Arsenal update: Benteke and three others linked, Parlour has a ‘funny feeling’ about the FA Cup

Morning Gunners. First up the best of the transfer gossip. The Sun is once again linking Arsenal with Aston Villa’s in form striker Christian Benteke, but then spoils it by saying that Spurs are tracking him too.

To prove the point there’s a bit of flakey quote from his agent who says

Kismet Eris said: “It is normal that if you go to a club and do well, other clubs will show an interest.

“Christian has shown he can play in England.

“So why not take the step up to the next level?

“Right now his focus is on helping Aston Villa stay in the Premier League.

Can’t see this one myself.

If you don’t fancy Benteke no worries as Caught Offside pinpoints the three players it believes will be Emirates bound come the summer. Two you know all about – Etienne Capoue and Stevan Jovetic. The third is PSG’s centre back Mamadou Sakho who is apparently eyeing up a move to the Premiership. Sahko is frustrated as he is not getting many games for PSG at the moment. Were he to sign for Arsenal he would probably be fourth choice centre back too.

On to today’s game and there’s plenty of speculation as to who will start with all sorts of fringe players from Miquel to Arshavin predicted to get a game. It is a game that many pundits think that Arsenal will win. In particular Gunners’ legend Ray Parlour thinks that this could be Arsenal’s year.

In an interview for Bwin picked up by Ladyarse he says

“I’ve got a funny feeling Arsenal could do it this year, they’re desperate for a trophy, they haven’t won a trophy for eight years.

“I think Arsene Wenger’s taking these cup competitions a lot more seriously than he did in past years, I mean you look at the other cup competition and he really put a strong side out, I know they got beaten by Bradford, but you can see the intent, they’re having a go this year.

“It won’t be an easy game against Blackburn but I expect Arsenal to win the game.”

It’ll be interesting to see where Arsene plays Gervinho today. Might he rest Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott and play the Ivorian through the centre with AOC providing the ammo from the right? Or will he replace Podolski on the left.

We will find out soon enough.

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