Arsenal hearts were warmed this week, when Olympique de Marseille announced the signing of former Gunner Abou Diaby. There will have been plenty of soul-searching in Islington too though. With better luck on the injury front, how good could Diaby have been?
The last week has seen two protracted transfers go through, and both have left a slightly bitter taste in the mouth for varying reasons. There are no prizes for guessing that the deals referred to are those for Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph, but it is frustrating to see how these former crowd favourites have soured their relationships with Liverpool and Aston Villa respectively.
Now that the dust has settled and the bruises have softened to yellow following Scotland’s recent brawny clash with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, we can pause to reflect on how this leaves Gordon Strachan’s men placed as far as potential qualification for next summer’s European Championships in France is concerned.
The problems with developing football's future star players
Written by Daniel Mehmet
So Barcelona are European champions again. With Georgio Chiellini ruled out of the final, Patrice Evra had to justify the game’s other over-hyped sub-plot. And justify it he did - failing to react to Buffon’s parry and allowing Luis Suárez to nip in and crash the rebound home. But there was another barely-mentioned subtext to this game that deserves some thought.