The rumour mill is turning.

What? It could happen. Ok, it’ll never happen

With fans already suffering post-season depression after Sunday’s campaign closer against Fulham, Sol Campbell has handed them genuine reason for cheer by pledging himself to the club for a further two seasons. The veteran centre back was widely considered as our best player in the final months of the season, and his willingness to see out his top flight career with the club will go some way to easing the blow should William Gallas not decide to extend his contract.

Speaking of post-season depression, there’s nothing like a game of fantasy transfer window to ease the pain of two months without the Arsenal. The basic idea is to pick a player, regardless of their current contractual situation, or their clubs willingness to sell them, that you would like to see in the red and white next season.

I’ll start by throwing out two names that have been banded about in connection with us in the past few days, Mikel Arteta and Yaya Toure. Though both would be excellent additions to the squad, the Spaniard represents the type of player that we already have in abundance. Toure on the other hand would help to toughen up the soft core that runs through the side, and give us some much needed muscle against sides that favour a physical approach. That said, the Ivorian does also boast some considerable technical ability, and can provide emergency cover for centre back. With Seydou Keita and Sergio Busequets now ahead of Toure in the Barcelona pecking order, he looks likely to leave the Camp Nou in the summer, and is a realistic target for us.

Entering the realms of improbability for a moment and we have Gianluigi Buffon’s potential move from Juventus to the Emirates. The Italian has been rumoured to be seeking a move away from Stadio delle Alpi after a poor league campaign has left the former European Champions without even a consolatory Europa League spot for next season. If the 32 year old is to end his nine year stay with the club, then his availability is sure to attract the attention of many big clubs. That said the very top teams in Europe at the moment all have one thing in common, a world class goalkeeper (Inter Milan – Julio Cesar; Chelsea – Petr Cech; Real Madrid – Iker Casillas etc.). With Lyon seemingly valuing Hugo Lloris very highly, it doesn’t leave many realistic suitors should Buffon opt for a transfer.

Of course all of this speculation is ignoring the basic facts that he has two seasons to run on his current contract with Juve, and Alberto Zaccheroni is unlikely to want to part with his number 1. Like I said before though, if it’s realistic transfer talk you’re after, you’ve probably come to the wrong place. You’ll need the second door on the right. That’s it, the room with the diminutive French Third Division player of the year playing keep up with Marouane Chamakh in it.

As has been apparent for some time, Chamakh is one player that looks almost certain to be playing his football in North London next season. Although he doesn’t come with the bells and tassels of a marquee signing like Buffon, the Moroccan’s performances for Bordeaux in the Champions League this season do suggest he has the quality necessary to command a starting role in the side.

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