Arsenal transfer rumour round-up – Mbappe, Bacca, Bale, Ozil wanted

The season is well into the nitty gritty of the campaign, which means the transfer window is only around the corner, and preparations for the summer moves will be well under way.

Our new formation may play a huge part in our future dealings, with the recent switch to a 3-4-2-1 system meaning a change in priorities.

The strongly coveted Kylian Mbappe is a name everybody is talking about, after helping his Monaco side to the Champions League semi-final, as well as playing a key role in his side’s push for the Ligue 1 title, which they are three points from sealing with three matches to play. The latest is that we are supposedly willing to match his monster £85 Million asking price, while promising him a central role in our side.

Arsenal have been linked with a move to sign Carlos Bacca from AC Milan, and Calcio Mercato claims to be exclusively announcing that he WILL leave the club in the coming window. Personally I foresee a move to China, or maybe even West Ham, but he is not a man I would be expecting to get 20 goals a season from.

Stan Collymore has urged Arsene Wenger to make a bold bid to try and sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, while other reports claim Manchester United have already agreed terms. Of course I’m not to believe the latter, although I would love for our club to try and prise him from the Galacticos, although I can’t imagine they would be willing to sell.

Barcelona are claimed to be looking at bringing Mesut Ozil back to Spain this summer, to replace aging midfielder Andres Iniesta. The German international has come under increased pressure from fans this term, and with only 12 months left to run on his contract, we may be forced to consider his exit. If Barca were to come calling, I think Ozil may be tempted to go.

Can you see any truth in any of the latest rumours?

Pat J

Tags Arsenal Bacca Bale Mbappe Ozil


  1. Guneal (English Arsenal fans are gullible) says:

    Messi and Ronaldo should make the list………….

    Our club is in a solid shape to attract the best players in the whole wide world….

    1. JembutArsene says:

      Not a surprise you ain’t getting this whole football and the transfer policy with your limited brain power.

      Incredible that wenge’rs transfer policy isn’t understood yet, very slowly and with some caution people are seeing improvement and potential , we are getting better whether you like it or not. Obviously there’ll be a bunfight for any of these but I could see him splashing his budget on one of these as most of the squad building has now been done. It’s vital therefore we have a really good season in both PL and maybe this new excited EL. This encourages Ozil and Alexis to stay and will attract the worldie forward we need. By good season I don’t necessarily mean winning the league. I would see it as keeping players fit, continuing to play great football and being in with a shout of winning the title until nearly the end. Maybe a good run in one of the domestic cups. The squad is as good as it has been for years. We need to have a winning mentality and really focus on EVERY match and not let our standards drop. If players are fatigued we have options to rotate them. The players that come in must play with the same skill, attitude and intensity. Amazing what a strong squad and competition does for performance. If we continue to play like we have been we’ll be a handful for any team in the PL.

      Let’s trust Arsene to win us major trophies again with his splendid this summer transfer plan.
      Everyone is so excited including me. COYG.

      1. ArseOverTit says:

        Keep taking the meds.

        1. JembutArsene says:

          You should be the one then considering your smart choice of name.

  2. Goonerboy says:

    I believe nothing from this rumours!

  3. ArseOverTit says:

    Yeh, talks a lot of drivel does our Stan. Like we could ever attract bale away from arguably the best club ever in world football.

    Maybe if he wanted the easy life and shopping in London?

    All stories are complete fabrication as always.

    Expect crums my friends and if you get a crust you will be happy!

  4. JembutArsene says:

    Footballers know how tenuous their careers can be. That’s why wages are not as performance driven as they might be. I club that believes in development and continuity might opt for better bases in order to create stability. The best way is to combine a generous base with a structured advancement and strong bonus incentives. And that’s expensive. For most of my life I felt the Club was property of us fans. We supported both in spirit and in real terms. The more we supported the more our club could grow. In my non knowledge opinion I reckon it’s the start of negotiations. I think the money is obscene but it’s the going rate and we have to pay it. I’m pretty sanguine about the whole thing, other top clubs do it, if we want to be competitive we have to pay it. I’ll always put the Club above any manager or player. I simply see things differently from most people here. For me AW has been, and continues to be, an excellent manager. For me its not simply about results, – but even if it was, his record is extraordinary – its about his commitment, ethic and vision. As far as I’m concerned he can stay as long as he wants.However, when he does leave I’ll be right behind his successor and on we’ll go together. I’m an Arsenal fan whatever.

    For the record, I understand many of the standard arguments against AW, though I don’t think they stand up. What I don’t understand is the level of personal animosity and character assassination that goes with it. I find it offensive and its the one thing that earns my disrespect.


    1. bran99 says:

      you take a lot of energy in every article to write very long senseless paragraphs just to defend the old man.. Respect Arsene? everyone does, but it ain’t going both ways, Wenger respects no one but his contract (which equates to a lot of money per season), he was good, but now he is just a manager that every other manager enjoys beating coz it has become so easy to beat Arsenal under Wenger

      you can continue with your a**lic**g though, no one can stop you.. may be you should start writing articles too coz your comments are too long to be regarded as comments, Admin will gladly air it

      1. JembutArsene says:

        Thanks for your sarcastic compliment.

        Honestly I am a long untold arsenal poster believer so it’s refreshing for me to spread bring the positivity to world of bloggers for the benefit of the club.

    2. Vanpayslip thought of the day: AKBs have below average IQ says:

      Spoiler alert: it is everyone’s fault except Arsene’s

      When something good happens it is to Arsenal’s credit

      When something bad happens it is not his fault

      AKBs are not very bright

    3. Quantic Dream says:

      @JembutArsene…are you copy pasting your comments from previous articles ?
      @Admin- I think we have a bot or troll posting under JembutArsene please investigate.

      1. JembutArsene says:

        You really struggle with the comprehension of simple words. I’ve told you better to get your high school teacher to get you that dictionary for Xmas, cos you boy are struggling.

        You label optimism as delusion, Personally I have enjoyed Wenger’s way of playing more than any other in my time obsessively following Arsenal since ages. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Wenger is still a good enough manager to win the Premiership, provided he has enough quality players to work with. The teams that spend the most have the best players. That’s why those very same teams nearly always win. Great sides don’t appear as if by magic, whoever the manager is.

        Only an imbecile would think otherwise.

        Arsenal fc have spent a decent amount this summer for a change. It’s still considerably less than man u and man city but it means that wenger has a squad that gives him options for once. Now, he can actually rotate effectively without taking huge risks.
        He can rest players more easily which will mean fewer injuries. He has options up front and in midfield and he has solid cover at the back. We’re in with a shout and I remain cautiously optimistic.

        1. dutchy says:

          He has options but does not use them. Look at Lucas, where was Gibbs when Nacho failed, he never really used a back-up RB when we needed one. Always played Iwobi then stopped. Should have used Walcott way less, same with Giroud. I want to be optimistic but use real arguments please.

          1. JembutArsene says:

            Lucas is a good back up squad player, period.

            I think our football is still pretty good to watch and has the potential to be vintage.

            The fact that our football remained good, if ultimately unsuccessful, throughout the times we couldn’t afford to lose Ozil and Sanchez allows me to respect Arsene even more.

  5. Frank says:

    Most Arsenal fans won’t get the new manager they want nor any of the players so let’s be realistic about this. There is no way Garth Bale will trade CL football favourites Real for Arsenal. I would like to get Isco, Mbappe, Lukaku but not going to happen.
    From reports, Ozil, Sanchez and Lucas are going and Arsenal need to replace a lot of players to improve the squad. Will Wenger buy 8-10 players? I doubt it. There are so many positions to upgrade on it will be a 2-3 year building process because Wenger has failed to do this in the last couple of years and that, for all the Wenger fans out there has been his biggest failings along with his stubbornness not to change the formation. Yeah ok he has changed it now but another season has passed us because of his arrogance. This transfer market will be the most important one of his 21 years.

    1. Frank says:

      Ok if Ozil does go (please I hope he does)

      Does Arsenal get Fabregas back ?
      Or do we go for someone else ?

      Who do we get as a realistic substitute?

      1. John Ibrahim says:

        Fabregas is 30yo

        What happen to ageing and lack of pace?

      2. RAA1395 says:

        Fabrigas came to us and AW blew it…..there is no coming back for that magician to arsenal anymore. What a shame …

  6. Nebsy says:

    I wouldn’t mind selling Ozil to Barca. Especially if the fee is somewhere around what he was bought for. What I do mind is that his replacement will be a lackluster king of averageness.

    This season is when the downward spiral starts spinning faster.
    I’m pretty sure that next season our lovely club will battle with Everton and Southampton for that precious Europa League place, with a squad finally devoid of any top attacking players.

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      Ozil himself is average…so if we get an average replacement who can actually put a shift in defence then well and good…that’s some sort of progress. The biggest progress however, will be to ship Wenger off to France or China.

      1. JembutArsene says:

        The biggest progress however, will be to ship Wenger off to France or China.

        Really? How gullible of you.

        Indeed many people have written in claiming that Mr Wenger is an !diot because he does something that fails and does it again. Wenger should be offered 3 more years because his team’s always let him down in the past. Some people only see success in terms of trophies won and it’s not fair to him especially during the stadium building.

        So stop your meaningless diatribes and stop acting like a spoilt manchild. GROW UP.

        1. Nebsy says:

          @JembutArsene Why do you intentionally forget miss-timed substitutions, wrong squad selection and favoring players for no footballing reason? All of those are Wenger’s decisions and they’ve cost us many points.

          1. JembutArsene says:

            Thing is I see every season as different . I don’t claim to know what is gonna happen , even if I want to I’ll only predict good things . Wouldn’t you do the same for a team you claim to love? Be content to support your own team and try to endure the sight of others supporting theirs.

            Being a supporter is about having hope that your team will do well regardless. Tha’ts why Newcastle, Villa fans and so on still try to turn out for their matches on match days even in the Championship, that’s why West ham fans still man up and go to the London Stadium. THAT’S WHAT FANS DO MATE!! (which you know) You hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

            If you already knew what the result would be because its been like that for the past 12 years then why bother!? As people keep saying; one could do something else better with their time.

            Arsenal fans are brainwashed to be negative by biased medias and many low IQ pundits whose showering the constant negativity surrounding our beloved classy team.

            As our beloved and classy Master of Beautiful Art Football said “On one side when people are not loyal, people criticize; when they are loyal, they say they are there for too long,” he said. It’s always an excessive reaction and that’s why people in charge have to take a (step back), more than ever. Being responsible in life is to do things you think are right, it’s not to react to what people say. If you listen always to what people say, you go five minutes one way and 10 minutes later you go the other way. When you have responsibilities you have just to focus on making the right decisions and if they’re not right, you say ‘sorry, I’m wrong’. When we lose a game, I’m wrong.” It’s very clear indeed that arsene is a wise old man.

            1. bran99 says:

              “Arsenal fans are brainwashed to be negative by biased medias and many low IQ pundits whose showering the constant negativity surrounding our beloved classy team”, really??

              fans around the world have witnessed every single mis-achievement by Wenger, not only the media and pundits. and it’s not negativity, that’s positivity.. negativity is when you support the decline of our team years after year and still enjoy that. sane fans always say, we support Arsenal fc and not Arsene fc, like you. it’s not his team, he is just an employee like the rest of the staffs

            2. Nebsy says:

              You do, sort of, have a point there, with Arsenal fans often being quite negative. We should support the team regardless, I completely agree.

              But to claim that Arsene is the best manager for our club NOW, well, I strongly disagree there. I’m beyond certain that he alone had cost us the title last season. Let us not forget that it was him who decided that we don’t need another striker in the transfer window of 2015/16.

              1. JembutArsene says:

                Got to love the naysayers daily attempts to undercut everything and anything associated to Arsenal so Wenger and Co can take a hammering for it.

                I’ll say what I have said before – those who so clearly get upset by what a Frenchman they have never met does (and who truly has no real impact on your life), must be very weak individuals.

                Really don’t get this whole “if you aren’t as upset by football as I am than you’re not as much of a fan” narrative. It is like they don’t want anyone to enjoy the game since they can’t, very childish really.

                ONE ARSENE WENGER.

  7. AY75 says:

    I think we’re going to see the özil we thought we bought from Madrid again when he leaves. I believe it’s down to poor management that our players keep performing poorly until there’s nothing to fight for (other than top 4, of course). if u pay attention to the trend they play well in their first few games, then their confidence just vanishes, and revisits once in a blue moon. we’ve seen what coquelin, Gabriel, özil, and other poorly performing players can do when they’re in form, for them to maintain the form over the course of a season is usually the down to the manager, or being self motivated (like sanchez). heck, even sanchez no longer seems interested. so, I think it would be best for them to try their luck elsewhere

    1. Yossarian says:

      Sadly that makes a lot of sense. Arsene hasn’t been using them properly a lot of the time. He keeps trying to change everyone’s positons too much, which must be confusing, and doesn’t help.

  8. Yossarian says:

    I think the key issues are (1) Top Striker (2) Will Cazorla play (3) Will Sanchez stay or go. Being realistic (IE. £100m + keep Sanchez or maybe £150m) we could have a strong 1st-choice team with just 3 new signings, provided they are experienced high-quality players that are already proven at top-level. And I reiterate, PROVIDED they are top-quality experienced players.

    Sanchez/Replacement – Top Striker – Theo/Ozil/Wellbz/Iwobi

    Gibbs/Mon/Kola? – Cazorla/Replacement – Xhaka/Ramsey – Ox/Bell

    Holding – Koscienly – Mustafi


    1. Dr Livingston says:

      Totally agree!
      However, I think we should probably resign ourselves to the fact that Sanchez will not be here next season and should be thinking about who will replace him on the left.

      My personal choices:
      Douglas Costa – possibly available in a swap deal if Sanchez goes to Bayern?
      Reus – I think he is well within our reach, would work well with Ozil although there is concern about his injury record
      James – Looks like he will be sold this summer, much more affordable and attainable than Bale but again there is concerns over his injury record.

      1. Yossarian says:

        Yeah, we can’t afford to go for an injured bargain. Has to be fit and healthy to play most of the season if he’s going to step into Alexis’s shoes.

  9. okiror says:

    where is Davidz and Hafiz

  10. odein4 says:

    Thinking that Wenger would win the league or do something wonderful next season is like waiting for a ship in an Airport, how often does that happen? Anybody that says Arsenal Fans aren’t patient is just being plain stupid (Sorry Admin. You can’t say cos ur old Nokia phone served you well in the past now that they are better Android phones n Even Iphone you won’t change it.. well I will start supporting Arsenal wen Wenger Leaves I can’t continue to stay awake to watch matches early in the mornings only to see my team struggling to pass the ball we use to know Arsenal as a team that possesses the ball now even Stoke City can spring passes more than the mighty Arsenal…

    1. Yossarian says:

      That’s the problem… Spending £150m on the right 3 signings, playing in-form players, using sensible player rotation… Sounds unlikely that Wenger will do what’s required. It’s so annoying because that isn’t much to ask in order to turn Arsenal into a genuine contender to win the league.

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