You might think that on the face of it there is little for Arsenal fans to worry, assuming that Arsenal are still trying to complete the signing of Karim Benzema from Real Madrid that is. I mean, even if the Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that our Premier League rivals Manchester United are trying to muscle in on the deal are true, recent events suggest that they would fail.
But after Wayne Rooney did a brilliant impression of a striker that had been hypnotised so that he could not see where the goal was today, and United drew a boring blank at home to Newcastle United, there may well be a lot of plotting and planning going on behind closed doors at Old Trafford.
I would not be surprised if their chief executive and transfer guru Ed Woodward was to get a visit from a red faced and apoplectic Dutchman tomorrow, with the demand that United splash some serious cash again. Yesterday The Guardian were reporting that United were monitoring the Benzema situation but were not desperately looking to sign a striker, a bit like what Arsene Wenger is trying to make us believe.
But time is ticking and Rooney looks as rusty up front as a bike dragged out of the Thames after 10 years. So there may well be a significant sharpening of their interest and that could put Arsenal in trouble. It appears that there is no release clause in Benzema´s contract and that opens up the possibility of United trying to outbid us. That is possible, even though Arsenal are loaded, as Wenger hates to be made to spend more than he wants. So could our dream transfer be at risk from United?