On the face of it, anything that weakens one of Arsenal´s big Premier League rivals should be welcomed with a grin by us Gooners. And there is no doubt that Man United losing their Spanish international keeper David De Gea would be a big blow to Louis van Gaal and his team.
The media seem to think that De Gea will be off to Real Madrid in the summer, with some reports claiming that he has already agreed to the transfer. Not only would this weaken one of our big rivals for the title next season, it might affect De Gea for tomorrow´s crucial clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford tomorrow and it was his amazing performance that stopped us beating them at the Emirates back in November.
As long as the Gunners can avoid defeat against Man United tomorrow, we will also avoid those two pesky play off games and go directly into the Champions League group stage, so an off colour De Gea would be a big bonus for us. But there is a bad side to this transfer news as well.
Van Gaal has admitted this week that United are already preparing for his possible exit, as reported by the Daily Star, and have drawn up a lit of possible replacements. You just know that this list will have the same names on it as the one Arsene Wenger and his scouts have (hopefully) been compiling. And the fact that United have offered De Gea £200,000 a week tells me that if we go up against them for a transfer target, we will lose.
Who do you think will be the Arsenal number one next season?