Toulouse right back Serge Aurier, 21, to join Arsenal despite interest from super-rich French clubs Monaco and PSG (The Sun).
Manchester United will compete with the Gunners to sign France midfielder Maxime Gonalons, 25 (TalkSport).
Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Dynamo Kiev midfielder Younes Belhanda, 24, after the player said he was “dreaming” of a move to the Premier League (Metro).
Oh, and someone somewhere has started a cheeky rumour which suggests Nacho Monreal, Thomas Vermaelen, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud could all be on their way out in the summer….
Onto some serious stuff:
Arsenal at Wembley.
Those words should fill us with feelings of excitement, anticipation and visions of glory.
But doesn’t for me, it just reminds me of the many occasions that I’ve slogged away from the stadium, back down Wembley Way, whilst listening to the distant celebrations with an empty feeling in the pit of my stomach… Many of you will have shared those feelings of anguish, ones which lasted the entire summer.
Wembley is not a lucky ground for Arsenal. It’s a stadium where the ghosts of Hugh Ferguson, Don Rodgers, Alan Clarke and Rodger Osborne haunt our memories and trample on our dreams.
The Over the Line FACup Final of 1932, the injury ravaged team that ended the 1952 FACup Final with seven fit players, narrowly losing 1-0, the Trevor Brooking ‘once in a lifetime’ headed goal that robbed an exhausted Arsenal team in 1980 and who could ever forget the stumbling Gus Ceasar in 1988…
Lucky ground? My Arse-nal….
Even the Champions League experiment for two seasons saw Arsenal lose three of their six home games. It was a disaster in terms of results and we soon switched back to Highbury…
And who recalls Arsenal’s first ever FACup Semi-Final at Wembley vs Tottenham in 1991. The Champions elect who won the 1990-91 title losing only one game, somehow managed to lose 3-1 to our bitterest rivals…
Wembley jinx? A bigger jinx than even Scott From Oz… Yes, hard to believe… :-)
Those defeats linger long and hard in the memory bank and the Press never let us forget them either as they lap up every reversal with glee… And then remind us that our last trophy was 2005…
An FA Cup Semi-Final defeat to Chelsea in 2009 and that excruciatingly painful last minute defeat to Birmingham in 2011 remain the most recent visits to the New Wembley. New Stadium, same site, same kick in the Goolies for us Gooners!
God help us if we ever again reach the Champions League Final and it’s at Wembley. I think I’ll check into a monastery for the duration…
Of course it’s not been all doom and gloom, I’m just being a bit miserable. You know, having a Wath moment. ;-)
Charlie George and Charlie Nicholas remain my fondest memories from that dump in North-West London. Tony Adams heading the only goal in the 1993 ‘revenge’ FACup S/F. Steve Morrow and Andy Linighan in the same year. Marc Overmars & Nicholas Anelka in 1998, whilst Alan Sunderland brought me from the depths of despair to unbridled joy in 1979.
Arsenal thrashing Tottenham 4-0 in the Makita Cup when Brian Marwood took them to the cleaners, I loved that day…
Alex James, Reg Lewis, Paul Merson, Ian Wright, Jack Lambert, David Price, Frank Stapleton, all scored for winning Arsenal cup final teams, so there is hope….
It isn’t going to be easy against Wigan, remember Man City, twice…
It’s never easy for Arsenal at Wembley, but this time it just has to be our day.
Written by BrainwashedKev