It feels like we are on the cusp of some positive news in the transfer market.
Speculation over the last few days that Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal with Yannick Carrasco has increased over the weekend. There has also been a lot of talk over Celtic left back Kieran Tierney and Sampdoria duo Joachim Anderson and Dennis Praet.
At the moment it is really hard to tell the difference between genuine links to players, and those which have just come journalists trying to make a name for themselves, or bloggers / clickbait websites that are interest in increasing traffic over reporting the truth.
I am writing this at 7:25 in the morning and already NewsNow there are 20 Arsenal related stories in the last 4 hours. 20 are about transfers. 13 different players are mentioned. 11 of the 20 stories come from the same 3 sources.
This is not a single blogger sitting there pumping up a lot of content for $1 per 1,000 hits. It is (alleged) news websites and mainstream newspapers. The likes of the Daily Express, Football.London and the The Sport Review.
Add in the attention seekers on Twitters – those accounts that pretend to be ITK, and those that spend all day copy and pasting NewsNow headlines onto their accounts and the Arsenal news sphere becomes a really crowded place.
It is perhaps best, therefore, to take a step away. Do not check NewsNow every morning, don’t follow those Twitter accounts. Instead read your daily blogs that provide decent content. The likes of Gunnerstown or ArseBlog. Follow journalists who only speak when something is actually happening, rather than deal in speculation. David Ornstein and Amy Lawrence. And do not jump on every rumour like it is real.
Things are happening at Arsenal and from tomorrow we can begin officially signing players from abroad.
Deals are being worked on, they will be completed in the coming weeks. But what those deals are, no one really knows outside of Unai Emery and Raul Sanllehi’s inner circle.
With the lack of real Arsenal news, the official club website has taken it upon itself to run a load of headline stories about the women’s game.
The ladies won the league last season and, with the women’s world cup currently on, it is some really good exposure for the game.
Finally, a reminder that season ticket renewals are due today.