Last month, having sealed five youngsters on long-term deals, Arsene Wenger laid bare his hopes that his new British core will prove more loyal to the Arsenal cause than some of their foreign predecessors.
Eager not to be tarnished with the same diarrhoea dipped brush which has casually soiled the reputations of Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri, Wojciech Szczesny has stressed that despite his Polish roots he too is a true Gooner.
Speaking to Arsenal.com about how the club has come to mean so much to him, the Gunners keeper reflected:
“Ever since I signed for this club, I’ve become an Arsenal fan. It feels like it’s more than me just playing and doing my best on a Saturday afternoon. I feel like I have a much bigger part to play at this club. It means that little bit more to me.
“I think there’s a lot of players in this team that are genuine Gooners. You’ve got people like Carl Jenkinson, there’s Jack Wilshere, Emmanuel Frimpong – a lot of young players who really feel it’s the biggest honour they could have, to play for this club.
“I think that’s very important for the future.”
Which is all very nice to hear.
Of course, players have confessed loyalty to the cause before and still jumped ship because they’ve recognised a barrel load of cash is more appealing than a suitcase worth. Perhaps we can work out some kind of cashback deal to tempt players into staying until the end of their deals? Just brainstorming…
Meanwhile Aaron Ramsey, one of our loyal young British stallions (yeah we know a horse would have been put down if it had suffered the same injury), believes that the coming month could define the rest of the season.
Before you all scream, “No shit Sherlock” here’s what he told Arsenal Player:
“It is a big month for us. We play some teams who are above us and we have an FA Cup game as well, so it is important to take these opportunities.
“We have Man City at home and Chelsea away, games that we did well in last season, so hopefully we can do the same again this year and that will set us up nicely for the run in to the end of the season.”
The Welshman also revealed that ahead of the City clash this Sunday the Arsenal squad were taking heart from the absence of beastly midfielder Yaya Toure who is away with the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.
“We beat them last year at home and with Yaya Toure gone to the Africa Cup of Nations, it is a big loss for them.
“He is a big player for them and so influential, so hopefully we can take full advantage of that and get another good result.”
Arseblog News assumes Ramsey’s words lamenting the loss of Gervinho ended up on the cutting room floor.