Some say reporting on transfer speculation is a fine art, a delicate skill that requires reading between the lines and making astute assumptions.

Others, including myself, would strongly disagree, and argue that the vast majority of transfer reports are made on guess-work and the requirement to sell newspapers.

And just to prove my point, we at Football FanCast have compiled a list of SIX ridiculous rumours involving Premier League leaders Arsenal that have regularly spawned in the backpages since summer deadline day, purely in a bid to keep us interested until the transfer window reopens.

CLICK ON KARIM BENZEMA TO REVEAL ARSENAL’S SIX ‘MOST ABSURD’ TRANSFER RUMOURS SINCE THE SUMMER

Karim Benzema