Despite there being a multitude of rumours and speculation about a variety of players there are only four Arsenal stories that we can track with any real credibility.
They involve William Saliba, Kieran Tierney, Wilfried Zaha and Laurent Koscielny, everything else is basically guesswork. That does not mean that some of the other rumours will not turn out to be true. But we cannot say with any credibility what we know to be true or fake.
This is what we believe to be accurate as of today.
We know that Arsenal has agreed on a fee and personal terms with the player but that Tottenham has moved in with a last minute offer of their own.
It was reported that Tottenham was due to meet St Etienne on Sunday but there is no credible confirmation of that and no further updates since Mohamed Bouhafsi broke the story.
Arsenal has placed a second bid of £25 Million, as confirmed by David Ornstein but the proposed payment instalments are an issue and SkySports are reporting that Celtic have turned down that second bid.
Arsenal tabled a bid for £40 Million but Crystal Palace have rejected the offer and according to Ornstein that will not change unless something major changes, which up to now, has not.
The Arsenal captain has refused to travel with the team to the USA and the club has opened up disciplinary proceedings.
Sources have told ESPN he will meet with the club this week but there is no way back for him.
Now, we are not saying that Bouhafsi, Ornstein, Skysports and ESPN are 100% correct and not prone to errors, however, on the balance of credibility we believe that what we have stated above is correct and everything else being reported cannot be confirmed with the same degree.