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Yesterday, I brought you the news that Arsenal were prepared to sell Alex Song to Barcelona for around 20M, not because they had no choice, but because Wenger was sick of his attitude.

Today that was confirmed by the BBC, along with the news that he won’t play against Sunderland (unsurprisingly).

We also got some tidbits about his exit. He’s purported to have had a raging row with Wenger, demanded to leave (Arsene was only too happy to oblige, having made his mind up), and cleared out his locker today.

The full story is in this Metro article by Jamie Sanderson.

Wheels are turning, dominoes are falling. Whatever metaphor you want to use, Arsenal’s transfer business, at this point fairly steady, is churning into overdrive. Major and minor outs, likely to be combined with major ins, are being worked on and completed as the end of the transfer window looms.

‘He’ is gone, is ‘he’ being replaced?

Robin Van Persie underwent his medical at Bridgewater hospital, and excepting a major problem, has essentially completed his move to Manchester United. This brings to an ultimate end this year’s saga. Lovely jubbly. While interviewed recently, Arsene Wenger said of potential replacements “we have already replaced him with Podolski and Giroud, Llorente doesn’t interest me”.

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The day is finally upon us. After a disappointing summer for our nation’s respective football teams in the Euro’s and the Olympics, the opening of the new season couldn’t come soon enough. For Arsenal, the season starts with a home tie against a tricky Sunderland team who are more than capable of pulling off an upset.

Head to Head

It is hard to judge the first game of the season, with both teams fielding new players. In the 2011/12 season Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-1 both home and away, with a certain Mr Henry grabbing the winner in the final minutes at the Stadium of Light after Sunderland took the lead. Sunderland did manage to grab a 2-0 win at the Emirates last year in the FA cup though.

Imagine this for a minute. One of your best mates leaves your company to go and work for one that you both despised, without telling you, and you end up finding out from the gossip shrew in the office.

This is more or less what happened to Thomas Vermaelen yesterday.

After Belgium’s 4-2 friendly win over Holland, a reporter broke the news that Robin Van Persie was off to Manchester United to him.

During the transfer window, rumours constantly swirl around about all number of players, who may or may not be moving to various clubs based on reliable or unreliable sources that may or may not exist. Another thing the media love is a transfer saga.

If you can take one player and string out an alleged move across a long period of time, with a huge cast of clubs, sources and opinions, that’s a journalist’s dream. Publish any old tripe with this guy’s name in it and you’re guaranteed hundreds of clicks.

Robin Van Stapleton’s back for good

Having yesterday told you that Robin Van Persie was open to discussing a new contract, I now regretfully report that AFCAMDEN, one of the most reliable Arsenal accounts on twitter, and the most loyal RVP supporter I’ve seen, is now pretty sure he’s going to United.