Well this is it folks, this is the squad we have until the summer.
Diaby is fit, Arteta is back in the squad for today’s game and of course, Fabianski is almost ready to return. Coquelin is also very close to returning but Gibbs, well his return is like a open flight ticket. Who knows when he’ll be back.
But Gibbs being out will now frighten us a lot less now than it did and that’s because on paper, we have finally signed a quality left back, so no more suffering Santos!! Well, not until we face Bayern Munich in the Champions League as our new boy is cup tied.
Hopefully Meade, Miquel and Coquelin should all be available for selection by then and the Brazilian is overlooked.
However, before then, we have a few Premier League matches to address, starting today with Pullis and his lot coming to town and the new boy is just thrilled to be here and part of our future:
Yes, I spoke to Santi, we had a long conversation about things, I asked how things were here and he only had very positive things to say. He said that Arsenal was a massive club, the people are great and it’s really just a big family. He only had good things to say. I am sure we can be successful this season and I am really looking forward to the challenge.
Yes it does [help that Cazorla has been a success]. It helps that I’ve been able to share a dressing room with him at Malaga, that everything’s gone well and that the people here have been incredible in welcoming me.
As there’s a familiar face in Santi, I’m a lot calmer about things. Having shared a dressing room with someone who’s already made this journey is a good feeling. Now it’s my turn and I can’t wait to follow in his footsteps.
To be honest, when I was given the option to come here I went for it because it’s a massive club, I didn’t even have to think about it.
Of course, there are Spanish players here and a lot of youngsters, which this club is known to attract. I’m delighted to be able to train and play with those guys and I hope my stay here will be the best it possibly can.
I’ve watched loads of Arsenal games and there have been legends that have played for this club. I know everything I can from watching the television and from what Santi has told me in this relatively short period of time.
Monreal is right, there are plenty of legends in football who have played for OUR club.
There is plenty which is good about OUR club.
There is history in OUR club which can never be taken away.
We need each and every one of our players to realise that they are here to play not only for OUR history, but for OUR future.
What that future will be, only time will tell, but for the sanity of all us fans who love OUR club, may the boys give their all from today onwards.
If they do, good results will follow……
Now let’s smash that lot from Stoke!!!
Have a good day all…..