Unless you consider the chance to beat your local rivals again a bit of good luck, Arsenal will not be too happy with our first draw in the Capital One Cup. Not only have we drawn a Premier League club in our north London rivals Tottenham, but we will have to go to White Hart Lane in a few weeks.
If nothing else this confirms that Arsenal are actively looking for a striker, but the strangest part of this interview is that Clinton N’Jie chose to move to White Hart Lane instead of the Emirates for the reason that Tottenham are the club to give young players a chance to shine rather than Arsenal!
Stranger things have happened in football, but this one does seem on the face of it to be up there with Arsenal signing Sebastien `the squid´ Squillaci or Chelsea deciding to give the goal shy Radamel Falcao another season in the Premier League.
There are many reports saying that Fernando Llorente’s agent is in London for talks with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, although Man United and Real Madrid (really?) are also said to be in the running, with the Gunners being favourites to sign the out-of-favour Juventus failure for a fee of around £8.5m.
As usual the transfer window is very frustrating for Arsenal fans, with very little in the way of solid information forthcoming from the Gunners camp. Oh to be a Liverpool fan, with nine signings already, including Benteke, who I wouldn’t have minded at Arsenal…. but I digress.
This could finally be the year that Arsenal falter and our mighty rivals Tottenham, from down the road, come steaming up on the outside to pip Arsenal at the post. And the thing that is going to herald this long awaited (by the Spuds anyway) transfer of power in North London? The transfer of Petr Cech.
Arsenal are not the only club that is said to be interested in the Southampton and France star Morgan Schneiderlin. Despite the fact that there have been Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with the all round midfielder for over a year now, our Premier League rivals Man United and Tottenham are also rumoured to be very keen on signing him this summer.
Although Arsenal fans were able to celebrate St. Totteringham’s day nice and early this year, with our north London rivals never even looking like they would give us a run for our money in the second half of last season, the spuds did come out on top in the head to head battle.