With the January transfer window looming, Arsenal are becoming linked with lots of players. The poor start to the season for the Gunners, and the statement by Ivan Gazidis that there was money available to Arsene Wenger means that speculation is rife about who will be coming to the Emirates in January. Rumours on Twitter this weekend said that Arsenal had agreed a deal with a young French striker to join from Lyon in January, but there is more than a slight whiff of rodent to the whole story.
There is a page on Wikipedia about the young striker, but anyone can write on Wikipedia. The website itself says that the page could be deleted if there is no reliable reference forthcoming to back it up. The first thing strange about the story is his name, Effix Ludalix. It sounds like something from Asterix the Gaul, and the only references to him are the Wiki page and a video of him doing tricks on YouTube.
He is supposedly the third cousin of Sebastien Squillachi and is a 19-year old striker from Lyon but has fallen out with the manager there and agreed a £1 million transfer to Arsenal. He must have really upset Lyon, because there is no mention of him anywhere on the official club website in any of the squads.
Let’s just say I wouldn’t go and get his name printed on the back of your shirt or tattooed on your arm just yet, Gooners. In other news, Santa Claus is coming to town.