United have been on Arsenal nerves for quite a while after landing Robin van Persie and the worst part is that RvP has managed to score against Arsenal in three out 4 games with Arsenal only managing to get 2 points of these 4 games. Arsenal were weakened by the departure of Robin van Persie and the thought of the Dutch striker with the likes of Ozil and Santiago Cazorla could’ve been great.
But Arsenal have decided to avenge that saga by landing Chris Smalling who has been really crucial for United in the injury driven season for them.
Arsene Wenger has begun planning for next season, despite not yet signing a new deal that has been agreed since last October, following a meeting with chief executive Ivan Gazidis at the club’s training ground on Monday.
Wenger has been a long-term admirer of Smalling and attempted to buy the England international before he chose to sign for Manchester United from Fulham in January 2010.
Arsenal are willing to step in and pay up to £12 million for Smalling, whose current £52,000-a-week salary would fit comfortably into the Londoners’ rigid wage structure.