Possibly for want of something new or interesting to say, the rumourologists are today spinning a line so frequently spun it is now twisted and contorted beyond recognition – Arsenal will bid for Barcelona forward Pedro this summer.
Signing a player in his prime with a winner’s medal from every reputable competition on the planet in his trophy cabinet initially strikes as a no-brainer, but in actual fact pursuing the man from Tenerife would be a brain-dead move from the Gunners.
Not only do they already possess a wealth of players who ply their trade in his position, but Arsene Wenger has a record to forget when recruiting folks of Spanish nationality.
Pedro is 7/5 to play a Premier League game next season, but if the fortunes of these Furia Roja men to don Arsenal red are anything to go by, Gooners best hope it’s not for their team.
Okay, the former Emirates hero was exceptional during his Arsenal days, but his constant yearning for a move to Barcelona was forever a cause for fretting amongst supporters.
His eventual departure proved massively disruptive ahead of the 2011/12 season, which saw the Gunners fail to win five of their eight opening games and, after another feeble attempt to cut Colman’s finest in Catalunya, he wound up in the clutches of nemesis Chelsea.
The first in a long line of substandard goalkeepers to represent Arsenal when Wenger went through that strange phase of neglecting one of a team’s most important areas, Almunia is not remembered fondly on the North Bank.
Signed from Celta Vigo, it struck everyone as odd when the Spaniard replaced Jens Lehmann in goal and was then usurped by the equally haphazard Lukasz Fabianski following an error-laden 2009/10 campaign.
Jose Antonio Reyes
The Sevilla winger’s showings in north London were far removed from those that convinced Wenger to break Arsenal’s transfer record to sign him.
Reyes was obviously gifted, but lacked the mental strength to realise his potential in England.
An own goal in his second ever outing during a League Cup semi-final loss against Middlesbrough proved portentous in what was an underwhelming stint of an unspectacular career.