We are half way through the silly season of the transfers and rumours of certain transfers that are never to materialize. It has started with a news that Wayne Rooney is going to the Arsenal, closely followed by a gossip from a reliable source that Rooney is in fact going to sign for Chavs. I became confused – are there 2 Wayne Rooneys or is Wayne’s brother John sought by Chelsea, or Arsenal? But oh no, it is all clear now – after all the hype Rooney is staying at ManU!
Similar scenarios apply to at least a dozen players in EPL alone. Be it Rooney, or Suarez, or Fellaini, or Torres. The bottom line is – nobody knows the final outcome of the speculation or the final make up of any premier league squad. Thankfully there were only a few half baked rumours about any of our top players leaving this summer. But that has not been the case in recent years.
Every summer would see Gunners chewing their nails on their way to places of worship (no, Emirates does not count) to pray for Dennis to intervene and stop imminent sale of yet another Judas. A scumbag, lowlife, front bottom so-and-so who chose to leave our beloved club. Why do we get so upset about some mercenary switching paymaster? Why? Because they destroy teams, unsettle other players, often take clubs back to the drawing board. We, the fans of the Arsenal have suffered our fair share of pain, disappointment, tears (in the author’s case) mixed with anger and dismay. The label ‘the feeder club’ was beginning to stick.
For me, the worst summer of recent years was when we saw Flamini and Hleb leaving, Thierry Henry’s ‘That’s it guys’ farewell, Cesc reunion with his blood brothers and finally van Judas’ pathetic confession about some ‘little boy inside’ him.
And this brings me to the question that I am about to ask you: who do you think hurt our chances of winning a trophy the most? Was it van Judas? I think not. We would most probably not win the league with him on our side. To have him scoring against us is a different ball game altogether (called biting the hand that fed you for 8 years you b*****d), but would we have done any better if he was our top striker in the past season? What about the financial side of the equation – would Wenger buy Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski if we didn’t sell BSR? I appreciate that AW secured the 3 transfers before the ManU move was formally announced, but I guess the Club knew long before that we would be selling the Dutchman.
Or do you think that Cesc’s move back home hit us hardest? He was pivotal to our team structure and the whole style of play was built around him. After Cesc went the squad had to be rebuilt yet again and it took us 2 whole seasons to have a midfield to be reckoned with.
For me it was the summer of 2008 that set us back by several years. The unexpected departures of both Hleb and Flamini and Gilberto left a huge hole in the midfield. We finished 3rd that season, only 4 points behind the league winners and almost 40 points ahead of Spurs! Had they stayed I am convinced that with just one significant purchase, perhaps a great goalie and we could have won any competition with that squad.
Who do you still miss? Which event hurt the Club most, Was it Thierry’s departure, or Songs Barca move, or Na$ri and Clichy’s greasy money deals?
Written by evonne