Players Arsenal have been linked with

From Houssem Aouar to Wilfried Zaha, Philippe Coutinho and Thomas Partey, Arsenal have been linked with loads of players. Here are some of them.

The window is long this summer and that means the need to come up with players to link with Arsenal is going to throw up some really weird players…

Georginio Rutter

BELGRADE, SERBIA - APRIL 01: Georginio Rutter of France in action during the Elite Round Group B match between France U17 and Slovakia U17 at Stadium Zemun on April 1, 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
BELGRADE, SERBIA – APRIL 01: Georginio Rutter of France in action during the Elite Round Group B match between France U17 and Slovakia U17 at Stadium Zemun on April 1, 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

L’Equipe (via GFFN) report that Arsenal were one of the clubs to place an enquiry with Stade Rennais over Georginio Rutter this summer.

There are plenty of other clubs in the race for the teenager as things stand. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, AC Milan and Newcastle all join Arsenal in their pursuit of the France u18 international.

Thiago Alcantara – not happening

Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara (L) and Bayern Munich's German midfielder Joshua Kimmich celebrate after the German Cup (DFB Pokal) quarter-final football match Schalke 04 v FC Bayern Munich in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on March 3, 2020. (Photo by SASCHA SCHUERMANN / AFP) / DFB REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND QUASI-VIDEO. (Photo by SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP via Getty Images)
Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara (L) and Bayern Munich’s German midfielder Joshua Kimmich celebrate after the German Cup (DFB Pokal) quarter-final football match Schalke 04 v FC Bayern Munich in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on March 3, 2020. (Photo by SASCHA SCHUERMANN / AFP)

This rumour didn’t last long. It was in the papers and then denied within the space of about two days. Arsenal are not, apparently, in for Thiago Alcantara.

Felipe Anderson – might happen

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool is tackled by Felipe Anderson of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on February 24, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool is tackled by Felipe Anderson of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on February 24, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Arsenal reportedly want to take Felipe Anderson on loan from West Ham but the Hammers want a permanent sale.

Houssem Aouar – might happen

Lyon's French midfielder Houssem Aouar celebrates after scoring the opener during the French Cup quarter-final football match between Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille at the Groupama stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, central eastern France on February 12, 2020. (Photo by ROMAIN LAFABREGUE / AFP)
Lyon’s French midfielder Houssem Aouar celebrates after scoring the opener during the French Cup quarter-final football match between Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille at the Groupama stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, central eastern France on February 12, 2020. (Photo by ROMAIN LAFABREGUE / AFP)

Arsenal have reportedly held talks over the signing of Houssem Aouar with more planned.

Ousseynou Ba – not happening

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal FC is tackled by Pape Abou Cisse and Ousseynou Ba of Olympiacos FC during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Arsenal FC and Olympiacos FC at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal FC is tackled by Pape Abou Cisse and Ousseynou Ba of Olympiacos FC during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Arsenal FC and Olympiacos FC at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

A player who was lined with us after we played Olympacos, what happened with that?

Enis Bardhi – not happening

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 20: Enis Bardhi of Levante UD celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Liga match between RCD Espanyol and Levante UD at RCDE Stadium on June 20, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN – JUNE 20: Enis Bardhi of Levante UD celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Liga match between RCD Espanyol and Levante UD at RCDE Stadium on June 20, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Another random player we were meant to have made an offer for or showed interest in that popped up and then vanished.

Diego Carlos – not happening

Sevilla's Brazilian midfielder Diego Carlos celebrates at the end of the Spanish League football match between Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on July 9, 2020. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP) (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)
Sevilla’s Brazilian midfielder Diego Carlos celebrates at the end of the Spanish League football match between Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on July 9, 2020. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP) (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Another Arsenal were said to be tracking.

Philippe Coutinho  – not happening

MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 21: Philippe Coutinho of Bayern Muenchen looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and SC Paderborn 07 at Allianz Arena on February 21, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 21: Philippe Coutinho of Bayern Muenchen looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and SC Paderborn 07 at Allianz Arena on February 21, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A strong rumour at the start of the window that has died down significantly following Raul Sanllehi’s departure.

Amadou Diawara – might happen

FLORENCE, ITALY - DECEMBER 20: Amadou Diawara of AS Roma reacts during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and AS Roma at Stadio Artemio Franchi on December 22, 2019 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, ITALY – DECEMBER 20: Amadou Diawara of AS Roma reacts during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and AS Roma at Stadio Artemio Franchi on December 22, 2019 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Seen as a replacement for Lucas Torreira or a back-up to Thomas Partey, depending on where you do your reading.

Abdoulaye Doucouré – no idea

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on March 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on March 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Same as above.

Joelson Fernandes – not happening

Joelson Fernandes (Photo via A Bola)
Joelson Fernandes (Photo via A Bola)

Another we were heavily linked with until his agent said it was all nonsense.

Thomas Partey – might happen

Alaves' Spanish midfielder Pere Pons (R) challenges Atletico Madrid's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey during the Spanish League football match between Atletico Madrid and Alaves at the Wanda Metropolitan stadium in Madrid on June 27, 2020. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP) (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)
Alaves’ Spanish midfielder Pere Pons (R) challenges Atletico Madrid’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey during the Spanish League football match between Atletico Madrid and Alaves at the Wanda Metropolitan stadium in Madrid on June 27, 2020. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)

Arsenal are still dreaming of having a Partey.

Andrea Petagna – not happening

FERRARA, ITALY - JULY 09: Andrea Petagna of SPAL reacts during the Serie A match between SPAL and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Paolo Mazza on July 09, 2020 in Ferrara, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
FERRARA, ITALY – JULY 09: Andrea Petagna of SPAL reacts during the Serie A match between SPAL and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Paolo Mazza on July 09, 2020 in Ferrara, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

A random link that won’t go anywhere and you can see here why.

Aaron Ramsey – not happening

TURIN, ITALY - JANUARY 19: Aaron Ramsey of Juventus FC looks on during the Serie A match between Juventus and Parma Calcio at Allianz Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
TURIN, ITALY – JANUARY 19: Aaron Ramsey of Juventus FC looks on during the Serie A match between Juventus and Parma Calcio at Allianz Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Told by Juventus he can leave, many want him to come back. It’s not a good idea.

Daniele Rugani – not happening

FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Daniele Rugani of Italy poses during the official portrait session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on September 4, 2018 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 04: Daniele Rugani of Italy poses during the official portrait session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on September 4, 2018 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Mentioned only in terms of a swap with Hector Bellerin.

Wilfried Zaha – not happening

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace battles for possession with Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 11: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace battles for possession with Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Wanted by Unai Emery when the club bought Nicolas Pepe, he was back being linked again this summer even though Emery has gone and Zaha’s price is still stupid.

There have, of course, been others, but some, like Lionel Messi, are just too nonsensical to be bothered with.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal shoots at goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on December 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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KAZAN, RUSSIA - JULY 05: Paulinho recovers with the physiotherapist Bruno Mazziotti during a Brazil training session ahead of the the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Brazil and Belgium at Tsentralny Stadium on July 5, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Arsenal goalkeeping coach Ianki Cana Pavon with new signing Alex Runarsson during a training session at London Colney on September 21, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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Runa Runarsson via Arsenal

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SANTA CLARA, CA - MARCH 23: Goal keeper Runar Alex Runarsson #24 of Iceland looks on at half time of their match against Mexico at Levi's Stadium on March 23, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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Lyon's French midfielder Houssem Aouar celebrates after scoring the opener during the French Cup quarter-final football match between Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille at the Groupama stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, central eastern France on February 12, 2020. (Photo by ROMAIN LAFABREGUE / AFP)

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ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on September 04, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: <> during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Calum Chambers of Arsenal battles for the ball with Jack Robinson of Nottingham Forest during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal FC and Nottingham Forrest at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on September 04, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 21: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal FC at Villa Park on July 21, 2020 in Birmingham, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Rui Vieira/Pool via Getty Images)

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CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 29: David Raya of Brentford celebrates his sides second goal scored by Bryan Mbeumo of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Brentford at the Cardiff City Stadium on February 29, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Chuba Akpom during PAOK's 4-0 win over OFI Crete on Sunday 27th January 2019, via PAOKFC.gr

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