A couple of weeks ago Julio Cesar had Arsenal fans cursing his brilliance for 86 minutes before Mikel Arteta nipped in an offside winner to break QPR hearts.
In the aftermath of the game Gooners on messageboards across the internet lamented the fact that Arsene Wenger had not tried to lure his experience to the Emirates as he left Inter Milan on a free.
It now turns out that the Gunners did have contact with the 33-year-old Brazilian stopper, but that the Loftus Road lure (presumably of much bigger money and more regular football) was bigger than the temptation to provide backup to Wojciech Szczesny.
Speaking to Sky Sports about his decision to swap Serie A for the Premier League, Cesar revealed the talks with Arsenal and how he was planning ahead for life after football.
“I accepted this proposal [of QPR] because I wanted to live in London.
“I have an amazing way of life here and I’m giving my family a great opportunity to grow up culturally.
“I talked with Arsenal in the last transfer window, and they were really happy about me playing for them, but at the last minute I moved to QPR.
“QPR has a project, and I dream about that project coming true. But I came here because I was thinking about my future once I quit football, that’s true.
“The fact that I can speak Portuguese, Italian and now English will give me opportunities in the future to be a director once I quit football. Even at QPR I could work as a director.”
Anyway, perhaps we can get him next season when QPR go down. It should be all the easier when Mark Hughes fills the void left by Arsene Wenger in the Gunners dugout. Who knows, we might even be able to get Traore back…and finally push through that move for Joey Barton…and Adel Taarabt.
Just kidding. Just kidding.