The former Newcastle United team-mates could not have predicted this turn of fortunes.
France kick off Euro 2016 against Romania tonight and one of their stars is backing West Ham United hero Dimitri Payet to fire them to glory.
French stopper Hugo Lloris has not given a confident answer over his long-term Spurs future if they finish outside the top four this season.
After Steven Mandanda excelled at The Emirates does Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris have cause for concern over his French status.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud admitted his disappointment at being dropped by Didier Deschamps for Karim Benzema last week.
Former Arsenal stars Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri have not been given the backing of Le 10 Sport in the wake of French qualification for Brazil 2014.
Jean-Pierre Papin clearly prefers Karim Benzema to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.
Laurent Koscielny gave away a penalty and was sent off against Ukraine last night.
Which players from Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Liverpool feature tonight?
Thierry Henry is not giving interviews to the French press ahead of the upcoming play-off against Ukraine ... but why?