Flash back to January this year. Tiny forward Andre Arshavin arrives at Arsneal after a protracted transfer saga. He stands in the chilly night outside the Emirates Stadium with a big smile on his face, declaring his love for Arsenal. His dreams have "come true". Well now he is singing a different tune, reinforcing the belief that there is no loyalty in football, just greed.
"I am happy to be at Arsenal. It was my dream." - Andre Arshavin.
"If I have the chance to play for Barcelona, I'd be really happy." -Andre Arshavin.
Now, it could be that Arshavin was suckered into the comment and his words were taken out of context. Sure, that's always possible in the world of tabloid journalism. BUT...I can easily believe that Arshavin, who is now 28 years old, would relish another big pay day and a big money move to the Catalan giants, if such a move was possible. Barca are looking to go shopping and maybe replacing Samuel Eto'o over the next few weeks. Why not show some interest and see how it plays?
If I was Arsene Wenger I would be pissed. Still, no one should be surprised. Most footballers are out for what they can get these days and see loyalty as an old fashioned concept.