I really hope it is Arsenal, but there could be a few clubs involved in these transfer talks with Southampton, with at least two Premier League rivals having been linked fairly heavily with the France international star Morgan Schneiderlin this summer.
The Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has been hugely impressive this term, highlighted by his inclusion in SkySports Team of the Season So Far, picked at the mid-way point in the season. His performances in the two previous seasons with the Saints has also proved that he is ready to play at a higher level.
Arsenal have got the impetus now and are looking in a pretty strong position to get that Wenger trophy once more, although if the Gunners can win two more games at Wembley we might have to think about calling the FA cup the Wenger trophy.
The big German Per Mertesacker was our captain in Arsenal’s humiliating defeat at Tottenham on Saturday and by rights should be accepting some of the responsibility for allowing Harry Kane to punish us twice. Arsene Wenger clearly blamed the Gunners defence after the game, but Mertesacker thinks that we didn’t defend badly, and prefers to name other (rather cryptic!) factors for the loss.
It is always hard to feel anything positive when Arsenal lose. And when that loss comes at the hands of our old enemies from north London then it is even harder to take. And maybe we have got a little too complacent after beating the spuds in all three games last season, so this was a real kick in the teeth.
It was a great year for Arsenal in the FA cup on the road to Wembley. The fact that it all culminated in the Gunners picking up our first major trophy for nine long years obviously helped, but there were some great moments along the way as well.
I must admit that I was more than surprised to see that the Arsenal team sheet for the Premier League home game against Hull City on Saturday did not include the name of Lukas Podolski, not even as a substitute. After the German striker had complained about his lack of time on the pitch this season and the injury to Mesut Ozil, I expected it to be the other way around.
The youngster Calum Chambers has been a revelation since arriving at Arsenal from Southampton in the summer, despite the occasional youthful over-eagerness he seems to have won over the Arsenal fans purely by his style of playing. Yesterday was his first taste of the big local derby against Tottenham and he wasn’t overawed by the big game atmosphere – in fact he loved the way the fans got behind the team even when we went behind.