So I have just come back from a grueling football training session. Two hours of sprints, ball skills, hurdles and ladders. I am already in a foul mood when I switch on my laptop. My homepage pops up, ‘Man United agree Van Persie fee.’ The news did not come as a surprise as the saga has been unraveling over the course of the summer months. Unlike other summers, I am calm and optimistic. This may actually be good for the club.
The club are still in a very strong position. Wenger has learned from the mistakes made last season and bought early. Podolski is an experienced striker both for club and country, Cazorla is a Spanish international with a World Cup and European Championship to his name and Giroud? Unproven I say, but has the raw talent needed to be a more than competent player.
The news about Van Persie has actually come as a relief, we can now look forward to Saturday.
I am cautiously optimistic. The club still needs to strengthen. We may need a new defensive midfielder (I fear that Alex Song may soon be swapping Drayton Park for Barcelona) and perhaps defensive cover. Wenger may need to bring in a more experienced striker to ease the pressure of Giroud, Llorente I say.
That said, I am excited by the prospect of a front three of Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Giroud. The return of Jack Wilshere in October will provide a much-needed boost to the squad. Add the fact that Koscielny has agreed a new deal and things are looking bright. I have been ridiculed on numerous occasions, but I honestly believe that something good will happen this season.
As I am about to log, my cousin sends me a message. ‘Apparently Robin Van Persie has failed his medical. They say he has a back injury.’ I’m not sure where this has come from and simply reply, ‘?.’ ‘From carrying Arsenal last season!’ he says. He lets out a laugh, I clench my fist.
I am not going to wish any ill toward the player. He has stayed loyal to the club, a club that has not won a trophy in seven years. A person’s patience can only be tested so much. Though money must have played a huge factor in his move (reports suggest he will earn around £200,000 a week, almost three times his wage at Arsenal), Arsenal fans must also realise that he has ambitions himself. I believe that this is a huge signing for Man United and may lead to them winning both the Premier League and Champions League, with the Rooney-Van Persie partnership being the decisive factor.
So as far as I am concerned, we move on. My expectations this season? Nothing less than 3rd place, reaching the Champions League quarter-finals and lifting the FA cup.
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