This time last week all Arsenal fans had given up on signing the prolific Porto striker Jackson Martinez, with reports saying that the 28 year-old was just days away from agreeing to join AC Milan, but suddenly today Milan have decided to pull out of negotiations.
The Porto striker Jackson Martinez has been linked with Arsenal for nearly a year, but it was recently thought that the Gunners had lost any chance of signing him as his agent and his club had begun discussions with AC Milan regarding a move to Serie A.
The last time that Arsenal progressed from the first knockout stage into the quarter-finals of the Champions League was in 2009. The Gunners played the first leg at home and beat Roma by 1-0. The scores were reversed in the away leg and we needed penalties to go through but we did it and went on to the semi’s.
The possible transfer of Mario Balotelli has been one of the most repeated Arsenal transfer rumours of the summer. It is also one of the strangest, because the high maintenance Italy international just does not really fir with the usual sort of signing you would normally expect from Arsene Wenger.
If you have ever watched The Godfather, Arsenal fans, then you may be aware that the Italians, or the dodgy ones at least, can always make you an offer that you can’t refuse. But instead of waking up with a horse’s head under the bed sheets, Arsene Wenger could find himself with one of the world’s most talented strikers, in Mario Balotelli.
I must admit to being a bit baffled as to why Arsenal just stepped aside and allowed Liverpool to lead the race of Loic Remy. There was talk of his £80,000 a week wages being a problem for Arsene Wenger, but that is not a lot for a Premier League class striker these days.
Maybe it is just the way these things go in the media, but the Arsenal transfer rumours a couple of weeks ago were building to a crescendo about Mario Balotelli and it really did appear as if the controversial Italian was going to become an Arsenal player this summer.
As Arsenal fans were starting to get that old familiar summer feeling that is like being the shy kid at a school dance, nervously looking at the pretty girls from the sidelines but seeing the more confident lads move in and sweep them onto the dancefloor.