Playing Fact or Fiction with Latest Arsenal Summer Transfer Rumours

James McNicholasFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2013

Playing Fact or Fiction with Latest Arsenal Summer Transfer Rumours

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    There is such a plethora of transfer stories surrounding Arsenal at the moment that it is sometimes difficult to separate fact from fiction.

    The Gunners are widely expected to make a splash in the summer transfer window, but thus far have only dipped their toe in the water to sign young French striker Yaya Sanogo.

    Over the next few slides, we play detective to predict the truth or otherwise of various current Arsenal rumours.

Luis Suarez

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    Last week, bookmakers ceased taking bets on Luis Suarez joining Arsenal after a flurry of bets on the Uruguayan forward moving to the Emirates Stadium.

    According to The Sun, a series of big bets in Spain forced William Hill to close the market.

    Arsenal need a new striker, but would the Gunners really move for the Liverpool forward?

     

    Fact or fiction?

    Fiction.

    Gambling markets are not the most reliable indicator of a transfer story's authenticity. My suspicion is that Arsene Wenger is simply too ethical to sign a player with Suarez's controversial track record. 

Gareth Barry

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    The Daily Mail have suggested that Arsenal are considering a swoop for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry.

    The leaden-footed left-footer has just one year remaining on his City deal and would thus be available for a knockdown fee.

     

    Fact or fiction?

    Fiction.

    Barry will turn 33 this season. He is significantly older than Arsenal's most experienced midfielder, Mikel Arteta.

    Arsene Wenger may want to add a central midfielder, but he's more likely to look to bring in a player with the athleticism to afford Arteta an occasional rest. 

Gonzalo Higuain

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    Stories of Arsenal's interest in Gonzalo Higuain continue to circulate.

    The latest reports in The Telegraph suggest Arsenal have made no formal bid for Higuain. However, preliminary talks may still have taken place.

     

    Fact or fiction?

    Fact.

    Sometimes there's so much smoke that there simply has to be a fire.

    Arsenal badly need a centre-forward and Higuain fits the bill. 

Federico Marchetti

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    Having sold Vito Mannone to Sunderland, Arsenal have now been linked with a new Italian goalkeeper in Federico Marchetti—a player they were first linked to by The Telegraph way back in 2010.

    However, ESPN quote Marchetti as saying: "I know nothing about Arsenal. I'm having a holiday and only thinking about relaxing. And then there is the president, who knows what to do."

    If Arsenal are planning a move, it seems Marchetti is a little out of the loop.

     

    Fact or fiction?

    Fiction.

    If Marchetti were subject of an approach from Arsenal, he would probably talk it up in order to put pressure on Lazio to sell. 

Lars Bender

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    The Guardian claim that Arsenal have had a bid of £18.5 million for Lars Bender rejected.

    Having sold Andre Schuerrle to Chelsea and Dani Carvajal to Real Madrid earlier in the summer, Bayer Leverkusen are not under pressure to sell any of their stars. If the Gunners want to secure Bender, they will surely have to return with a bigger bid.

     

    Fact or fiction?

    Fact.

    Having loaned out Francis Coquelin and released Denilson, Arsenal will be looking for a powerful central midfielder with solid defensive instincts.

    Bender has the talent and the potential to justify a major outlay.