Pints are being placed down, punters are rushing over to the bar and our landlord is being begged to tell us about the latest rumour coming from the Daily Star here in the Football Transfer Tavern.
The publication have the most unwelcome news possible for Arsenal fans.
Catalan giants Barcelona are thought to be monitoring their prized asset Jack Wilshere, with a view to bringing him to the Camp Nou in order to replace the ageing Xavi.
Barcelona are already well known to Arsenal fans after swooping in and buying former midfield sensation Cesc Fabregas, not to mention Thierry Henry and now it seems they are considering a similar move once again.
Wilshere has impressed everybody since breaking into the first team at the Emirates Stadium, and as our punters quip, it was only a matter of time before Barcelona or Manchester City got their claws in! All they need now is a bid for Aaron Ramsey to boot!
As we know, both Andres Iniesta and Xavi are not getting any younger, and as much as it pains the Barcelona hierarchy to admit it, potential replacements need to be considered, hence the interest in Wilshere.
Arsenal fans may well be concerned as our landlord points out that an offer from the Catalan giants could well be too good to turn down – just ask Cesc Fabregas!
One set of people who have no need to worry however are the Spanish national side – as we already know, even if Wilshere spent five years playing in Spain, he would not want to play for them!
Will the lure of Barcelona prove too hard to resist or will Jack stick to his word and stay with the Gunners? Let us know your thoughts below.
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