Arsenal make the daunting trip to Italy today to take on Italy’s most in-form team in AC Milan, while our team has hit record lows of late.
I can remember Arsenal being linked with this Serie A striker when he was just making a name for himself at the age of 17 after breaking through into the first team of the French club Caen after three years in the youth system. In fact M’Baye Niang actually came to us and Premier League rivals Tottenham and Everton for a trial in the summer of 2012 but he ended up signing for the Italian club AC Milan instead.
I cannot help but feel a bit sorry for the France international right back Mathieu Debuchy, whose move to Arsenal from Newcastle United has been nothing short of a disaster. A lot of these troubles have been no fault of his own, with a number of injury problems and the rapid emergence of the young Spaniard Hector Bellerin wrecking his chances of being a first team regular, but his own attitude about the situation has not helped either.
The turmoil that Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Chelsea have been going through ever since the Gunners beat them to lift the Community Shield at the start of the season, and which culminated this week with the parting of ways between the club and their manager Jose Mourinho will probably have given Arsene Wenger a certain amount of private pleasure.
To paraphrase a Johnny Cash song, Arsenal are NOT going to Jackson, and Jackson Martinez is not going to Arsenal, as the prolific Porto front man is apparently on the verge of agreeing a transfer to play for the Serie A club AC Milan.