As the football gets closer, the rumours get dafter, so we spend our days combing through the nonsense so you don’t have to.

In actual news, new boy Takuma Asano gave a lovely interview with FIFA ahead of the Olympics in which he talks through his decision making process ahead of agreeing to sign for Arsenal.

Kelechi Nwakali is now finally an Arsenal player, Wojciech Szczesny has already been waving his new Roma scarf around as his loan was confirmed and Gabriel returned to training.

The Arsenal u19s reached the final of the Durban Cup, a trophy they are hoping to retain, the ladies are aiming for another Conti Cup semi-final and Josephine Henning watched on from the bench as Germany won their opening Olympics game in style.

In the space of the last 24 hours, all of the players Arsenal have been linked with have continued to be linked while media outlets across the globe scramble to make nothing seem like an update.

There was one curious development on Thursday, with the press in Lyon saying that both Arsenal and Alexandre Lacazette are both getting fed up with the rumours as there is no truth to them.

This turn not only puts a dent in those who have been claiming Arsenal are bidding, bidding BIDDING for him, but also those who claimed we only wanted Mauro Icardi as a backup plan to Lacazette.

Oh, Icardi’s wife and agent is back in London again, so look out for the vast amount of nonsense that is sure to come from that.

We might have bid for Bruno Peres and we might be considering another bid. We probably haven’t and aren’t because I’m refusing to believe anything that reads like Arsenal have sent out an advance bulletin informing the press of what exactly their intentions are in this window.

Weirdly, we could be set to thank Tony Pulis who might do us a favour with Jonny Evans in a rumour that refuses to die. Blaise Matuidi is back in the papers as an option for the club, although it’s highly unlikely given Arsenal already have 4002 midfielders at the club. Showing that they were simply rehashing an old story, they said we wanted him because we wanted to add steel to our midfield.

They are wrong. We don’t need steel. We already got us some Granit.

Draxler has a release clause, but not until next year. We might want him then but we don’t this summer and, finally, Thomas Vermaelen has an offer from Liverpool that he’s mulling over.

Looks like the Premier League has a second home for old, broken, former Arsenal players.

Whatever will Tottenham do now?