In the week after one of the greatest players ever to grace the pitch for Arsenal Football Club lost one of his records in English football, and to a player from the old enemy Manchester United to boot, it is good to hear that another Arsenal star is on target to equal the record of another of the Red Devils.
I did not realise at the time, and apparently neither did he, but when Wayne Rooney profited from a lucky rebound off the bar to score the only goal of the game to give United a jammy win at Liverpool, it took him past the Arsenal great Thierry Henry in terms of Premier League goals for a single club.
The fact that it took Shrek 358 EPL games to score his 176 for United at a rate of 0.49 while Henry scored his 175 in just 258 EPL matches at a ratio of 0.68, still by far the best ratio of all the top Premier League scorers, is some comfort I suppose and proves the Frenchman was the better striker.
What would make me feel even better, though, is if Petr Cech can match the achievement of one of Old Trafford’s all time favourites Eric Cantona. A Sky Sports report reveals that Cantona is the only player ever to win back to back titles in England with different clubs but that could be about to change if the former Arsenal keeper helps Arsenal to the trophy this season.
The way the keeper is playing he is giving himself a great chance. It is a remarkable feat and has only been done four times in the history of European club football, with Pirlo, Laudrup and Baggio joining Cantona. Is the new Arsenal number one set to become number five?