There are so many Arsenal transfer rumours popping up every single day that it is difficult to have any real idea of who our real transfer targets are, and everything just looks like smoke and mirrors to me at the moment as we try and sift our way through the chaff.
Just now there is a story from an ex-Everton legend Alan Stubbs, saying that the Toffees midfielder Ross Barkley would not be going to Tottenham because they have Dele Ali, so he is more likely to be going to Arsenal. How does thinking like that come about? Does he have insider information or is it pure conjecture? Stubbs’ actual words were: ‘The fact that Ross still hasn’t signed, I think that’s the biggest indicator that his future lies elsewhere,’
‘With Tottenham you have got Dele Alli in a similar position and, looking at Dele, he is ahead of Ross at this moment in time.
‘Looking at those teams I think Arsenal are probably a team that he could go to.’
There is little doubt that Barkley will be leaving Goodison Park, as the Englishman has refused the new contract and even Ronald Koeman agreed it was unlikely he will be there next season, but why on Earth would Arsenal buy yet another overpriced Englishman?
The Gunners already have Francis Coquelin, Granit Xhaka, Elneny (who hardly plays already because of the competition) and Aaron Ramsey occupying the middle ground. Why would we buy yet another midfielder unless he is a superstar? Barkley may be pretty good for an English player, but a world superstar he certainly is NOT!