You have to feel sorry for Arsenal fans.
With Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all spending big money on new players this summer, they’re desperate for Arsene Wenger to splash some cash ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.
Wenger signed Granit Xhaka for £34 million before this summer’s European Championships got underway, but Arsenal fans want a new central defender - with Per Mertesacker potentially out for five months - and a reliable goalscorer to ease the burden on Olivier Giroud before the summer transfer window closes.
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They wouldn’t say no to another top-level attacking midfielder, either. Arda Turan has been linked with a move to the Gunners over recent weeks and excitement levels grew on Twitter earlier this week when an image showing the Turkey international in Arsenal training gear was posted online.
The image was a screenshot from a video - or so it seemed - with the official ‘Arsenal Player’ logo emblazoned on top of it.
It was an elaborate hoax
However, according to The Sun, it turned out to be nothing more than an elaborate hoax.
Someone with nothing better to do with their time expertly Photoshopped Arda’s head onto the body of an Arsenal player.
Another tweet showed the original image had been taken from an interview that Arda conducted with Atletico Madrid during his time at the Vicente Calderon.
It’s usually easy to tell when an image has been Photoshopped, but that wasn’t the case with this set of images.
Some Arsenal fans were fooled
And it fooled a number of Arsenal supporters into thinking the Barcelona star had signed for their club.
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Arda's future at Barcelona is uncertain
Arda endured a difficult debut season at the Camp Nou, not helped by the fact he was forced to miss the first half of the campaign due to Barcelona being banned from registering new signings until January 2016.
The 29-year-old then flattered to deceive at Euro 2016 - and was even booed by the Turkey fans against Spain during the group stages.
Arda was summoned back to pre-season training a week earlier than initially scheduled by Luis Enrique, amid reports the playmaker would be sold this summer.
Barcelona spent £41.7 million on Valencia’s Andre Gomes last month, intensifying speculation that Arda would be offloaded, but the Turk gave his manager some food for thought by scoring an excellent goal during Saturday’s 3-1 win over Celtic.
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