Rumors are like brush fire, which, once ignited, mushrooms out of control, acquiring an uncanny self-generating power. Often they become a raging giant, and humans, the tiny ants it fains, might trample at will (archaic turn of phrase intended!).
They've been swirling with gleeful and reckless abandon these past few days—so-and-so player is leaving so-and-so team, so-and-so team has signed so-and-so player, etc. The amusing thing is that Yours Truly (YT) has found himself swept along by the draft.
Here are the seven rumors in the following slides.
The 23-year-old Argentine, who has scored seven Belgium Pro League goals in 18 appearances so far this term, has emerged on the radar of both the Gunners and French club Marseille, according to reports.
Gunners scouts have watched Suarez, who also has seven Europa League goals this campaign, and are believed to be keen on the £10 million-rated former Belgrano man who admits a move to a bigger club is something he yearns for.
Suarez himself was said to be interested in a move away from Anderlecht and seemed to have confirmed in an interview that "there are two clubs interested [in me], but if it does not happen this winter, so be it, and I will then do everything to make Anderlecht champions."
From this interview, supposedly given to the Argentine media, it could be deduced that the player himself was interested in a move this winter.
Just as Gooners were waiting in anticipation for Arsenal to sign him, Suarez moved to dispel the rumor in an interview with De Standaard.
I want to, at the least, finish the job that I've started and that is helping the team to win the title, which is what everyone deserves. I don't know where the story has come from that I will be joining Arsenal this winter, but I can formally deny it.
My bosses are well aware of what I want and that is to stay at Anderlecht for now. I'm still learning, and that's another reason I don't want to leave.
Notwithstanding this denial, Caughtoffside reported that Arsenal have signed a pre-contract agreement with the player, with the understanding that he will join Arsenal in the summer.
The source of this news was given as a certain Javier Perez, a supposedly respected journalist. YT was elated and promptly reported it. It soon dawned on him, though, that the news may significantly be less than fact.
On Friday, when journalists asked Wenger to confirm the news, he said, "No, that's (all) not true."
Daily Mail printed the following on Sunday, January 8.
Arsenal have made a £3 million enquiry for Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou. Talks over a new contract at Stamford Bridge have stalled over the Ivory Coast striker’s £90,000-a-week wage demands. And Arsenal are trying to take advantage by making an official approach for Kalou.
They then garnished the news by reporting this the following Tuesday.
Salomon Kalou has jetted back to London to open talks over a move to Arsenal. The Chelsea striker was in Dubai with the Ivory Coast as they prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations later this month. But he has now flown back to England as the Gunners attempt to lure him across the capital.
Arsenal Player reported this on Friday.
Arsène Wenger says he will not try to sign Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou during the January transfer window.
The Ivory Coast international has been linked with a move to the Emirates, but the Arsenal manager rejected suggestions he could move for the 26-year-old.
Arsenal are currently having a full-back crisis. All of the players who play in this position are out with injuries.
On December 23, BBC Sports carried this entry.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger fails to rule out signing a full-back in the January transfer window, revealing "I haven't made any enquiry yet...for the moment there's no Wayne Bridge on the table, nor anybody else."
Arsene Wenger will consider this week whether to make a move for Wayne Bridge as on loan cover after Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen limped off with a calf strain in Saturday's 1-0 win over QPR.
Only problem is that Wenger had denied the news a week earlier. As of this writing, the Wayne Bridge rumor appears to be dead.
360 Sports reported the following on January 5.
Tomas Rosicky and Andrey Arshavin could be headed for the exit door at Arsenal this month amid reports officials for Turkish giants Galatasaray have travelled to London to open talks over the duo.
The following words form Arsene Wenger, spoken on Friday, don't seem to be of a player on his way out.
He has always been a player who plays on the borderline, if you look at the game against QPR. He is a big gambler, and at the end of the day he gave the ball to Robin van Persie to score in that game. So he is always efficient.
If you look at his numbers, you are always surprised at how good he is. Sometimes the visual impression you get from a game has been frustrating, but he is very efficient. We can all have a big responsibility, but we need confidence for what we do.
We know he has the talent. He’s been questioned many times, but his attitude has always been spot on.
In the last game, specifically, he showed that he needs to play and needs confidence. He needs to play with confidence and freedom, that is his strength. He is a creative player and you need that fraction of belief and confidence to play with freedom.
Marouane Chamakh may be the one player that Gooners would gladly see sold off. The player himself appears to be frustrated at Arsenal.
He told a French television station the following recently.
I am 27. I need to play. I cannot stay like this forever. If I played more, of course I would have more confidence and score more goals.
Rumors have since linked him with returning to his old club, Bordeaux. He has also been linked with the Italian club, Fiorentina.
Arsenal Player carried the following on Friday.
Arsène Wenger says Marouane Chamakh will not be sold during the January transfer window. The striker is currently on international duty with Morocco at the Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea this year.
Chamakh has been linked with a move away from Emirates Stadium, but Wenger expects his player to return to Arsenal next month. 'He is at the Africa Cup of Nations, nothing will happen there,' the manager said. 'Will he come back? Yes.'
The title of the piece was, "Chamakh won’t be sold in January."
At the moment there is no huge news about Nigerian players, with Arsenal there was only a rumor.
I certainly don't know that Arsene Wenger is looking for a left-back, but at this time there has not been any official offer at AC Milan.
Daily Mail had reported the following concerning his move to Arsenal.
Arsenal are considering AC Milan left-back Taye Taiwo as an option among their defensive loan targets as their injury crisis continues to bite.
The news from the horse's mouth won the day.
Daily Mail (again!) reported the following, attributed conveniently to a "Sportsmail Reporter."
Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could move out on loan in January to gain valuable experience before Euro 2012.
The hot prospect has not had many Premier League opportunities at the Emirates and would appreciate the chance to impress England manager Fabio Capello with more regular appearances.
After the rumor broke, AOC took swiftly to Twitter to dispel it.
Speaking Friday, Arsenal sought to dispel the rumor about the supposed loan move, reiterating that AOC will soon get games.
He is very close now and he will be used in the next six months for sure. He is working on [his defensive side], his urgency and his committed level as well.
When you are a young, talented player, you have to experience that talent is good, but that commitment at the top level is highly needed, too. He is an intelligent boy, he understands that, and I am very happy with him. I am confident that in the next few weeks he will play.
If you've been following YT and are baffled by his ostensible u-turn on transfer articles, check his recent articles for an explanation. Having lost his soul, he now writes in the third person, for example.
YT think he may never get another opportunity to share the following text with you; now may be a grand time to do so. It is from an unlikely place. He hopes you enjoy it.
[Rumor] is a little breeze,
a gentle zephyr
which insensibly, subtly,
lightly and sweetly,
commences to whisper.
Softly, softly, here and there,
it goes gliding, it goes rambling.
In the ears of the people,
it penetrates slyly
and the head and the brains
it stuns and it swells.
From the mouth re-emerging
the noise grows crescendo,
gathers force little by little,
runs its course from place to place,
seems like the thunder of the tempest
which from the depths of the forest
comes whistling, muttering,
freezing everyone in horror.
Finally with crack and crash,
it spreads afield, its force redoubled,
and produces an explosion
like the outburst of a cannon,
an earthquake, a whirlwind,
which makes the air resound.