The Curse Of The Arsenal Captains Arm band

The Invincibles 2003-04 Premier League Winners

Patrick Viera, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas were all great Arsenal captains and players that lead the team with guile, grit, pride and determination which was an absolute joy to watch enthused with champagne football great passing, pace and movement and an unequalled passion to win. Each of the players in question all shared the same exit route all left as captains and apart from Viera were respectful to Arsene Wenger the man who brought them to prominence by travelling overseas and not joining rival premier league teams lining up against the very man who had faith and belief to expose their talents to the world.

Viera a once powerful and skilled centre midfielder for the gunners left and moved to Italian giants Juventus who initially won the league but were stripped of the Seria A title and evidently relegated to the Italian second division fuelling his move to another Italian super power Inter Milan where he suffered a string of recurring injuries but accumulated a good level of success before doing the unthinkable and returning to the premier league to play for newly crowned premier league champions Manchester city for his last big pay-day sticking a further thorn in the side of  Wenger by convincing the likes of Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri to leave the Gunners for the sky blues. This move was after two more Arsenal faithful’s had left three previous year namely Kolo Toure and Adebayor, who can forget that infamous Adebayor’s goal against Arsenal for Man city with that defiant ill-advised goal celebration in front of the fans who once rated him highly showing absolutely no respect to the club who had raised his profile and made him recognisable on the world stage.

Adebayor celebrates is goal against Arsenal in front of Arsenal Fans
(picture from The Guardian)

He then went on to show more lack of loyalty by joining the Gunners fiercest rivals Tottenham Hotspurs on loan joining up with former gunner William Gallas, both moves were completely unforgivable and blacklisted them from the Arsenal followers affections for life. It is indeed a strange coincidence that he was caught up in a discrepancy with another former Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie during tha match with Man city, ironically this was one of the reasons why Van persie failed to join Man city and in turn choose their counterparts Manchester United. I deem the move to Arsenals biggest rivals as another treacherous and money oriented move, to think he was supposed to fill the massive boots of Arsenals legendary Dennis Bergkamp and although his last season was outstanding scoring 27 premier league goals and securing the golden boot in effect this was his only full season he had ever played in the red and white. The previous years were plagued with Injuries causing his Arsenal career to stop and start the club remained patient with the Dutch man and believed in his incredible ability to find the net, this was repaid by publicly announcing to the footballing world that he would not be signing a new deal with the gunners.

He went on to write his name in the history books as the first player in premier league history to move from Arsenal to Manchester united a big knife in the back of the very man who had faith in him from the start by joining a rival. What makes it much more of a travesty is the manner in which it was conducted the will he won’t he saga which we have seen in recent years with regards to the Gunners out list which hurts the clubs plans in assembling the correct strategy to achieve success on the pitch.

Fortunately Arsene Wenger had already bought the replacements of Lukas Podolski along with another left footed striker Olivier Giroud whether the pair can fill the void of the former talisman remains to be seen. Santi Carzola another new acquisitions bought from spanish side Malaga for 16 million seems to be the most Promising out of the three new acquisitions which was demonstrated on the opening day of the season, although it finished a nil nil draw he showed enough fizz to prove he will cause a lot of problems for opposing teams. Podolski looked off the pace and Giroud missed an absolute sitter towards the end of the game admittedly its early days but the signs look ominous.

Giroud, Poldolski, Carzola

Barcelona came knocking once again!! to obscure another gunner to add to the list of Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Silvinho , Van Bronckhorst, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas and recruited Alexander Song heaving more heart ache on the already ravished Arsenal side. The likes of Denilson, Chamakh, Bendtner, Squillaci, Jenkinson , Arshavin, Park and Djourou have not been to the level expected of an Arsenal player The invincibles were a collective of true gladiators the way in which they played was an awe-inspiring display of footballing ability.

David Dein & Arsene Wenger (picture from

It can be also said that the decline is in direct cohesion with the departure of David Dein a close ally of Arsene Wenger his love of the club enabled him to make decisions which helped aid Arsene in bringing in the very best untapped world talent he was instrumental in obtaining all of the top arsenal stars in the premier league era and evidentially has been sorely missed. The current majority share holder Stan Kronke who clearly has no interest in spending money on the team which in current times doesn’t win you trophies ironically he is a multi billionaire but has tightened the purse strings. If you take a look at the money spent on the new signings in the approximate region of 40 million this has already been recouped by the sales of Van persie , Alexander Song and Carlos Vela. What makes it an even bigger conundrum is the fact that the second largest shareholder Usmarov is willing spend on the top players he to is a billionaire but he is being silenced by the old-fashioned board leader Peter Hill. The season will be a very telling tale is it possible to conceive the conducive thought of Arsenal waking up the sleeping giant embedded within the thread of club my prediction is a top four finish which has always been the minimum requirement the task is set we will either sink or swim time will tell.

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