David Ornstein: Arsenal Transfer Guru and Golf Caddy For Alan Shearer

This article goes out to all Arsenal fans! David Ornstein is a loved man in North London and has a reputation as the most reliable transfer guru there is for the Gunners.

After 12 years at the1 BBC as a sports correspondent and journalist, David moved to join the Athletic last year. Furthermore, he has a 560k followers on Twitter and Instagram, Twitter being his main platform to post transfer news.

David writes about everything there is to know about Arsenal, and about general news around the Premier League as well. He’s also active on his own podcast called “The Ornstein & Chapman podcast.”

One of many David Ornstein memes. Source: @olivierkgooner Twitterpage


When David was younger, he was a terrible student. His grades were poor, and he constantly skipped classes. This was a direct result of him playing football, watching games or playing them on consoles instead of doing homework.

Even worse was during the international breaks, when he would even skip classes for days in a row!

He would just stand outside hotels for hours where Alan Shearer, David Beckham and the rest of the England squad used to sleep, in order to ask for autographs and photos.

But it gets better than this! As you might know by now, David was completely captivated by the England squad, and especially Alan Shearer.

David used to climb fences and work his way through nestle infested woods, just so he could ask Alan Shearer if he could be his golf caddy and carry his gear for 18 holes!


David Ornstein’s obsessions for football didn’t make him any better than a decent footballer. He used to work out with the youth ranks of Chelsea Football Club, but for David that’s where it stopped.

Even though he didn’t progress any further than Chelsea’s youth team, it led to something very special.

On the way back and forth from every training and everywhere he walked around the house, he listened to Capital Gold radio and their sports coverage.

“Capital Gold Radio set me on the path where I am today,” said Ornstein.

Captivated from football and Capital Gold, David was able to get some work experience in journalism, and from there he eventually made his way to becoming an Athletic journalist and the Arsenal transfer guru.


His first writing experience was with the Capital, this led him to take a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University.

After that he took several unpaid internship placements, such as a trainee for The Guardian, a brief spell freelancing and a bunch of different positions during his 12 years at BBC.

Over the year, Ornstein has been rightfully praised and you could easily say that he more often than not is right with his transfer window updates.

Almost every Arsenal deal that has been made in the last couple of years, has been on either David’s Twitter feed or on his podcast.

The most recent ones were during the January transfer window. He revealed Cedric Soares from Southampton to Arsenal, Pablo Mari to Arsenal from Flamengo and that Fredrik Ljungberg will stay in Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff.

Arsenal’s head coach, Mikel Arteta.


Well, for a football journalist that’s almost impossible, because things change so quickly in the transfer market.

But there is no doubt that’s David Ornstein is a popular man at Arsenal, so popular that they’ve turned David into a cult hero. You don’t get that popular with too many misses!

He has a few misses though, such as in summer of 2012 when he told Arsenal fans that Robin Van Persie was keen on staying at Arsenal, but as we now know, Robin Van Persie left for Manchester United that same summer.

Another one was in 2011 when he told Arsenal supporters that the deal with Arteta was completely OFF, but just hours later the deal was on and he signed for Arsenal hours later.

A more recent one is back in November when he told the Arsenal supporters that Unai Emery had a 100% support from the board, and that he most likely will stay head coach for Arsenal until at least the summer.

Although it was probably true at the time, that support from the board didn’t last long at all!

But even with a couple of misses, few journalists have proven as reliable as David Ornstein, and he rightly stands head and shoulders above every other Arsenal journalist.

Daley Blind during a Manchester United game, is he on his way to Arsenal?

Daley Blind during a Manchester United game, is he on his way to Arsenal?


David has already made some exciting predictions for the future, Todd Cantwell being the liveliest. Rumour has it that Manchester City, Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool are all interested in the young Norwich player.

Another recent transfer rumour might come as a shocker for many Arsenal fans, as they are reportedly interested in signing a former Manchester United defender.

According to David, that player is none other than Daley Blind from Ajax. Daley Blind just came back from a heart surgery, but he has played pretty well in the Netherlands.

We’ll leave it up to debate if it’s a good signing or not for Arsenal, but we can safely say that no matter what, Arsenal needs a solid centre back, and David Ornstein will probably be the first to tell you if the pursuit is on or not.


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