How much should we read into the Yannick Carrasco to Arsenal speculation?

Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco has revealed that there is an offer on the table for his signature and the natural leap for some is that offer comes from Arsenal.

The thing is this, there is absolutely no way of confirming that unless the player or club say so and at no stage has there ever been any official indication that we are interested in signing the 25-year-old this summer.

We were reported to be interested in him back in January but instead went with Denis Suarez and so I can see how the inference is that it is us that have made the offer this time around but it is all assumption and nothing else at this stage.

There is nothing wrong with making educated guesses but at the end of the day it still remains a guess and we could play that game all day long, in fact, we could have done if for the last seven years with Dortmund ace Mario Gotze.

I am not saying Carrasco will not end up at the Emirates but I am saying that we are no closer to knowing if we are going to sign him today than at any previous time.

He is currently plying his trade in China with Dalian Yifang and is desperate to return to Europe and has admittedly said he would like to play in the Premier League.

He said: “All the people know England is one of the best championships in the world, it’s a big competition.

“The players who play in the Premier League tell me it is a physical league, strong, but you also have a lot of space.

“Sometimes when you play in other countries you do not have a lot of space but in England it is open, the play is up and down the pitch.

“That would suit me. I think I can play in a lot of competitions in the world, I can attack and also I can defend.

But again, that does not mean that he is in talks with us, just means he is like thousands of professional footballers that would like to play in the best league in the world.

The bottom line is that we should not read too much into the latest Yannick Carrasco speculation but neither should we dismiss them out of hand.

That said, I would love to see him sign with us.


  1. gotanidea says:

    His attacking stats were not good at Atletico Madrid, hence he was cast out

    His successful dribble and assist stats were also low in World Cup. Probably because he played as an left wingback for Belgium, even though he is not a defender and he is naturally right-footed

    I know his attacking stats are excellent in China, but I hope Arsenal are after a left-footed RW instead. Because we don’t have good winger like that and most top teams have at least one of this type to score

  2. Judith Le'Strange says:

    I would like to think that we can beat the spuds to his signature, but i suppose it all depends on what the spuds can offer in way of playing time and wages!!

    1. Malcolm Townsend says:

      The truth is we do not know who is leaving or who we are signing but the board need to get their finger out and get some business done

  3. salifu bangura says:

    Arsenal need a pack winger

  4. Sip says:

    The guy is not coming to Arsenal. I know his team and was hopeful he could consider us but when I asked them they laughed. He might even stay in China.

  5. Break-on-through says:

    This guy is not what I’d like to see, am sick of the well known names looking for money type moves. The fact he went to China is a big red flag for me, I wouldn’t touch him and I’d lose the agents phone number. We need players who love the game and hate to lose at ping pong, not a sulker, not an ego, not a party lifestyle, not a celebrity, proper sportsmen is what we need. Ozil and Mkhit have put me right off going for big names with little ambition or care, that’s a bit of a dig at AFC too. If those two had played as their wages suggest, the difference it could’ve made over the last five or so games, we only lost out by one point.

    1. LeMmy says:

      Good call

  6. Samson says:

    Carrasco? Pass please

  7. dotash says:

    Better than none,though seem to be average to the best of my knowledge

  8. jon fox says:

    There are close to 4 billion other men who have also not said they are or are not coming to play for us . That should keep you in daft meaningless, “say nothing” articles for the rest of your life!

    1. LeMmy says:

      Also, too many stories with the phrases ” also a target for (guess who) ” or ” Transfer target set to snub Arsenal for (guess who )
      The media always push the idea Arsenal are dithering or dont want to pay too much and every other club makes up their mind in a nano second and bid £20 m over the odds to get their player. Total mince eh ?!

  9. Le Coq Monster says:

    To me Admin Martin you have done a splendid job in the new website design and you are working like a trooper, but do we really need a new post for every rumoured signing ?
    Quality over quantity imo, but seeing as you made yet another effort I will just say we have Saka. Amaechi and Nelson waiting in the wings( yes I know……a terrible pun) !………cost £0

    1. Admin Martin says:

      It is a very hard line to navigate Le Coq Monster, as an example yesterday we posted six articles and if you compare that to a lot of other Arsenal fan sites you will see that we post a lot less and we try to give an opinion on each piece.

      But it is a transfer window and we would be amiss not cover them otherwise we run the risk of not being relevant.

      I do try to weed out the utter dross but it is hard when everywhere you look every rumour is being covered and you just never know what is real and what is not.

      I do accept your point and all I can say is that even if we post more than usual over the next couple of months we will always try and make the article interesting with a viewpoint that creates debate.

      But I do take your point on board and thank you for the feedback.

      1. Le Coq Monster says:

        Thank you Martin, although I may jest a lot I and I`m sure 99% on here appreciate the hard work you and Admin Pat do as without you two there would be no site.

        1. jon fox says:

          Le Coq, Hear Hear TO THE CORRECT PRAISE YOU GIVE THE ADMINS. THOUGH I HAVE OFTEN CRITICISED SOME ARTICLES AS SAYING NOTHING OF VALUE/INTEREST/ RELEVANCE(and doubtless will do so again), I do realise how much hard work goes into running this fine site and am happy to praise them for running a generally fine site. But everything is capable of improvement and that is what we should always aim to do. In life, never settle for less than the best you can possibly give. That principle is why I scorn Ozil and Walcott and all who coast in football and in life generally.

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