Arsenal look to secure £17m deal & Wenger hoping to win £5m race – Best of AFC

It would be wrong for Arsenal to prematurely count their chickens ahead of their final day visit to West Brom tomorrow as they look to secure automatic Champions League qualification. The Gunners are in pole position to achieve just that as they currently sit in third position one point ahead of their great rivals and two ahead of the Magpies. But a trip to the Hawthorns isn’t a guaranteed three points and manager Arsene Wenger knows the Baggies will be determined to give the departing Roy Hodgson a winning send off before he takes over as England boss. But in the grand scheme of things just finishing in the top-four should be considered a remarkable achievement for the North Londoners after a torrid start to the campaign. One final push will seal their place on Europe’s top table before the real work begins for Wenger who is determined to rectify the mistakes of last summers transfer window debacle and finally replace the big name players Arsenal lost.

This week on FFC questions are asked as to whether other clubs will mimic the Gunners’ financial philosophy and could a French midfielder labelled the next Patrick Vieira be on his way to the Emirates Stadium?

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Arsenal ramp up their efforts to secure £17m deal

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Pat Rice: So Long And Thanks For All The Cups – A Cultured Left Foot

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And the second rule of Arsène club is… – Online Gooner

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Bould in, and he’s the right man for the job – Arseblog

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Michel Vorm linked & Yossi Benayoun – Should Wenger sign him this summer? – Highbury House

Why Dempsey Should Choose Arsenal Over Liverpool – Transfer Tavern

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Quote of the Week

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“The beginning of the season was a catastrophe. We’d lost players who were key to our system. We recruited late, and it took a while for us to gel.

“We were ‘whopped’ at Old Trafford. Everybody thought we were dead and buried. But you don’t lose your football (ability) like that, like snapping your fingers.

“It can happen that a grain of sand falls in the machine, and the machine stalls; then you start to have doubts about your qualities, your club, your coach, everything.” Laurent Koscielny admits the Arsenal players started to doubt themselves and Arsene Wenger after a poor start to the season

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