At the recent get together with Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal fans heard all about how Cesc Fabregas refused to play last summer in our pre-season fixtures despite being fit and healthy.
He was dead set on leaving and that was his way of protest.
Gazidis said that the club had learned a lot from that and such things wouldn’t happen again.
Well it seems that the one person who learned the most was our Dutchman!
No doubt he and Cesc talked a lot, why wouldn’t they, they were and still are best of friends, they took a holiday together last summer too whilst all that ‘stuff’ was going on.
Robin watched on as his good friend departed and it seems to be that he also latched onto his deceitful and underhand ways.
Yesterday afternoon, just a day before the squad travel to Asia for their pre-season mini tour, our captain ruled himself out of being part of the travelling group.
Is he fit?
Yes, of course he is, he has been training with the rest of the players. No doubt this about staying fit and healthy and not doing anything that would deter offers from other clubs for his future services.
What a snake! What an absolute mockery he has made of the club and to be honest, the day he said:
I’ll always be a Gunner no matter what happens
We should have all realised he was off, after all, had he planned to stay, he wouldn’t have needed to say that would he, his actions would have spoken louder than those words.
Well now those actions have spoken and I hope he is gone as soon as possible…..
It seems to be a straight battle between the two Manchester clubs now for his signature, let’s just hope it’s solved soon.
But, we have a future, Arsenal will always have that regardless of who leaves and now it’s about who comes in before the end of this transfer window.
One we have already signed and sealed is Olivier Giroud, our new No12 as he confirmed yesterday and he’s proud to be a Gunner:
Arsenal is a great club, the facilities are wonderful, but I feel it is a club that takes big care before signing a player, notably considering human values.
There are French players. There is also Arsène Wenger who let me understand he really wanted me.
There will always be an odd player or two who choose to leave our club in search of
money trophies, but there will also always be players who want to sign for Arsenal, whether that be because of Arsene Wenger, or because of the history of our club it matters not really as long as they want to sign and stay.
Now is about moving on into another chapter in the life of Arsenal, it certainly is a case of ‘out with the old’ as Robin van Persie is old, well in footballing terms and he’s not the best at maintaining fitness so I doubt that in a few months time we’ll be wishing he was still with us.
But, as much as out with the old is real, it’s not a time for too much ‘in with the young’ (yes I know it should be new) we have enough.
According to Young Guns a few of the younger players will be travelling to Asia as well as the first team squad:
Benik Afobe, Chuks Aneke, Ignasi Miquel and Nico Yennaris, Craig Eastmond and Thomas Eisfield are all pencilled in. Eastmond apart, it is suspected that most of those players will be heading out on loan, that is of course it Arsene Wenger doesn’t keep them for the Capital One Cup.
This current squad isn’t as bad as many choose to believe, we have a good defensive unit which just needs a bit of help, something which Wenger doesn’t seem to have done but Bould and Banfield will. They may even turn Djourou into a decent defender and of course we have Kyle Bartley promoted to the first team squad.
We have a good attacking unit that might just need a bit of spark adding to it, Jack could very well be that man, maybe Wenger has other ideas – time will tell.
Then of course there is that beast of a defensive midfielder we so desperately lack, maybe there is a deal for M’Vila or Capoue almost complete. We have to hope so.
Reality is, Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis will know that many fans won’t be happy about the imminent departure and that makes me wonder if they have something planned, something to keep the fans off their backs and something to deflate the dreaded confirmation that our ageing, one season wonder crock, has signed for another club.
It really is up to Kroenke, Gazidis and Wenger now, do they want a season full of turmoil, fan abuse and unrest?
Or do they want to stand by and witness every single seat within The Emirates Stadium covered with a fans bum?
After all, didn’t we move there in order to make sure we remained competitive??
The choice is theirs…..
Al Ain are reported to be in talks with Arsenal over a move for Park Chu-young, Zenit are still interested in signing Andrey Arshavin and Besiktas hope to take Chamakh on loan for a season with the view of making the deal permanent.
The fourth, well I think we all know by now who that is……
Nikki Bendtner isn’t travelling with the squad today either, so that departure number could just rise to five…..
Stan will be rubbing his hands together at just the thought of all that money coming in…..
Have a good day all……