I'm soooooooo glad we didn't sign Joe Cole in the summer now.
In fact, I even wonder whether Wenger made an inquiry at all?
Don't get me wrong, Cole is a very good player but he hasn't exactly hit dizzy heights at Anfield has he?
I admit I was slightly gutted when Liverpool signed Joe Cole on a free transfer. I concede that I really really wanted him to arrive at the Emirates.
Here was a player, available on a free transfer, who from what I heard, wanted to sign for Arsenal.
I thought it would have been a great signing and another added bonus would have been we nicked him off Chelsea under the noses of Spurs!
When I think about it now maybe I was blinded by the fact Cole is a big name player.
We don't seem to sign many of those and the excitement could have caused me to be slightly blind to the fact we had an emerging player coming through the ranks who was ready to make a breakthrough into the first-team.
Had we brought Cole to the club then obviously it would have blocked young Jack Wilshere's path into the side.
Wilshere has been brilliant this season and is probably my favourite Arsenal player these days.
Don't get me wrong, Joe Cole is an experienced player with plenty of ability but I'd rather have Jack Wilshere all day long.
While I don't doubt that Cole would have done a decent job with us I'm glad that Arsene Wenger knew better than the likes of me and resisted signing him knowing that Wilshere was ready for first-team action.
I've always rated Jack but if you would have told me 12 months ago he could be starting at Old Trafford, in such a crucial match, I would have been slightly worried.
Now I have no such worries and I believe he is ready to play anywhere despite his age.
Wilshere played at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season and more than held his own. In fact, he was marvellous that day and impressed so much.
The boy has so much talent and the fact he has been raised through the ranks with us makes him extra special.
I hope he starts tomorrow night against Manchester United. I really believe he would shine there.
He has the potential to become an Arsenal great and I cannot speak highly enough of him. I'm so pleased that he is a first-team regular.
Sometimes we criticise Arsene Wenger for his dealings in the transfer market.
Of course sometimes he gets things wrong. Who doesn't?
What I will say is this is one decision he got spot on.
Keep it Goonerish..............