By Avenell Dave
You never know who to believe when the rumours start, so I eagerly switched on my computer this morning thankful that no one had reported the suggestions we heard yesterday that Robin van Persie's season is effectively over.
Fast forward a couple of hours and Arsenal had put out a statement confirming the worst - RvP's season is pretty much finished.
Whether he is fit enough to go to the World Cup or not, I don't know, but after the injuries he has sustained on international duty, I sure as hell hope he doesn't ever pull on an Orange jersey again. Some hope.
I suspect the club was prompted to put out the statement about his serious ligament injury following his interview that appeared today in the Dutch media detailing the developments with the Serbian placenta treatment and subsequent setback, because it would otherwise make no sense to announce the story on the eve of such a big game.
Are there any positives to such devastating news?
Well, it could be argued that even with a fit RvP, we've been slightly short in the forward line since Moneyb*yor left and even if Carlos Vela or Theo Walcott start to shine, we could do with another quality player to give us more options.
I suspect Chamakh is out of the question, partly because of the progress Bordeaux are making in the Champions League and also because of increased interest in him.
The rumour mill will be in overdrive now, linking us with £20m+ strikers every hour.
The challenge for Wenger will be to find someone who can compete in the Champions League AND fit seamlessly in to the squad without a six month bedding-in period - and as we saw with Andrey Arshavin last season, that doesn't mean it has to be someone from England that joins us.
Of course, with Samir Nasri and Tomas Rosicky both returning to full fitness, Andrey Arshavin could get his wish to play in a central position, but I'm not sure leading the line will suit him.
Will Arsene Wenger revert to 4-4-2 to cope with this latest setback? I doubt it.
In a fortnight Nick Bendtner will be back and if Theo can put his injuries behind him, we do still have options.
It seems like every season we suffer setback after setback and don't have the quality to cope with it. It is hard to remain upbeat in times like these.
But we're still chasing the title, a win tomorrow would give everyone a lift - and if Eduardo plays and scores the winning goal, perhaps the blow of losing RvP will be softened ever so slightly.