It should not have come as a surprise to anyone that Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette would find himself the subject of transfer speculation following a brilliant season for the Gunners.
Arsenal keeper Petr Cech will return to his former club Chelsea as sporting director after the Europa League final at the end of this month according to reports in the British media today.
It was hardly a surprise but the timing of the appointment does raise a very significant question.
Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is fast becoming one of the most speculated players this summer, however, the huge price valuation slapped on him by his club is putting potential suitors off.
One of those suitors is our bitter rivals Tottenham but it is now being reported that they are no longer in the race to sign the Ivory Coast international because of that reported high valuation.
Arsenal football club have confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the Europa League final, not because he is injured but because his safety cannot be guaranteed.
This shocking decision is purely the fault of UEFA and sets a dangerous precedent for future games at all levels under the auspices of Europe’s governing body.
I know that a lot of Arsenal fans disagree vehemently with the decision by Stan Kroenke not to inject massive funds into the club but long term it is the only way.
The club has to become self-sufficient, that means making a profit on transfers, bringing through youth, controlling wages, doing the right sponsorship deals and of course, success on the field of play.
The winds of change are blowing through the Emirates and some very hard decisions are set to be made by Arsenal football club including the possible sale of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.
When you get high-quality matchups between two top class teams as we have in this season’s Europa League final and Champions League final, you do not need to bet to enjoy the game but the combination of your team winning the match and picking up a wad of cash from the bookies does add that little something extra to the excitement of the occasion.
The Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday, May 29th will see Arsenal and Chelsea face off against each other and for one it will represent a successful conclusion to an inconsistent season, while for the other it will compound what can only be classed as a season of disappointment.