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Transfer Balls: Arsenal Endure Feast And Famine In The Daily Mirror

TRANSFER Balls has a quick look at the kind of to-deadline exclusive churned out by the Daily Mirror:


Andy Dunn  has words of doom and gloom to Arsenal fans:


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Posted: 7th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Alexis Sanchez Move To Arsenal Is An Undone ‘Done Deal’

TRANSFER Balls – Anorak’s regular look at speculation and rumour being presented as fact in the mainstream press. Today the Daily Mail leads with news that Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez is on his way to Arsenal.



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Simon Jones writes:

Arsenal have agreed a £34million deal in principle with Barcelona for Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez but Barcelona are waiting to see if Juventus can match the offer.

The Metro has similar news, only it does that neat trick of altering the fee to stand out as a unique story on the search engines:




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The Mirror reads the round-up of figures and opts for the more circumspect:

Mirror Sport understands a deal hasn’t been completed yet, but the Gunners are working to agree a fee with Barcelona.

So. The consensus is that Sanchez is a Gooner.

Well, not quite.

On July 2, the Express told us:

Liverpool to bank Alexis Sanchez as Barcelona jet in for Luis Suarez deal

And on June 25, the Express reported:

LIVERPOOL have already completed the signing of Chile’s Barcelona star, and Arsenal and Manchester United target, Alexis Sanchez…

So said Phil Thompson, who told one and all:

“Just yesterday I heard things from people, newspaper guys who are very close to the ground at Liverpool, saying that the Sanchez deal was actually done.”

Oh, and in case any Arsenal fans are feeling happy at the news, the Independent notes:


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So. No deal done…yet…

Such are the facts…


Posted: 7th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Barcelona Begin Alexis Sanchez Auction As Arsenal, Liverpool And Manchester United Check His Teeth

TRANSFER Balls: Is Alexis Sanchez heading from Barcelona to… Liverpool? Let’s see what the trusty media have been saying today:

The Daily Express says Sanchez is Liverpool bound:

Liverpool to bank Alexis Sanchez as Barcelona jet in for Luis Suarez deal

It’s a banker. Bookmakers in Malasia are paying out. But wait a moment. The Daily Mail says the player is not keen on the move.

Alexis Sanchez would prefer Arsenal to Liverpool despite Barcelona wanting to use him as part of Luis Suarez deal

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Posted: 2nd, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Loving Sanchez Joins Liverpool Who Sell Sterling To Real Madrid And Suarez To Barcelona

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TRANSFER Balls – a regular look to-dealine rumours and anonymous sources presnted as news in the mainstream media. The Independent says that Alexi Sanchez could be on his way to the Premier League:

Alexis Sanchez transfer latest: Arsenal and Liverpool to step up battle for Barcelona star

How do we know they will?

Among those linked with the player are Premier League duo Liverpool and Arsenal.

Of course, this is Transfer Balls – ome aim of which is for the media to link every top player with as many leading Premier League clubs as possible – so the Express adds:

Alexis Sanchez PREFERS Arsenal to Liverpool and Manchester United

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Posted: 30th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Mario Balotelli Plays Joins Manchester United’s Hernandez In Newlook Arsenal Front 5

TRANSFER Balls: A round-up of Mario Balotelli news in the scoop-to-deadline mainstream media:

The Guardian has news:

‘Replaceable’ Mario Balotelli could leave Milan, says agent

Could. Maybe. Any other news?

Striker’s agent says: ‘Mario is sad, desperate’

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Posted: 27th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Mario Balotelli Could Play In Defence For Arsenal



TRANSFER Balls: The maisntream media have been linking Mario Balotelli with move to Arsenal. The player hasn’t said a word. Have Arsenal?

Today the Metro says the Gunners have:

Mario Balotelli to Arsenal is pure invention, says Arsene Wenger

News being:

When quizzed over the speculation, Wenger told beIN Sports World Cup show that it was ‘pure invention’.

Invented by..? Well, two days earlier the, er, Metro announced:

Arsene Wenger to meet with Mario Balotelli’s agent to discuss Arsenal transfer

One day later, the Metro had more news:

Arsenal want to sign Mario Balotelli by July 10 to star in Puma kit launch


Arsenal want to complete a deal to sign Mario Balotelli from AC Milan before July 10th – so he can feature in their new kit launch.

It’s left to the Mirror to sum up the facts:

Mario Balotelli could return to the Premier League next season

He could. Just as Wenger could pick himself to play up front. Or pick Mario to play in defence.

He could.

More Transfer Balls every day…

Posted: 25th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Make Balotelli Captain Of Their All-Star A-Team

TRANSFER Balls highlights the sterling work of the Daily Express’ Ben Jeffersen, who writes:

…Chelsea and Arsenal will join the Red Devils in the race for Gonzalo Higuain… Arsenal eye a plan B if they fail to sign Mario Balotelli.

So. Arsenal’s Plan A is to sign Mario Balotelli and Plan B is to sign Gonzalo Higuain. And let us not forget the Sun’s news that the Argentine already plays for the Gunners:


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Posted: 20th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Arsenal To Sign Gonzalo Higuain (Just Like They Did Last Year)

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TRANSFER Balls: it’s been a busy Press for Arsenal’s search for a top striker. So far, the trusty mainstream Press has had Arsenal signing Carlos Vela, Loic Remy, looking at Hulk, Antoine Griezmann, Mari Mandzukic, Karim Benzema, and have bid for Mario Balotelli.

And so to today’s news, brought to you in the trusty Daily Express:

GONZALO HIGUAIN could be on his way to Arsenal…

Gonzalo Higuain has hinted he could be leaving Napoli, with Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United all interested.

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Posted: 17th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Get Three Manchester United Players For Thomas Vermaelen

TRANSFER Balls: Having reported that Arsenal ‘lifer’ Thomas Vermaelen has committed his future to the Gunners and agreed to join Manchester United, the media looks for a new angle:

The Daily Mirror reports:

Arsene Wenger could look for a part-exchange deal with Manchester United over Thomas Vermaelenwrites John Cross.


The Arsenal boss has been keeping tabs on Tom Cleverley and also has an interest in Chris Smalling.

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Posted: 17th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Buy Mario Balotelli Without Ever Speaking To Him Or AC Milan

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TRANSFER Balls: We begin with the Mirror’s news on Mario Balotelli:

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal are ready to pay around £25m for AC Milan’s ex-Man City striker Mario Balotelli.


Ex-Man City striker was Italy’s World Cup match-winner against England last weekend but AC Milan want to get him off their wage bill

So. Arsenal might bid for the player? There are no quotes from anyone around AC Milan, Arsenal or the player. That’s an exclusive?

The Daily Star says the Gunners already have bid for him:

Arsenal launch stunning £25m move for AC Milan bad-boy Mario Balotelli

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Posted: 17th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Thomas Vermaelen Says He Will Never Leave Arsenal As He Agrees To Join Manchester United

TRANSFER BALLS: The Telegraph says Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen has agreed a deal to join Manchester United this summer. The Belgian will earn £100,000 a week for five years – £30,000-a-week more than his current salary.

This is about as shocking as seeing the Pope in a funny hat. But to the Express it is shocking.

Manchester United make SHOCK move for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen

Back in August, the Metro quoted the injury-prone Belgian:

Thomas Vermaelen tells Arsenal: I want out

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Posted: 16th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Chelsea Balls: ‘Arsenal Fan’ Cesc Fabregas Discovers That Everyone Hates Him



SO. CESC Fabregas the man with Barcelona “DNA” and Arsenal in his heart has joined Chelsea. Good for him. But no-one really likes him. He is just about the most disloyal player on the market.

Reaction to the move been noisy. It seems that Fabregas can’t do right by anyone (except his bank manager).

The Times says he’s upset Chelsea fans:

Cesc Fàbregas risks Chelsea anger after revealing Arsenal regrets

Cesc Fàbregas risked angering fans of his new club after completing a move to Chelsea for £29.5 million last night when he appeared to regret being denied the chance of a return to Arsenal.

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Posted: 15th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comments (4)

Arsenal Balls: Wenger Said Fabregas Would Join The Gunners in 2017

ARSENAL Balls. In January 2013, Arsene Wenger told us about Cesc Fabregas:

“I’m not convinced that he won’t come back here one day. He is really an Arsenal man. He loves Arsenal and watches every game of Arsenal. But of course Barcelona was his home town where he grew up and you have to accept that will come into it, especially with them having the best team in the world. [Fábregas would not come back] in the next two, three years, certainly not, because he is linked with Barcelona. But maybe later.”

Next season Fabregas The Gooner can watch Arsenal games up close – for at least two of them (against Chelsea) he’ll most likely be on the same pitch…

Posted: 14th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comments (2)

Transfer Balls: Arsenal At World Cup To See Mandzukic, Benzema And Balotelli Playing Badly

TRANSFER Balls: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is in Brazil to chat for French TV. Now read on…

Matt Law in the Daily Telegraph tells us why Wenger is there:

Arsenal manager arrives for World Cup 2014 in Brazil armed with shopping list of potential strikers…

Arsenal are planning to sign at least one striker and Mandzukic is high on Wenger’s list of targets, which also includes Karim Benzema and Mario Balotelli who are also at the World Cup with France and Italy.

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Posted: 12th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Woo Fabregas Who Passes Chelsea Medical Twice

TRANSFER Balls with the Daily Fabregas – Anorak’s look at today’s reporting on the Barcelona player.

TalkSport cites the Daily Mirror:

Arsenal are passing up their right of first refusal to buy Fabregas back, as they feel they have greater priorities elsewhere…

That’s TalkSport, the organ that told its readers on June 5:


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The Daily Star has other news:

EXCLUSIVE: Manchester United end hunt for ex-Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas

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Posted: 12th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Fabregas Goes Full House Hunting In Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool And Manchester

FOR some days Anorak has been bringing you the Daily Farbregas, an offshoot of our Transfer Balls (TB) round-ups. The aim in in TB is for all the mainstream Press to link the top players with each of the top English clubs. Facts matters not. If a source says Fabregas is off to Manchester City, the story gets written.

Guillem Balague has picked up the Balls that Fabregas is set to play for Chelsea, (for whom one paper says he’s already signed Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United and tweets:


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Posted: 11th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Want Fabregas For £35m But Cheslea Get Him For Much Less



TRANSFER Balls: It’s the Daily Fabregas, a round-up of expert views in the media.

The Daily Express says that Cesc is not yet a Blues player because  – get his – billionaire sugar daddy Roman Abromaovich is worried about a £1million:

Chelsea’s move for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is being held up because Roman Abramovich doesn’t want to see any of the fee go to Premier League rivals Arsenal.

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Posted: 11th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Not-For-Sale Marco Reus Rejects Manchester United For Barcelona And Arsenal, Maybe




TRANSFER Balls: How’s the summer been treating Marco Reus? Well. He’s out of the World Cup with an injury. But what about afterwards? Is he leaving Borussia Dortmund?

June 10, Daily Mirror: “Manchester United transfer rumours: Barcelona in for Marco Reus but Dortmund holding firm”

According to reports in Spanish daily Sport, United’s hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus could be scuppered by Barcelona.


It’s reckoned that the attacker – who will miss the World Cup through injury – has agreed personal terms over a move to Camp Nou.


Stella reporting from, the Mirror, there.

Can the Daily Star do better? Also today, is report:

He’s staying! Borussia Dortmund KO Manchester United’s hopes of signing Marco Reus

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Posted: 10th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Messi Heads To Chelsea As Arsenal Man Fabregas Spins In Manchester United’s Revolting Door



TRANSFER Balls – with the Daily Fabregas.

The summer’s story so far: Fabregas has  joined Chelsea (Daily Star) for £30m (Express) in a “done deal” (TalkSport); Chelsea don’t really want him (Irish Indy); he wants to play for Arsenal who do want him (The Sun); has agreed to join Manchester United (Express), who don’t want him (Mail) ; is wanted by Manchester City, who are “clear favourites” to sign him (Telegraph); but might join Liverpool (Mail).  Oh, and in July 2013, Farbegas joined Manchester United (Daily Express) in a “secret meeting” – so secret no-one told Fabregas who carried on playing for Barcelona.

Now to today’s news:

Daily Star: “Arsenal legend Martin Keown not surprised by Arsene Wenger’s Cesc Fabregas snub”

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Posted: 10th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Alvaro Morata Is Free To Arsenal, Spurs And Manchester United After Signing For Juventus

TRANSFER Balls: A look at Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata in the British Press.

Today the Sun tells readers:

ARSENAL have been handed a massive transfer boost with the news that Alvaro Morata is free to leave Real Madrid.


Arsene Wenger has been hot on the heels of the Spanish Under-21 youngster for six months. And now the Gunners have been given the green light to make a move after Real boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed the club are happy to sanction the whizkid’s exit.

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Posted: 9th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1)

Transfer Balls: Arsenal And Barcelona Deal Means Chelsea Miss Out On Fabregas



TRANSFER Balls – in association with the Daily Fabregas, a look at reporting on the Barcelona player.

The Daily Telegraph says Chelsea aren’t all that keen on giving Arsenal money:

Arsenal could miss out on Cesc Fabregas payment in Chelsea transfer deal with Barcelona

They could?

Jose Mourinho’s team would prefer not to pay their Premier League rivals a percentage of any fee should they agree to sign the Spanish midfielder

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Posted: 9th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comments (2)

Transfer Balls: Lorenzo Insigne Will Join Arsenal If… Can You Guess?

TRANSFER Balls: The Press is talking about Lorenzo Insigne heading to Arsenal from Napoli. TalkSport calls him “Italy’s Messi” He must be good.

The Mirror reports:

[Agent] Antonio Ottaiano has declared: “We take into account the praising reports that Wenger has given about the player. We are honoured that a club like Arsenal could have Lorenzo on their wish list. I don’t see that there can be any further developments unless Arsenal speak to Napoli directly and Napoli change their view on Lorenzo’s role here.”

Well, quite. This just sound like an agent talking loudly in public.

But the Metro says:

Arsenal to make £17million Lorenzo Insigne bid – if he impresses at World Cup

The Mirror does as it always does and leads with a question:

Arsenal to buy Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne after the World Cup?

This can be summed up: No. Betteridge’s law of headlines is an adage that states: “Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.”

And then the Star chip in with news that the story is balls:

Arsenal will have to move mountains to if they want sign Napoli ace Lorenzo Insigne

Does moving a mountain cost just £17m?

More Transfer Balls every day.

Posted: 8th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

World Cup Balls: Spurs Makeweight Andros Townsend Gives Arsenal And England Fans A Good Laugh



WORLD Cup Balls presents the wisdom of Spurs’ player Andros Townsend, now ‘writing’ for the Sun:

MISSING out on a World Cup is the most devastating thing in football. And it is good news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should only sit out the opener against Italy.

As there is nothing more painful in the game than getting sidelined for the world’s biggest tournament.

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Posted: 6th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports, Spurs | Comments (6)

Transfer Balls: Fabregas Wants Arsenal Who Want Him To Play For Chelsea

TRANSFER Balls – more news from the Daily Fabreags. Following the Daily Star and TalkSports‘ “exclusive” news that Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas has passed a medical and signed for Chelsea, the Mirror today tells its readers that, er, he hasn’t:


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So. Jose Mourinho is “interested” in Fabregas. Well, so too as ManCity, Manchester United, Liverpool and Zenit St Petersburg , according to the Press.

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Posted: 6th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Agent Fabregas Joins Chelsea To Help Arsenal

TRASNFER Balls: The Daily Fabregas.

Th story do far: the Barcelona player has been linked with moves for Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. It’s a Transfer Balls Royal Flush: all the big clubs covered with not a single fact to support the links.

Now read on…

June 5, 2013, BBC: “Cesc Fabregas: Arsenal not pursuing Barcelona midfielder”

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Posted: 5th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment