Mind-blowing numbers show how player hoarding is crippling AFC transfer ambition

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Very difficult to piece what the heck is going on with players this summer. Yeah, it’s a ‘heck’ kind of day here.

There seem to be many conflicting narratives rolling in the gossip ether, which either means there’s a grain of truth in all of it, or there’s a lot of misinformed nonsense going on at the same time.

Here are the narratives:

Alexis and Ozil haven’t signed so we can’t move on other names

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Changes that could help Arsenal beat stagnation

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“Oh man, you’re so damn angry all the time’

‘Why can’t you see the other perspective?’

*Clicks F365*

While March, April and May brought promises of war chests and lists of transfer targets produced by club-friendly journalists who were prepared to follow the Linguaphone mantra of listen, repeat and learn without questioning, June has brought the type of news vacuum that Arsenal specialise in just when supporters are so keen for progress. The key to comedy and tragedy is in the timing and practice, and Arsenal have strong suits in both.

Arsenal fans will remember a summer like this, when the potential departures of key players not only threatened to dent the quality of the first-team squad but also stopped the club from doing business. Six years ago, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas played the roles of Ozil and Sanchez. After months spent trying to persuade the pair that the grass away from the Emirates may not be greener, one left for Barcelona on August 15 and the other joined Manchester City on August 24. The similarities between Nasri and Sanchez – contract situation, pushing for move, potential destination, Arsene Wenger determined not to sell to a domestic rival – are striking.

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