The day Arsenal address all of the issues in their squad is the day the rumour mill goes out of business.
But Arsene Wenger’s insistence that his notoriously injury-prone squad can get by with the least number of players possible means that the chitchat mongers will never stray into the red, with Olivier Giroud’s broken ankle resulting in a hoard of players being linked with an Emirates switch.
Edinson Cavani – 6/4 to be an Arsenal player on 02/09/14
Ignoring the fact that Paris Saint-Germain are lacking in numbers up top too, the Daily Express reports that the Gunners are preparing a £50m bid for the hulking Uruguayan.
Boasting tenacity, physicality and an excellent goal record, the former Napoli man is the exact type of player Arsenal require, which essentially guarantees they will not be signing him.
Back him to stay put at 2/5.
Loic Remy – evens to be an Arsenal player on 02/09/14
The Frenchman who wasn’t fit enough to sign for Liverpool and isn’t wanted at QPR is also on the Gunners’ radar now his one-man striking ranks have been depleted.
What appeals to the Premier League’s longest-serving manager, though, is his £8.5m release clause if a top-four club comes calling.
Signing players at a discounted rate is to Wenger what picnic baskets are to Yogi Bear – he just can’t help himself.
Daley Blind – 1/5 to be a Manchester United player on 02/09/14
Ajax’s Dutch utility man is poised to follow Angel Di Maria in through the revolving door at Old Trafford, the hinges of which will be given a thorough work out in the coming days.
Former United goalkeeper turned negotiations specialist Edwin van der Sar is believed to be conducting the parlay between his first club and last, with an £18m deal close to being agreed.