On Suarez & The Transfer Rumour

There is an admirable doggedness about the transfer rumour. No matter the reality that a deal broke down 24 hours previous, supposedly reputable outlets persist in promoting that it can still be completed. That spans its own rumours of other departures and arrivals. A cottage industry spawned from one man.

Or collapsing because the two clubs can’t agree whether the loan deal includes an option to buy or the demand that he be purchased. Or neither in the case Denis Suarez; Arsenal want the former, Barcelona the latter and never the twain shall meet.

Which is handy because The Twain corked it one hundred and nine years ago this April.

So, with Suarez not coming, the weirdly improbable signing of James Rodriguez surely dies out. We’ve got one underperforming attacking midfielder in the squad already unless, of course, we’re losing one attacking midfielder this window…

But that’s not likely. Mesut posed, smiling, next to Unai Emery at the paintballing extravaganza yesterday. We believe it was paintballing because that is what we were told. The photo, however, could easily be a bunch of war-weary, grizzled rebels preparing for the final big battle. The sort of photo that the lead protagonist looks at in some US detective show before realising the murderer was in the picture, smiling as convincingly as the rest.

Meanwhile, back in reality, Aaron Ramsey rues the collapse of the Suarez deal because it means he won’t be moving to Juventus this winter. He’s now got to wait until the summer. Which is a real hardship. Now he’s got to keep the bloated signing-on fee recently negotiated…

No doubt, other ripples in the transfer ocean are as detrimentally affected off the back of these decisions; the butterfly effect and all that.

Yellow Vest, Blues Jeans: The Arsenal Away Kit

Elsewhere, reports claim an Arsenal “loan bid” for Eric Bailly was rejected out of hand by Manchester United. It’s hard to think why the team one place below us on goal difference and our opponents in the fourth round of the FA Cup wouldn’t want to engage in transfer talks with us. They must just be fussy.

Which begs the question of what happens to the rest of the season if/when we don’t sign anyone? Does calamity await or are we poised for a mini-revival of sorts?

We’re at the mercy of the injury gods to some extent. We’ve seen the havoc they wrought across the first half of the season in losing our two best defenders. The quality of our squad is that we can ill-afford any others.

That raises the uncomfortable prospect of us not signing anyone at all this winter. Restricted funds or no, the hierarchy cannot allow that to be the case? This winter has proven the impact of Europa League football on the club’s financial budget.

We can be reassured, however, that there will be funds available in the summer for Unai Emery. There can be no argument with this because Guillem Balague tells us so. Stan might face something rather sterner than gilets jaunes in that instance. Not that he’d notice; he’d probably assume it was the new away kit and everyone was dancing a jig of delight in it.

There is some ‘relief’ for Unai Emery in all this. The non-arrivals are not down to him. That is one cock-up – if it transpires – that will firmly be in the court of others and for that he can raise his glass of rioja in thanks to Arsene.

’til Tomorrow.

28 thoughts on “On Suarez & The Transfer Rumour

  1. Jonnygunner says:

    I was busy yesterday-let someone else have a chance 🙋🏼‍♂️

  2. Norman Englender says:

    You keep hitters not those nails……..

  3. Bill says:

    Great post yogi.

    I have been reading your posts but not really had the time to comment. Best snow here in the mountains for the last several years.

    Regarding suarez I certainly understand why we would hestitate to do a loan which would force us into a permanent deal. We already have hugely underperforming midfield contracts in Ozil and Mkhitaryan. Suarez seems like a similar type player to those 2 and I suspect he is on relatively high wages at Barcelona and would probably require a big contract to sign permanently. Even worse after his total bust at Barcelona he feels to me like the sort of player who would might well turn out to be another underperforming over paid attacking midfielder and we are already filled to the brim with those.

  4. Pete the Thirst says:

    Let’s get this straight:

    Denis Suarez on loan til the end of the season, then £20million transfer.

    He’s got a year left on his contract, was signed for £3million and has played 17 minutes in La Liga this season.

    Not on your Nelly.

  5. Bill says:

    What has happened to Reiss Nelson? He started like an house of fire but he has not scored in a couple months and didn’t make the subs bench in Hoffheims last game. We have seen it hundreds of times at Arsenal so we think its a unique to our system but the adrenaline fueled fast start followed by the return to baseline is not just an Arsene Wenger phenomenon.

  6. consolsbob says:

    Signings, YW?

    Begs the question, who? And another, to play where?

    There are no other rumours still extant, are there?

  7. Dalm says:

    My local council has been approached about a green wheelie bin that shows more nous, composure and mobility than Mustafi – but the £29.99 fee & £2 a month to empty it is the stumbling block

  8. YW says:


    They may have bought him for £3m from Villarreal but they still owe Manchester City money from the original deal in 2013. If he plays one more game, they owe City £1m which is why he hasn’t been in the squad for several weeks.

  9. C says:


    Bill, Barcelona is a completely different level of pressure. Coutinho, one of your favorite players has absolutely flopped with reports of Barca open to him leaving while Dembele has been SUPERB this season scoring goals and creating despite all the outside stuff. Suarez is quality and part of his struggles was the change in manager and the arrival of Artur in midfield and Dembele showing his quality on the flanks. At 25 years old, just because a player struggles at one of the biggeat clubs in world futbol who is EXPECTED to win thr CL and La Lifa every year doesn”t mean he is a flop or not as good as advertised. Look at a player like Falcao, he steuggled at Manure but was unplayable for Atletico and Monaco and bangs in goals for fun but people like you focua on the fact that he struggled at Manure.

    I wonder what you would have thought of Vieira, Henry, Bergkamp all essentially being complete disasters in Serie A prior to switching clubs and showing their quality.

  10. C says:

    With Barca officially signing Frenkie de Jong, maybe we should have a real go at grabbing Raboit from PSG.

  11. Pete the Thirst says:

    So Barcelona are scraping around for £1 million when they wazzed £120million on Coutinho?

    I think they are looking at Arsenal as the goose that lays the golden egg. “They gave Ozil how much a week?…He’s not even that good’

    Barca will be screwed when Messi goes. He’s been they’re beacon for 10 years. Not replaceable. They need all the money they can get to try to fill the hole.


    They may have bought him for £3m from Villarreal but they still owe Manchester City money from the original deal in 2013. If he plays one more game, they owe City £1m which is why he hasn’t been in the squad for several weeks.

  12. Bill says:


    I have to admit a bit of skepticism when you tell me someone like Suarez would be really good for Arsenal and he is top quality when he does not even make the match day squad and apparently only played 17 minutes this season in La Liga. I have not been following Barcelona and Dembele obviously has been better then last season. However, he only has 8 goals and 3 assists in 19 league games and he has not been a regular starter. SUPERB is probably a bit of hyperbole.

    I thought Coutinho was a good player but in reality Liverpool improved signficantly and scored more goals in the second half of last after they sold Coutinho who was their creative #10 and replaced him with my favorite player Ox.

  13. C says:


    On Nelson, he is out injured and part of the reason you haven’t heard from him is because of the Bundesliga break. 13 appearances and 5 goals in the Bundesliga isn’t a bad return for a winger.

  14. C says:


    Again, purely stats for you. Dembele had some trouble with being on time in the middle of the season and that is why he wasn’t a nailed on starter and saw very limited sub matches but prior to that and since he has been tremendous for them to the point even Messi came out and backed him. How is a goal or assist every other league appearance not being productive for a winger especially one who is 3rd option behind Suarez and Messi? He is, until he got injured last match, the sole reason why Countinho doesn’t get match time coupled with his struggles to adapt.

    You do realize that Milner played a massive amount of mins there and part of them scoring so more was Salah’s blistering goal scoring form? Ox was key despite only scoring 3 league goals all season? You can’t have it both ways mate.

    What do you consider to be a productive winger?

  15. C says:

    Good luck to Emi Martinez on his loan to Reading for the rest of the season.

  16. LSG says:


    I rather like Rabiot, so I’d be in favor since we need more quality in midfield. We could sell Elneny and upgrade with Rabiot.

  17. LSG says:

    I was pushing for 442 midfield diamond at the start of the season and think for big matches we should keep playing both strikers with a more solid midfield group. But now that Bellerin is out, the formation is somewhat compromised. We need width from the fullbacks and I don’t know if any of our backups can replace what Bellerin has been offering. I think we should buy a good RB this window if we want to get top 4. Plus we need a wide threat. If we could get Rabiot or a good midfielder now as well that would help our chances.

  18. LSG says:

    Good question about what we expect from a wide player. I think Dembele is pretty fantastic. But I am not thrilled with the Suarez deal myself. I think Carrasco would be better. But we can’t afford those wages unles we dump Ozil or Mkh.

  19. C says:


    I would be in favor of that. Roma are reported to be interested so sell Elneny and since PSG REFUSE to let Rabiot train with the first team since he is out of contract, I wonder if they would be open to selling him, even if it means selling Ramsey for 10m too.

  20. C says:


    Thats the thing, Dembele bed into Barca a bit slowly which is to be expected since he is only 21 and add on the pressure of the transfer fee plus the pressure to play at Barca and its understandable. This year he was superb in the start of the year then hit a rough patch off the pitch with lateness bur seems to have figured it out and he is the reason Countinho can’t get a match. I mean outside of Sterling and Sane, a return of a goal or assist every other match is exactly what you want especially when you consider he is at best the 3rd option but haa frightenimg pace and quickness.

    Since some like to look at international call-ups as well, consider he is always the first attacker called off the bench for France behind Mbappe, Griezmann and Giroud(steange as that one is)….he must be some talent.

  21. YW says:


    They appear to be taking steps to not “be screwed” by signing De Jong…

    No, FFP worries there.

  22. Bill says:


    Sorry I did not get back to you sooner. Got busy.

    A goal and/or assist every other game is pretty good but Barca does not reallyi play with “wingers” and you expect more from a $100 million dollar player who has the advantage of playing on one of the worlds highest scoring teams with Luis Suarez and Leo Messi as his front line mates. Dembele has improved this season and he is only 21 so time will tell.

    Regarding Coutinho I think he is a pure flair player whose only real contribution are his technical skill and creativity. He does not score and he strikers me as a player who is probably a liability in a system that requires energy and forward pressing from your midfielders. If you have more then enough creativity from the rest of your team such as Barca or Liverpool then you don’t need to carry a pure flair player like Coutinho. Your team is better off using that spot in line up with a more complete player who isn’t necessarily the technical wizard but can get the ball to the teams match winners upfront quickly and who also adds energy and improves your forward pressing and solidify the midfield defense. No?

  23. Bill says:


    Ox has never been a scorer which is why he failed as a forward with Arsenal and he did not have the technical skill that arsene loves in his central midfielders so he did not fit at Arsenal. He fit well into Liverpool because they did not need scoring from midfield and they did not really need midfield creativity and flair. They had more then enough of that upfront. Ox fit into their team at the #10 position because he added energy and could contribute to their pressing style and he was good at switching defense to attack moving the ball forward quickly before the defense set up. He was a good enough passer to get the ball to one of those forwards. Ox is certainly not the master of the intricate final pass so he was never going to lead the league in assists but he did get 7 assists while only playing regularly in the second half of the season after Coutinho left.

  24. Bill says:


    You mentioned that Suarez is only 25 but that raises the question of what age do you stop thinking of a player as a young developing player and what age should we stop using youth as a rationalization for inconsistency or underperformance.

  25. Bill says:

    If we want to start giving players high leverage minutes in their late teens and early 20’s then we definitely can not afford to carry them for 4-5 years while we wait for them to get past the inconsistency of youth stage and become consistent and live up to expectations

  26. Jonnygunner says:

    Nice little article in the Daily Mail this morning about Alan Sunderland

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