Arsenal could do another Sol Campbell on Tottenham in January

Going through the latest Arsenal news today I came across a piece in the Independent about nine players the Gunners could sign in the January transfer window.

I had actually thought about doing an article slamming the Independent for already starting with nonsense transfer speculation based on their misreading of Josh Kroenke comments earlier today, something we touched on here.

But I soon changed my mind when I went through the names of players that they reckoned Arsenal would be targeting, which was as expected, a nonsense list.

The name that stopped me in my tracks was Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.

Now, I do not see him signing for Arsenal and right now I have zero interest in transfer gossip but I cannot help myself, not with this particular player.

You see, my understanding is that Alderweireld will be allowed to negotiate a free transfer from January unless he signs an extension with Spurs before then.

In the event he does not sign an extension and there are no signs that he will be doing so then how juicy would that be if Arsenal swooped in and did another Sol Campbell on Tottenham.

From where I am sitting there is absolutely no reason why theoretically it could not happen.

However, as I said, I do not expect it to happen and I really have no opinion right now about any transfer speculation but I must admit that the prospect of signing another Tottenham player on a free transfer has piqued my interest.

I mean, come on, wouldn’t this be brilliant?


  1. I don’t think Alderweireld would want to join a Spurs’ rival

    If Nelson/ Martinelli can’t make it as RWs and if Arsenal manage to sell Mustafi, I’d like Arsenal to sign Zaha

    1. We wont know whether Nelson/Martinelli can make it or not for a few years though. I don’t think anybody expects them to be starters this season, or next.

        1. Very true. You’d be fine with skipping on Zaha if you saw potential in them but weren’t as good as him yet?

    2. gotanidea, why do you think he wouldn’t join a spurs rival?

      So if city, utd, chelsea or pool offered him double his salary, why do you think he would turn it down, let alone any other premier league side with ambitions to make the top six?

      1. Because he would face a backlash from the Spurs fans

        It’s better if he moves to other country

        1. Sol Campbell didn’t let it bother him-he just showed them his medals at the end of each season.So why would this player be any different?

          1. Sol Campbell is as mad as a march hare after years of hatred from Spurs fans so who would want to follow in his footsteps. Also Toby wants to finish up playing for Ajax before he retires.

          2. In actual fact, any player who lets his contract run down and leaves for nothing, will expect a backlash from his original club(Look at how Ramsey was treated on here, when he refused to sign).

            I would rate him above socratis, mustafi, mavropanos and even holding and chambers, simply because the last two are not the finished article as yet.

            Just imagine what Holding and Chambers could learn from Luiz and Alder over a couple of seasons!!!

          1. You still talking about him ??? did you watch the wolves game? ⚽ Yeah much better still not 100% but getting there thanks Sue ?

          2. Hahahaha… ha you know me.. go on & on & on… give it a while & you’ll probs go AWOL to escape my rambling!!
            I did, what a goal! What a save! Was good, hey?!
            Glad to hear it, Kev ?

          3. Haha go AWOL ??? you can go on and on and on but Zaha won’t be wearing our red and white we have a lot of money tied up in Pepe and when he finds his feet you’ll be like Zaha who ? yes Sue just wish slabhead was tested more and Lingard is one of the worst footballers I’ve ever seen ? Adama Traore would be deadly if he had a brain but he doesn’t so he’s not ?

          4. Ha well if he carries on nutmegging like that, I may well think that ?
            Lingard was pants & I loved it! No milly rock last night haha!!
            I agree.. he’s huge & really fast though!

          5. He’s too bulky and brainless to be a footballer but tell gotanidea that he/she wanted him at Arsenal ? or moon walk ? haha too right ? Fleetwood town and paddy madden you beaut ? just won me £72.98 good bloody job as I owe Now TV BB 45 quid tomorrow ?

          6. No I had that 45 quid put away already but I was skint until Friday ? oh no more betting until Friday night Sue ? so when do you fly off into the sun 2 weeks isn’t it ? ?☀️?‍♀️?️??️??

          7. October ? ah well something to look forward to ✈️?️? more likely than a Grealish hat trick Sue ?? so you all set for Saturday ⚽?

          8. Yes, that’s more likely, Kev!!
            Urgh I’m dreading it, reckon I’ll be turning over after about 30 minutes?? I’m not even gonna attempt a prediction!! What do you reckon?

          9. No I don’t think you will this time Sue if the boys follow the game plan stop Robertson and TAA we got a chance yeah not a big one but stranger things have happened Norwich got at Liverpool and should have scored 3 times that’s Norwich ?

          10. If we play our attacking football we’ll score more than one goal! Last season we probably gifted Liverpool all 5 goals through errors one of the goals firminho walked past about 4 players and scored that can’t happen again ? if that was me on the field he’d be getting dragged to the turf old school ? you have to rough these flair players up let them know you there ?? can’t stand that song ? well Sue you have a good day at work say hi to Coco for me ? ?

      1. Bet a deal has been done on Zaha, Crystal Palace have been able to make use of him to keep them in Premier League he will join in January cos C P will have had a few millions worth out of him by then

    3. Do you honestly think we have a prayer of signing Zaha, even now and esp since we paid out a lot of dosh for Pepe? I am amazed that any normal fan with a hald decent brai can even now still hope to sign Zaha. You did say,to be fair to you”I’D LIKE… and not, “I THINK WE WILL” … but the meaning of your post is obvious and the silliness of your thinking is also. I remind you who our owner is. We are not owned by Sheikh Mansoor of Man City. You seem to have forgotten this!

      1. Ive had it with you and your insults to others on this site.Do you mean to say sir that any one with a different opinion from yours is silly and brain dead. I wonder how long you have to keep your insults to others on this platform going before you get a ban.I also do belief any one with a half decent brain would know how to spell correctly without typos.

        1. John, Why not instead examine your own attitude towards plain speaking. To say that someone is being silly is not an insult ; it is my opinion. You sound like a young snowflake who is terrified of being called out for your thinking. And you try, though fail to make others conform to your own thinking Snowflakes , though most do not realise it, are an enemy of free speech. Free speech is not the same as hate speech please note and I deplore hate speech and do not indulge in it. I have been called a Fascist on here and that is hate speech. It is also ludicrous, as I am a true liberal in life, believing in as much freedom as is possible, in a civilised society, for the individual from forced conformity of thinking and acting. Ugh!!! Instead of worrying about typos -that cowardly refuge of someone who has lost his argument – I advise you to think seriously about your timid attitude to life and to your fear of free speech. Free speech is what helps keep true Fascists from being in power. I suggest young man that you do much historical fact reading and re-educate yourself. PROPERLY THIS TIME! I note with irony that you wish me banned. Clearly not a liberal then, are you!

          1. Actually Jon it was me and Ken who were called the Fascists ,if you had read the post correctly you would have noticed how the question was asked ,before you jumped to conclusions .

          2. Dan, I’m very patient for a fascist don’t you think?

            Still waiting, despite all the free speech, for answers to those, seemingly, unanswerable questions.

            I’ve also not had a reply from ClassyGunner.

            Ah well, I guess when facts are presented, opinions and/or guesswork play second fiddle andso simply ignore them or keep putting off the answers or keep asking for clarification.

  2. I’d rather us not get an ex-spud. We will get Saliba next season anyway. I think we will be fine with Luiz, Saliba, Sokratis, Chambers and Holding. In the summer we can sign a RB and if Emery wants another CB he can sign a CB from any other club

  3. we dont need a defender….. What we need are wingers….. After pepe auba and laca who else do we have as replacements?

    1. I think I’ve read he wants to go back to Ajax. Would he like the torrent of abuse Campbell received!

  4. Fingers crossed! Anything is possible in the world of transfer. Have you ever taught of. Luiz joining us?

  5. nelson saka and martineli are not super subs that can win a match for us….. U saw when it was hard for mancity against the spuds u saw the mechineries they releasedand if not for VAR that would have been 3 points for them. Evry team need that to succeed.

  6. As goods as he is we need to look toward the future and buying young defenders like salliba, Holding,chambers are still young mixed with a couple of experienced ,all over the pitch that’s the way to go!

  7. I very much doubt Toby will be made club captain before January 1st – so wouldn’t be another Campell fiasco

    1. Eriksen would be a dream signing, but he obviously wants a different challenge in Spain or Italy after six years in UK. And going to us would make many Spurs fans furious, and Eriksen would destroy his status at Tottenham forever. Sorry, but I bet it’s not going to happen.

  8. I’m still hoping we go back and get soares in January
    I haven’t seen him play a whole season obviously and no garantees
    But I like the look of his playing style and it gives something different from our other wingers and young guns
    He also looks quite a tough combatative player

  9. I have always liked Toby and thought we should have got him when spurs first signed him. But I think we will look ok in the CB position next season

  10. Toby Alderweireld is no doubt an excellent defender. He could be a very good signing. But I do agree, that we have already good defenders with Holding, Sokratis, Chambers, Luiz and Saliba (next season).
    Our defense will be stronger henceforward, when Holding is back in the team, and until now the defence have done quite well.
    I would rather have a pacy winger like Zaha.

      1. Because we have won more than Tottenham in Our worst run of seasons. If they chose to go to Tottenham they certainly would choose Arsenal

  11. If we are going into the January market (which i doubt), i would hope it would be a different styled forward, one with strong aerial abilities, to give different dimensions to our attack and help strengthen our weakest area in attack.

    The other area we need bodies is the DM, a more athletic, strong and of good height (yes the Viera type). There are about 3-5 emerging from the French league. Which i think could further improve arsenal squad and starting 11.

  12. I think he’ll probably sign a new deal.. but if he doesn’t..

    He has that man united/spud scum look on his face real gooners recognize.

    Stay away…

    1. Upamecano got somewhat expensive over the summer!

      If Arsenal sign him along with a world class DM – now that would be a statement of intent Mr Kroenke Jr!

      However I believe with CDs at the club now incl. Saliba we are much more in need of a world class DM to dictate tempo and protect the defence…so thats where I would spend next years budget.

  13. Zaha is sick and it’s a massive shame we didn’t get him in the summer. I’d take the bad to see him in an Arsenal shirt.

    Pepe scoring lots of goals will make it easy enough but no doubt Zaha would bring a vibe with him.

  14. U guys should 4get about Zaha. I prefer Douglas Costa or Ziyech nd frm Erikson he don old already we need Maddison or Isco. 4get about defender we have them now.

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