So it is finally out, the statement all Arsenal fans around the world waited for all summer. The statement which refutes our worst fears over our jewel. It has been confirmed, our talismanic captain is staying put with us…for now it seems. Cesc returned to training with the rest of the team in London yesterday. It was the Arsenal Members’ Day and all first team players were present for an open training in front of almost 10,000 gooners.
While Eboue and Robin clearly got the loudest ovation, Cesc was greeted with cheers and a song rendition pleading with him to stay at the N5. He can be rest assured that the bridge that connects him with the fans have not been burnt. His body language though was not exactly revealing and he simply responded with an applause but what is most important is that he will be playing here this coming season as our captain and heartbeat. He was not involved in the training match that took place later and mainly did light work in company of our new number 10, Robin.
Cesc had this to say this morning…
“Firstly, I will like to apologize to all the Arsenal fans for not speaking sooner about my future but I have not known what I was going to do until this moment…I am a professional and I fully understand that it is Arsenal’s prerogative not to sell me…I will respect their decision and concentrate on the new season ahead with Arsenal. I will be 100% focused on playing for Arsenal, I am an Arsenal player and that is the ONLY club I will be thinking about.”
Sorry to bore you with the whole statement (that’s not even all) but apologies accepted Cesc! We are more than happy to have you back and even though we are already thinking of another drama next summer, we can enjoy this while it lasts. The important points I took from this statement are that he now knows what he wants, he is not being forced to stay and he fully understands the fact that we love him too much to see his back now. He also seems ready to put the whole saga in the past and lead our title assault this coming season which is very welcoming news.
Meanwhile, according to Italian newspaper La Replubbica, we are on the verge of signing AS Roma’s defender Philippe Mexes. It is thought that Arsene is an admirer of the bulky Frenchman and a £12million bid is expected soon. This is going to come as good news to everyone associated with the Arsenal as reinforcement is desperately needed at the back. A player of Mexes’ calibre is what we need at the moment as his aggressive approach and experience will be undoubtedly a great asset.
Onto non-Arsenal news (or is it?), Spuds striker Jermaine Defool believes his club will perform better than Arsenal this season, most importantly in the UEFA Champions League. One thing Defool does not realize is that Arsenal is the least of their concerns. They still have a play-off qualifier to navigate; they need to get past that, and then the Champions League group stages before any thoughts of surpassing Arsenal can arise. For us, getting to the quarter-finals of the competition has become a part of the furniture – a norm. For all the talk of going beyond Arsenal for the past 5 seasons or so, it has not come to fruition and never will it; 4 mangers in 5 years, that is all they have to show.
To round this off, we will like to inform gooners that our own Robin Van Persie has added a year to his age. Robin turns 27 today and it is a pity he cannot celebrate with a World Cup winners medal. We at Memoirs of a Gooner will like to wish him a fun-filled day, a goals-packed career and a success-drenched life. Have a blast man!
So that is it mates, pre-season comes to an end soon and we round of with a game against Legia Warsaw tomorrow in Poland at 1600 hours U.K time. Let us hope we can round off what has been an impressive warm up to the season in style. Cesc and Robin will not be playing any part in that and may only make the bench for the season opener against Liverpool. Meanwhile the Community shield is this weekend, between Man United and Chelski as usual. We cannot wait to get the season rolling with those two breathing down our neck, can we?
This is to hoping we get an Arsenal match in next season’s Community shield…and yes, I know what that means.
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