Quick catch up on the gossip today…
First up is Bacary Sagna. He’s a doubt for Sunday’s clash against West Brom according to The Mirror having suffered a knee injury and only has a 50/50 chance of being fit. This is a new one as less than 24 hours ago Arsene Wenger confirmed that we have no new injuries after Monday nights match against Newcastle.
Arsene Wenger also confirmed that Kieran Gibbs is likely to be back for our final league fixture of the season.
If this story about Sagna is true, I hope he’s not risked as the FA Cup final is not far off and we need him fit for that big day and if he is off at the end of the season, I hope it’s with a cup final winners medal. That’s for another day though.
Talking of Sagna, headlines in the football pages suggest he’s ready to sit down and discuss a move to Manchester City as soon as the season ends. Again, a great shame if true but that’s what happens when a club and player allow a contract to run down.
Onto another Frenchman and this one could be on his way in to the club. That’s Loic Remy and according to FootballDirectNews, the player has held a second meeting with folk at Arsenal and a deal could be in place before the World Cup kicks off. Remy will of course be in Rio representing his country together with Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema.
I know it’s paper talk, but I honestly believe there is some truth in the Remy story, and good old ‘Arry dropped a hint yesterday about how we could activate the players £12 million get out clause. If it happens, there’s bound to be a large number of fans left disappointed with the striker who has scored 13 goals in 25 league games for Newcastle. I’m sure he’s double that tally with us….
The Telegraph believe that we are ready to battle with our nasty neighbours for the Ajax central defender Joel Veltman. With Thomas Vermaelen strongly linked to a summer departure the 22 year old Dutchman is rumoured to be his replacement.
I thought this was a nice story to end on this dark and dreary Friday morning. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain posted this on his Instagram account yesterday together with:
Me aged 11 playing for Saints against Arsenal at Highbury.
It’s mad, I remember being in the dressing rooms where Thierry Henry sat feeling like I was a premiership player!
I remember the whole experience so clearly, including the 4-1 defeat, but I set up our goal so was buzzing!
Just shows…. Dreams can come true!
I wonder if Alex means he always wanted to play for Arsenal……
Sadly, I don’t think he will again this season…….
That’s it for another day….