In a minor and quite miniscule sense, Barcelona will have Arsenal on its side in next month’s UEFA Champions League final against Juventus.
Perhaps we’ll call them Barcenal.
The North London club will get $4.5 million if Barcelona wins the UCL title, thanks a clause in the summer sale of defender Thomas Vermaelen.
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The 29-year-old defender just returned to full fitness after a season-long injury battle with a hamstring tear, but his participation doesn’t matter when it comes to the money.
No word on whether Wenger has already committed the money to signing more attackers.
In case your curious — we were — Barca and Arsenal haven’t tangled since the 2011 UCL, and the Blaugranas have a 4W-2D-1L advantage in the series.