Metro have Arsenal fans shaking their heads in despair here in the Football Transfer Tavern after claiming that Arsene Wenger is considering a bid for Chris Smalling this January.
As our punters note over a beer and burger combo, Smalling is hardly covering himself in glory this season – or ever really – with his defensive performances and there are a fair few Manchester United fans who would love to see the back of him.
Arsenal fans meanwhile would be surprised to sign another Manchester United cast off following Danny Welbeck’s signature and it certainly seems that Louis van Gaal will be looking to add to his defence this winter.
The Dutch manager will be looking to get rid of certain players and we would hazard a guess that Smalling would be somewhere near the top of that list along with Rafael who did little to convince van Gaal that his temperamental days are behind him against Leicester City earlier.
The Gunners did of course nearly sign Smalling back in 2010 when he had a reputation that had punters reaching for the champagne and not the shots but now after being convinced to sign for United by Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsenal fans thought they had escaped. Maybe not!
Arsenal fans. Would this just show how poor Wenger has become in the transfer market? Let us know your thoughts below.