Gossip, speculation, clickbait… that’s pretty much all football related news is during the summer on the Internet.
Silly season is just that, silly, and the rumours that go around are just ridiculous. Websites, blogs and social media are fully of crap which for some reason, the fans lap up.
Everyone on Twitter seems to be ITK (In The Know if you didn’t know) and it seems like people just pull out random names from their arse and people believe the made up story.
We’ve been linked with an amazing 26 players this summer alone, and it’s not even July yet, and that’s why I’ve setup a dedicated page listing every player Arsenal have been linked with over the summer transfer window – because I want to see how ridiculous the final list is when the window shuts firmly shut in September.
There are basically 3 types of “speculation” which I’ve outlined below:
Completely Made Up Rumours:
These are exactly what the title suggests. A player is picked from random and linked to another random club. There’s no rhyme or reason to the link, it’s just completely made up and the more obscure the link is, the more football supporters are intrigued. If anything in the world of football madness the most left-field the rumour is, the more press it seems to get. Although unconfirmed, it is rumoured that the method used to match a football club to a player is similar to that of drawing out lottery numbers.
Example: Arsenal’s bid for Charles Aranguiz
2 Plus 2 Equals 5 Rumours:
These at least have some imagination to them. Basically the premise here is that you identify a clubs “apparent” weakness (or area in which they need strengthening) and then find a player who could fill that void. Arsenal fans know that they need a new goalkeeper and could do with a top striker, so cue links to players in those positions. On the surface, the link makes sense, but it’s just based on “educated” guesses and the vast majority of times there’s not even a spec of truth in the rumour.
Agent Fuelled Rumours:
Then you have the “insider knowledge”. But the insider is a football agent who is trying to either get the biggest price and best move for his client, or a better deal at his current club. We’ve been linked to Karim Benzema for the last 5 years now and he’s never moved. Wayne Rooney for example is a master of this tactic, pretending that he wants to move on but ends up staying and getting a massively improved contract.
So there you have it, the 3 main sources of all these transfer rumours. Obviously these made up rumours are big business because even the official Arsenal website has stooped to their level and has its own “Media Watch” section on their site.
It’s amazing how a complete disregard of common sense occurs when it comes to football transfers. Arsenal have a strict wage structure and wouldn’t change that for anyone. Arsene also only signs players who fit into the ethos of the club, and would fit into our style of play. If people just applied a bit of thought to the speculation, we’d probably all be a little better off.
Oops, I almost forgot I promised you four superstars. Er… let’s call them The… you know what I can’t even be arsed making something up.