They claim to be “In The Know”, but are they? – Part I – Tweets

We’ve all seen them, even if we didn’t care it was impossible to avoid them… ITKs. People who claim to have inside sources at a football club, people who claim to be BFF with football agents and/or claim to be related to football players. They get our hopes up and disappoint us.

I decided to save screencaptures of their tweets, just to see who was right/wrong at the end of the transfer window.

Here’s Part I – What did they tweet?

IndyKaila

I think every single one of us knows he’s a fraud by now. For those who aren’t quite convinced, here are just a few of Indy’s tweets:

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I don’t even know where to start… Let’s move on.

WayneGooney18/ABrokeDiaby

For those who’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that Ree wrote a post about WayneGooney18, also known as ‘abrokediaby’. In case you are not familiar with either one of these accounts -we all envy you- here are  a few tweets:

WayneGooney18:

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abrokediaby:

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So boys, where is Cesc? Or Higuaín/Rooney/Fellaini/Cesar?

In case you want to contact either WayneGooney18 or abrokediaby, both accounts are either deleted or suspended. I guess we’ll never know why Cesc didn’t join and why we never signed a striker…

OpinionDan

Some believe him, some don’t. Here’s a few of Dan’s tweets:

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Couple of things, it’s Higuaín* and you were right. The deal’s done, unfortunately not with Arsenal.
Both Rooney and Fellaini are playing for Manchester United this season.
Arsène Wenger confirmed we were actually in for Suárez*.
Unless Cesar changed his name to Viviano, I’m pretty sure that deal wasn’t done.

Agent Jim

Apparently Agent Jim is a young lad living in Tottenham, supporting Spurs and Ipswich and he’s not “ITK”, mind you I got this information from another ‘ITK’ so I’m not quite sure if this is true.

Anyway, Agent Jim didn’t have that much new information. Take a look at his tweets:

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If the ‘kid’ placed a bet on you not knowing what on earth you’re talking about, I think he won. Well done kiddo!

…at least he knows how to spell the names…
Oh wait, Higuaín*.

Ben Fairthorne

We all know this guy, right? If you don’t, you’re probably not on twitter. If you are and you somehow managed to avoid this guy, you deserve an award. Well done, take a bow!

Check out some of his tweets:

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Le sigh.
Keep up the good work Ben, you’re doing great!

HighburyStand

For your information, this guy claims to have Pat Rice in his list of contacts on his phone. Just so you know, here’s what his sources told him:

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Three things. 1. Who’s Gamez? 2. I think Gustavo really did prefer Wolfsburg 3. What happened to Suárez?

Nice try though,

ShereWillPower

You introduced me to this guy. Here are two of his tweets:

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WIlliams? No. Cesar? No. Nani? No. Gervinho? Yeah, he actually left.

DialSquare1886

Some of you believe this guy is trustworthy, others believe he’s worse than Indy. Some of you like him, others don’t.

Here are a few of his tweets:

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Is someone trying to be better than Geoff?

GeoffArsenal

Now that I’ve mentioned him anyway, let’s look at some of his tweets. Some people hate him, others love him. Some people believe he always has everything right, others believe he’s just talking. Here’s a few tweets from Geoff:

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Say whatever you want about Geoff, he’s always politically correct in his responses.

Others

There were more accounts claiming to have inside information. Here are a few tweets:

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Funny Moments

The Abou Diaby outside a mosque tweet:

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Opinion Dan versus O2:
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The Joey Barton to West Ham rumours:

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Oh and there was this wee argument between WayneGooney18 and OpinionDan:

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And people talking about it:

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Conclusion

I think it’s safe to say 99% do not have a clue what on earth they’re on about. Those who may have a guy on the inside make mistakes as well. Truth of the matter is, no deal is done until either the player, the club or the player’s former club confirmed it. Yes, speculation is fun and it keeps us all entertained, but is it really worth it? Do these guys really deserves this much attention? The worst part is we can’t seem to help ourselves, we want to believe their rumours so bad. I personally find most of the ITKs annoying as f*ck, yet after speaking to some of them, they were actually quite nice. Most of them think they actually have the power to change Arsenal’s plans, others genuinely believe this is the way to help fellow fans and to keep them updated and a few actually believe they know what’s going on, when they don’t.

It’s up to you if you still believe ITKs, or people who claim to be ITK. Please consider your heart and your feelings before making your decision and please realise that abuse is not the way to go. It doesn’t matter who it is, what they claim to be or why they do it, they are people and they don’t deserve to receive threats (and those who do, only deserve it because they’re challenging you and they want your attention, if you really hate them that much, don’t give them the attention).

Tonight will be Part II of the ITK saga, which will include your views on the matter
(you can still send an email with your views to ohtobeagoonerette@gmail.com)

More pictures will be added to the galleries throughout the weekend.

Thank you so much for all the RTs and Shares. Keep it up!
Thank you to everyone who’s sent me emails with screencaps, I am still trying to get through all of them -which is why more pictures will be added throughout the weekend- I received 1042 emails from you guys so far and hopefully even more after you read this post.

Don’t forget to vote on the polls!
Results will be posted in Part III (this Sunday) in which we’ll reveal who’s helped out with the screencaptures!

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Diary of a Gooner: Tuesday – July 30th, 2013

Frustrations, arguments and having a laugh. Today’s hottest topics? Real Madrid offered 85m+ for Bale, Suárez might join on a loan deal, Fàbregas is done(?) and Fellaini is out.

Let’s kick off with Real Madrid. They’ve lost it, I’m not even kidding. Remember the £80m offer for Bale? Yeah, they added £5m (or more). Remember when I said Tottenham rejected the first offer? Rumour has it they rejected this one as well. I know, it’s absolutely insane. Gooners and basically all football fans agreed that Bale’s great… Just not that great. I have to say, though I think you may have guessed this already, Spurs fans said it was too low… We all know they’re delusional.

Back to good ol’ Suárez. Latest rumour? He’ll be joining us on a loan deal, at least until we officially qualify for the Champions League. Gooners were divided. Some said it was absolutely outrageous, some said they were fine with it since it’s part of the release clause and others grabbed some popcorn and watched the fight between the first two.

Cesc Fàbregas deal is done, according to ITKs. Therefore Fellaini deal is off, according to ITKs. I think most Gooners have gotten to a point where we’re not gonna get our hopes up again, at least not about Cesc. However, some Gooners did react, saying that ITKs know sh*t, fangirling over Cesc or crying over Fellaini. Later tonight Barcelona played a friendly and apparently someone else was wearing Cesc’s number 4 kit. To be continued… I guess.

Some Gooners are going to boycot the new away kit, to send a message to the board. Okay, that’s one way to do it, sure. That wasn’t it though, they’re still going to buy tickets to the games. If anyone reading this was in on that idea, please explain to us how on earth that’ll get the message through to the board. Even if you boycot the games and don’t show up, yet still buy a ticket. The board won’t give a f*ck, you’re still buying the tickets aren’t you? Just so we’re all clear… If you want to boycot the new kit, enjoy yourselves. If you’re going to boycot the games, think again. Thousands of Gooners wish they could attend games. Not to mention our boys, you know the eleven lads on the pitch wearing Arsenal kits, need our support more than our board needs to get that message. Smartasses.

In other news, Koscielny says the 100% record in Asia helped breed confidence. – Podolski has a special noise. – Wilshere praised youngsters following the Asia Tour. – The Boss believes the Asia Tour has enhanced images of the club, worldwide. – Wilshere states the lads are ready for the Emirates Cup. – Sanogo and Cazorla trained with the first team. – All youth games will be played at Meadow Park, starting this season. – Arsenal youngsters played Leyton Orient tonight. They came back from two goal down. FT score: 4-4.

See you tomorrow!

@EvaMcL3

Diary of a Gooner: Sunday – July 28th, 2013

Fights, friendships and football. Today’s hottest topics? Are twitter’s ITK accounts actually ITK and Fàbregas.

Today kicked off with many Gooners turning against several twitter ITK accounts. Mainly because they woke up and realised it’s impossible that 1000+ people are “ITK” when it comes to Arsenal transfers, because they are fed up and done with the rumours, because the ITKs have been proven wrong several times or because they play with the emotions and feelings of Gooners. Some ITK accounts disappeared, whereas others hit back, either with more rumours or personal attacks. Some accounts decided to simply ignore it. For those who don’t know what “ITK” means, it means “In The Know”.

Transfer gossip: Suárez bid, Fellaini back in the picture, Fàbregas prefers Arsenal and won’t join Manchester United. I already discussed the reaction to the Suárez and Fellaini rumours yesterday and not much has changed, except for a few upset and angry Liverpool fans. Cesc Fàbregas rumours got a lot of reaction. Most Gooners simply don’t believe it’ll happen (this year), others are still praying. United fans are actually convinced Fàbregas will join their club, which pissed off a few Gooners and Barcelona fans got a bit annoyed as well.

Short update, it’s been a slow day and personal reasons. Apologies.

@EvaMcL3

Diary of a Gooner: Saturday – July 27th, 2013.

Wenger in, Wenger out. In, out, in out, shake it all about… Not funny? Okay, I’ll stop. Today’s hottest topics? Wenger’s press conference, Suárez, Bernard, Higuaín, Fellaini and Bale.

Wenger in v Wenger out. Today was a crazy day. How did this all start (again)? A press conference. The Boss answered questions, without actually answering questions and leaving a lot of room for speculation. What else is new? Gooners lost their minds after the press conference. Some because it showed that we had no ambition, some because it was the same old story, some because they know the Boss loves to play with the media and others because some Gooners showed their true colours. The In/Out debate continued and got a bit too personal at times. What did he mean? We’ll probably never know. The debate goes on and none of us know if/when we’ll announce a new signing.

Transfer news then. Stories: £42m bid for Suárez, Bernard off to Porto, Higuaín to Napoli and we’re back in for Fellaini. Reactions: £42m is outrageous!/We’re finally spending money! – Well at least we get to see Bernard and Higuaín at the Emirates (Emirates Cup)/How can Wenger screw this up?! – Oh Fellaini is nice, Premier League experience, would be a good signing!/Fellaini is sh*t, can’t believe Wenger, he just doesn’t want to win does he?!
Isn’t it lovely to see that whatever happens, people will always complain? Thought so.

So Bale. No, we’re not signing him. However, we do talk about him an awful lot. Why? Rumour has it Real Madrid offered £80m+(!!!!!!!) for him. Oh and get this, Tottenham rejected(!!!!!!!) the offer. Why do we care? Well, Bale is not worth 80m. Also, how on earth can a club like Tottenham reject an 80m offer?! Not to mention that we have an opinion on, quite literally, everything and we want everyone to know about it. Oh, and we pissed off Spurs fans, that’s always a nice extra.

In other news, the Asia Tour 2013 is officially over and our boys are home. – Joel Campbell is on loan at Olympiacos. – The Boss discussed about the changing nature of transfers (and (not) adding players to the team).

Talk to you tomorrow.

@EvaMcL3