time they should demand more. And in fairness to Gooners they do want more. In fact they are so desperate for more, they have hijacked Germany’s World Cup success as some sort of trophy for Arsenal.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 19th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Sami Khedira Agrees Arsenal Move Without His Agent Knowing

TRANSFER Balls: What news in the mainstream media of Real Madrid’s German midfielder Sami Khedira? Let’s look at the Daily Express’ reporting on the player’s move to Arsenal.

Daily Express, June 16 – and Khedira is a Gunner:

 

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 08.56.01

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 17th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0