Over the years, Arsenal fans have learned not to get too excited about transfer rumours. With supporters eagerly expecting incomings having spent nothing in January, any addition would likely be welcome at the Emirates Stadium.
However, judging by the reaction to this, that could not be said for one player in particular.
Last winter, Ivan Perisic was linked with a move to North London as Unai Emery searched for a wide player to join the ranks.
Perisic had not long led Croatia towards a World Cup final – in which he scored – but failure to secure a deal with Inter Milan saw Emery plump for the disappointing Denis Suarez instead.
But when asked if they would welcome the £27m-rated winger to the club this summer, fans were pretty unequivocal in their response – no thanks.
Arsenal are still thought to be chasing a wide midfielder in the transfer market – with talks reportedly ongoing for 25-year-old Belgian Yannick Carrasco – who was also said to be under consideration in the previous window.
However, Gunners supporters would be far from pleased if Emery revisited another former target – with his age, price tag and the need for a defender leading the fans’ case against the Croat:
No way. 2 seasons ago yes for sure. And arsenal were right, even if we had the money, he was never worth £30m at the time. We can and must look at a higher calibre of player without getting taken advantage of.
— Robin (@robin_grant_85) June 11, 2019
no no no no no
— Justin Arsenal (@JustinArsenal2) June 11, 2019
It wouldn’t help us in any way whether we sign him or not
— ???????????????? (@_sadiqahmad) June 12, 2019
— Dan (@Dan141997) June 11, 2019
He’s past his prime
Only a few good seasons left in him
— BryceOfWinterfell???????? (@Bryce_104) June 11, 2019
We do not want anyone of his age bracket-19-25 all we want.
— Uwazie Chijioke (@UwazieCjwaz2000) June 11, 2019
He a defender?
— George the Architect (@CostanzaArch) June 11, 2019
We shouldnt. We should be targeting younger players like Ziyech
— The Arsenal Prodigy (@ProdigyArsenal) June 11, 2019
— Ash (@AshingtonUK) June 11, 2019