Arseblog News can’t be the only ones who were surprised this weekend by news that Arsenal apparently want to sign West Bromwich Albion’s Youssouf Mulumbu.
Tidy, combative player that he is, you’d say reinforcements in the centre of midfield are unlikely to be our highest priority come January when the transfer window opens. You know, because of Ramsey, Arteta, Wilshere, Flamini, Rosicky, Oxlade Chamberlain, Cazorla, Diaby, Zelalem … oh, and that fella Ozil.
Granted, Arsene collects midfielders like dogs collect anecdotes about bum sniffing, but it’s unlikely.
Anyway, back to Mulumbu. The 26-year-old midfielder, formerly of Paris Saint Germain and a regular in the DR Congo national team, did an interview with France Football which was published on Saturday.
In it he talks about West Brom’s form, “we can do better”; the dropped points with Chelsea, “we weren’t mature enough,” and playing alongside Argentine Claudio Yacob, “he gives me more freedom to go forward.”
He also talks of his ambitions for the future: “It’s a family club, I’ve been here five years but I’ve spoken to the manager and board and they’re aware of my ambitions for the future. If I have the opportunity to go to a bigger club, I will. I owe them a lot, but I went to get to a level where I play in the Europa League or Champions League.”
Then asked if he could leave the club in January, he talks of “being ready for a top four club” and that “Yes, some clubs have made enquiries with West Brom.”
France Football, ask directly about whether Arsenal are interested. The reply appears quite passive.
“There’s been an approach, but I don’t dwell on it. I leave that to the club and my agent. All I can do is keep playing well and there’ll be more who want me.”
The Mirror, talkSPORT, Football 365, Goal.com, FourFourTwo and alike all ran with headlines about Mulumbu wanting to secure a switch to a bigger club.
Then The Sun (paywalled) got involved with the title “Baggies Yousless” (bit OTT?) and claimed Arsenal were lining up a move.
It wasn’t enough for The Mirror to run the story once though. Obviously the first time it didn’t get enough hits, so they ran it again, this time whacking Arsenal as the lead angle. The authors were Chris Richards and Alex Richards respectively … presumably conjoined twins who aren’t talking to each other?
The Metro sniffing some cheap traffic followed suit (they can’t help themselves), while Goal.com (their second article on the issue) and Clubcall (remember them?) also got involved. The gossip sections on BT Sport and the Guardian gave the Gunners angle further publicity.
By this point blogs appeared on what Mulumbu could bring Arsenal (Sabotage Times – who’d also run the same story about why he’d be good for Liverpool) and why Arsenal don’t need him (Bleacher Report) …
One comment. One off the cuff comment replying to a leading question in a French magazine.
It’s 1 December. I guess what we’re trying to say is the transfer rumour mill is grinding into fifth gear and as usual it’s mostly all a load of guff.