Arsenal Starting XI Composed Solely of Transfer Links

By Jan S0L0 [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Jan S0L0 [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons /

Transfer season has its perks for sure, even as an Arsenal supporter. After all, your team could sign their next big star, and while you are waiting for the brilliance of the Prem to get going, it keeps your bordem at a somewhat sane level.

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Let me tell you though, the transfer window is absolute rubbish. Over the past few seasons, as I’ve grown older and experienced more transfer filled summers, I’ve realized that until there is a photo of a player donning his new team’s kit, the story could easily be 100 percent false.

This is especially true for the top teams in the world, including our very own Arsenal. Week in and week out there are new rumours and stories completely made up by journalists and their “sources” linking any top player to any top team.

It truly is absurd and there is nothing else like it in sports. I understand some of the reasons why, how do you entertain millions of supporters around the globe when the beautiful game isn’t on consistently for the summer? Yet, when I see on Instagram photos saying “Create the next transfer rumour!” with players listed on one side and teams on another, I can’t help but wish all the fibs would stop.

In the great spirit of the lies and potential transfers that have come across Arsenal supporters’ plates the past year or two, I thought it would be nice to put together a starting 11 of what said team would look like (via

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The front line is my favorite I must say. I will never forget the summer Gonzalo Higuain went from Real Madrid to Napoli instead of Arsenal. For weeks the reports read that a fee had been agreed; that Higuain wanted to go, hell some quoted his father saying he was bound for Arsenal.

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Then, I realized what the transfer market really was. Higuain signed with Napoli, who had barely ever been mentioned in the teams that were pursuing him, for 40 million euros. It then came out that Arsenal had never even contacted Madrid about getting him let alone putting in a bid. Oh, and don’t worry, the Higuain rumours were back last summer and again this summer. I don’t know about you, but something tells me Wenger is not interested.

Benzema is a tricky transfer rumour because it does make the world of sense and while it isn’t completely necessary, we could use a striker of his class at Arsenal.

Again however, there is no proof that any story we’ve seen in the past month has any truth to it. As far as the truth goes, Rafa still wants him there, Madrid don’t want to sell, and Benzema doesn’t want to leave. If this changes, great! But don’t believe anything until he is in London for his medical.

Cavani: Hilarious. We couldn’t afford his wages, he has been in a decline since he went to Paris and would cost more than Benzema and Higuain and is worse than the two of them.

Gotze: He isn’t going anywhere, he’s just having to work for his spot, something that the media apparently cannot imagine Germany’s golden boy doing.

Carvalho: We all know the stories and false hope, nothing there.

Schniederlin: Off to the Devils, sorry I mean Red Devils. I believe we were interested in him but we never put in a bid, although reports did say we did early on.

Pedro and Draxler: All talk, never any substance.

Gundogan, Howedes and Casillas: Signed a new deal at his club, silly paper talk, and we went and got Cech instead.

For the record if you shifted Pedro and Draxler to wing backs, this team would be relatively quality in FIFA, although in real life I understand the formation isn’t traditional, let alone good by any means.

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