So what Arsenal didn’t finish second in the Premier League this season and could still feasibly end up finishing fourth if they endure a horror show on the last day of the campaign, Gunners fans still have plenty to be excited about.
Not only has the second-half of the season quelled the anti-Arsene Wenger rebellion that was slowly beginning to come to the fore once again, but it’s shown that the new-look Arsenal are not to be messed with - unless you’re names Swansea City, if so then mess away.
With the summer transfer window looming large and plenty of topics to be discussed we hope you’ll enjoy today’s Arsenal roundup. Blending a mix of transfer news, advice from a former star and… more transfer news, there’s very little not to like.
Kicking off our roundup in classy style we turn to Arsenal’s favourite son, Thierry Henry. The Frenchman, now of course a prominent pundit for Sky Sports, has revealed that he believes Wenger’s recent comments on Liverpool star Raheem Sterling are evidence that he is ready to pay what the Reds are asking for so the Gunners can have him.
On top of that Henry said he’d like to see Sterling playing for his former club, which is high praise indeed considering the recent spat he’s been having with Olivier Giroud. In truth Sterling’s probably wanted by half of Europe and Arsenal will have tough competition for his signature.
“We know he is a Londoner,” he said.
“We all know Arsenal want him from what Arsene [Wenger] was saying yesterday [Tuesday]. “I think we all know that he is receiving bad advice. You can’t go out and talk about your contract in the press. You should respect the fans and club you play for.
“When I was young I had problem with Madrid and Monaco. Some guys put stuff in my head and it affected my game.
“You can blame the agent/advisor but you need to be a man and say ‘enough, you are destroying my life and my career’.
“He is a great product of Liverpool and for England and I’d be more than happy to see him at Arsenal.”
Could an affiliation to London and the guarantee of regular first-team football - one that might not be on offer at Manchester City or Chelsea - be enough? You’ll have to wait for the next chapter to find out.
Cech swap deal
Next up on the conveyor belt of, err..truth, is the rumour that Chelsea are willing to let Arsenal have Petr Cech this summer so long as either Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain becomes available to them in return.
The Blues are naturally highly protective of their veteran goalkeeper given how he’s not only a fan favourite but also a world-class performer, and so it seems unlikely Jose Mourinho will offer his consent to hand him over to a certified potential title rival.
That said sources have told the supremely reliable Sun newspaper that Stamford Bridge chiefs would be more willing if one of the two aforementioned Gunners were handed over as a sacrifice. It’s at this point we’ll issue a friendly disclaimer: Do not put your money on it happening.
We’ll finish off on with another transfer rumour that absolutely reeks of reliability. Barcelona are willing to let Pedro leave this summer for as little as £7 million and, what do you know, Arsenal are interested. The Spanish forward is out of contract in 2016 and supposedly Barca want to cash in on him as they boast the trio of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Arsenal fans, can you see any of this gossip coming to fruition? What do you think of the speculation? Let us know your thoughts and feelings in the comments box below.
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