It’s a been a busy time for all those associated with the WOA as the season is about to start. The players return on Monday and it’s going to be a good little something something this season. The brilliant news breaking this morning is that Robin Van Persie has signed a new 5 year contract – which is our best signing of the season. RVP has been quite a decent player for us since he arrived and he’s been getting better and better recently – in my ideal starting XI, Van Persie and Eduardo would be my ideal starting front pair (when both fit) and you just know there is a certain magic around when VP is on the pitch.
Kieran Gibbs is another player who’s signed up to add to the other youngsters Fabianski, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey – and his breakthrough this season has been pretty awesome too. Arsene spoke on Gibbs:
“Kieran made such a great impact last season and the progress he made throughout the year was fantastic. Kieran is an intelligent player with huge quality and he proved last season with his performances that he has great potential. We’re delighted that Kieran has committed his future to Arsenal and we’re all excited to watch his future development at the Club.”
We’ve done a little of what we’ve set out to do, which is keep the existing squad together – and add a defender. I really expect us to sign a defensive midfielder and possibly Ade out and Chamakh in… although it could have been Ade out and Benezma in if we had actually made an approach… Arsene spoke on the French striker:
“There is one who interested me but he (Karim Benzema) left for Madrid. I did not make of approach because I would never have thought that Lyon would sell this year.”
Er, duh… ask them then! Bit of a silly statement Arsene…
In other news, apparently Melo has signed for Juventus for £21m – not sure about how much truth there is in this, but in reality we hadn’t made a bid so were we even interested?
Got a busy day, so offkies now, speak soon…