With Gilberto's exit imminent soon I was wondering whether his departure coincided with the fact that Arsenal have been linked with Gareth Barry.
I wrote on Friday that I think Le Boss will promote a player from within the squad to play alongside Cesc next season in midfield with Diaby the likely option for me.
However, it's clear we need to add to a squad that gets stretched during the season so a player coming in would make sense in more ways than one.
I also feel that Aston Villa boss O'Neill would rather do business with Arsenal than Liverpool after he criticised the Anfield club's conduct in pursuing Barry.
Liverpool's relationship with Villa has become frosty after several bouts of negotiations and a stalemate for the player has risen.
The obvious obstacle's are the price and the fact that Barry seems to have his heart set on a move to Liverpool. I can't see Le Boss paying £18m for Barry so a lower bid plus add-ons or a squad player in exchange is more likely.
Whether we could get Barry to join after he openly admits to wanting to play for Liverpool would be hard. However, hopefully Wenger can work his magic on Barry and persuade him otherwise.
Barry would be a great signing. He would fit into Arsenal's style of play and although he has a lack of pace he more than makes up for this with his vision and clever speed of thought.
The main thing for me though with Barry is his consistency. He performs well every game and that's what we need after the form Flamini showed last season. Barry could make Cesc tick as well as Flamini did, as well as providing balance with his trusty left foot.
Has Le Boss got an option in mind with Gilberto leaving and is it Barry? Or will he stick with what he has even when Gilberto leaves?
Keep it Goonerish.....