You just know that when Arsenal get close a to a new signing that Tottenham will be sniffing around in the background ready to take advantage of any opening that we provide for them.
It is being reported that Spurs are looking to pounce on St Etienne defender William Saliba. They would not be in a position to do so if we had already agreed on a fee with the Ligue 1 outfit but such is the Arsenal way of doing transfer business.
In fact, I am just waiting for the headlines claiming that our bitter rivals have decided they like the look of Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and will be making a bid.
You cannot blame Tottenham, they sit back and see developments unfold, get to know the price and see Arsenal dithering and then bang, in they go.
We would do exactly the same if the shoe was on the other foot but it simply does not have to be that way.
It does not mean we pay exorbitant fees and be blackmailed but if we know how much a club wants, if we think that is a fair price then just get it bloody done, stop the haggling.
The only purpose all this messing around serves is to notify the others clubs what we are doing and we are not in a position to be losing quality cheapish players because of our negotiating style.
Like I say, wait for it, Tottenham make a move for Kieran Tierney, you just know it’s coming.