0742 – Just sang “Roadhouse” by the Doors to my dog Porkchop. Her full name is Porkchop Express and I’m not saying I’ve been everywhere and done everything but a man would have to be some kind of fool to think we’re all alone in this universe.
0745 – It’s being reported that Arsenal sold Ox to LFC for £40m+1. In terms of surrealism this is the melting clock on top of the lobster telephone of transfer deals. Ox was sold in the final 12 months of his Arsenal contract for the release clause that Liverpool refused to honor when Wenger tried to buy Suarez, who wanted to leave England, but who thought that London would be far enough away. Suarez scored 82 goals in 133 appearances for Liverpool. Ox scored 20 in 198.
0751 – Mustafi is staying. So reports the Orn. I guess at least that means Arsenal are no longer after Johnny Evans. Though what happens to Mustafi at this point is unclear. BBC is reporting that Arsenal has also rebuffed several £20m+ bids for Chambers.
0755 – Arsenal.com is running with the headline “My Phone is Red Hot on Transfer Deadline Day” which explains at least partly why Wenger won’t pick up the phone.
0808 – EIGHTOHEIGHT AND HEARTBREAK. I actually haven’t a clue what that means but I did find this brilliant photo on Twitter.
Also, yesterday there was a story going round that Arsenal have no money. The no money story was reported by the Orn. Now today there are reports that Wenger is in Paris to sign Lemar, that Arsenal have told Man City to wait a minute on announcing that they have signed Alexis until Arsenal can announce Lemar. All I know is that the Arse have earned £27m on transfers so far this year. If they sell Alexis for £60m (the reported fee) they could, in theory, spend the £87m on Lemar.
Final thought on all this? If (HUGE IF) Arsenal sign Lemar, Lemar doesn’t fix the two problems Arsenal have at the moment: the Arsenal midfield, and the Arsenal manager. Unless Lemar is some kind of Cazorla replacement and we all just don’t know it.
0816 – The gunner-sore-us image was made by Dangerman on twitter. https://twitter.com/Reubendangerman
0847 – Multiple sources reporting that Arsenal have had a £90m bid accepted from Monaco to transfer Thomas Lemar.
0850 – Multiple sources reporting Lemar doesn’t want to come to Arsenal. Would prefer Liverpool. LOL.
0853 – Guardian reporting that Arsenal have pulled out of the Lemar deal and Arsenal are keeping Alexis Sanchez. Lemar said no, folks. Lemar said no. Smart boy.
0923 – Arsenal’s transfer dealing are done. If anything happens I’ll update this post. Nothing will happen. Go home.
1208 – Lucas Perez goes on loan to Deportivo.
1227 – Teams that have spent less (earned more) than Arsenal on transfers this season: Tottenham, Swansea. (Source: transfermarkt)
1241 – I’m 100% convinced Wenger tried at the end to sign Lemar again today and failed. There are a lot of very trusted reporters who are saying that Arsenal cut a deal with City for Sanchez conditional of getting another player in, there is a lot of evidence that Monaco accepted Arsenal’s bid of £90m for Lemar, there are a lot of trusted reporters saying that Arsene tried to convince Lemar by sending Giroud, Koscielny, and Lacazette to Lemar’s bedroom, and that Lemar still refused. Arsenal also needed to shift Mustafi, who literally wants nothing to do with Arsenal right now, and couldn’t move him because their replacement choice, Jonny Evans turned us down.
Now we are stuck with Alexis who doesn’t want to play for us and who will probably take his foot off the gas toward the end of the season because 1) he’s guaranteed a starting spot for Chile and 2) he won’t want to risk injury. And Arsenal are stuck with Mustafi – who I have publicly called physical coward because he won’t challenge for aerial duels and who goes brain dead all the time – who also doesn’t want to play for Arsenal.
Arsenal fucked this up bad. As bad as they possibly could.