This is the sort of Arsenal transfer rumour that used to send a chill down the spine of the average Gooner. But that was back in the lean years when the club was asking Arsene Wenger to somehow keep the team close to the top of the Premier League table and therefore in the lucrative Champions League.
In the years when Arsenal were not winning anything except our annual place in the Champions League group stage, Arsenal fans were understandably a bit miffed when Arsene Wenger spoke about the balance of the squad and about building for the future.
If his fears do prove correct, you would have to feel sorry for the Arsenal and England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. At 21-years old it would hardly represent his last chance to appear in a Wembley final but that might not be much of a consolation if his injury problems and lack of fitness lead Arsene Wenger to leave him out of the Arsenal squad for the FA cup final against Aston Villa.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may not be fit enough to face Man United on Sunday, but he was there in the starting XI when Arsenal had their hoodoo-breaking win in the FA Cup quarter-final two months ago. The youngster only managed 50 minutes before sustaining a hamstring injury and being replaced by Aaron Ramsey.
It is coming up to that time when Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans hold our collective breaths, cross our fingers and hope that none of the Gunners come back from the international break with an injury. But in one way this upcoming two week break in club football has come at a good time for Arsenal, as it coincides with the short spell on the sidelines that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is facing.
Okay Arsenal fans this it, the latest chance for the Gunners to take advantage of the struggles of our old enemy and get one over Manchester United. There is the small matter of a trip to Wembley for the FA cup semi-final as a prize as well.
The Arsenal team that won the Premier League season in 2004 without a single defeat have quite rightly got a big and possibly never to be rivalled position in the history books. The recent release of the video celebrating their amazing achievement has brought them back into the limelight recently and I hope that every current Arsenal player has watched it at least once.
Olivier Giroud had a mare when Arsenal played Monaco, but he redeemed himself a little by opening the scoring against Everton on Saturday. The young Oxlade-Chamberlain also acquitted himself well in the game, and the England international had nothing but praise for Giroud after the match.