Arsenal wanted to sign both Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and David Villa in January but ended up with neither. But both players are suffering now.
If Arsenal had signed either David Villa or Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, there would have been much celebration among supporters at the magnitude of signing such a star striker.
But with less than a week before their Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich, everybody connected with Arsenal would have been sweating pretty heavily.
Both Villa and Huntelaar have been in and out of hospital, with the Spaniard re-admitted yesterday.
David Villa was first admitted on Monday with renal colic pain, or kidney stones, a form of abdominal pain described as 'severe'. He saw specialists and was released, but due to the problem persisting he was re-admitted yesterday (Thursday).
It means he is highly unlikely to figure in Barcelona's weekend match with Granada, and their Champions League clash with AC Milan next week is touch and go.
Villa was a target for Arsenal in the transfer window and was said to be intrigued by the possibility of a move, but Barcelona were adamant they would not sell.
Over in Germany, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is not having any better luck. The Dutchman elected to turn down any advances from the Gunners and sign a new contract to stay in Germany with Schalke.
He has also been hospitalised and had to see a specialist; because he has a blood clot in his left-eye, a development German newspaper Bild is describing as a 'mega-crisis' for his club.
Schalke play Galatasaray in the Champions League next week and are heavily reliant on the Dutchman' goal, but at present his eyesight is impaired, and he has missed more than a week's worth of training, only able to do light jogging at the most.
He will only be re-examined on Monday so Schalke are planning without him and simply hoping for the best.
Is it a coincidence such poor fortune has befallen both these superstars? Or is there a higher power who is an Arsenal fan wreaking wrath on the players who did not force through moves to the Gunners.
It's impossible to tell, but Nacho Monreal will be mightily glad he accepted Arsenal's offer...
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