Date:Wednesday August 16 2006
I was not one of the people who has been calling for the head of Jose Antonio Reyes over the past couple of years, but after the events of recents weeks, it's time for him to go.
It's a real shame that things haven't worked out for the little Spaniard because I really believe he has the talent, pace and desire to succeed in one of the top leagues in the world, however it has now become clear that the league in question will not be ours.
I'm certain we will miss Reyes although some will not agree, however his assist rate will go someway to proving me right.
Right from the begining things didn't go Jose's way, making his debut on a rainy Wednesday night in Middlesbrough he didn't look exactly happy as the heavens opened and he scored an own goal in the 2nd leg of a Carling Cup semi final.
Reyes' struggle to adapt to life in England is no secret, infact Jose has come out on many occasions and stated so himself, but the player has promised to continue to do his utmost in an Arsenal shirt to bring honours to the club. Everyone in the world has felt homesick at some point but for him to commit himself to the club whilst suffering the discomfort of missing his homeland was a an act that commanded respect amongst the Highbury faithful and even made him a firm favorite in some quarters.
However he has now over stepped the mark and has disrespected the club that tried to announce him on the world stage, the way he has prostituted himself to Real Madrid is nothing more than a disgrace, the situation has developed from a homesick player wanting to return to his country of birth to Reyes practically tapping himself up, so to speak.
Manu Adebayor has summed up the situation well in a statement to the Sun,
'The most important thing in life is family, I understand tha, but he is an Arsenal player and should not be talking about other teams.
'Maybe he should just go so we can all move on.'
'Jose looks happy in training, he laughs and jokes and gets on well with the other players.
'But I think his family don't like England and that's why he wants to leave. Maybe his family have put pressure on him but in that case he should go because we don't need unhappy players bringing down our spirit.'
I think Arsene Wenger is aware of the situation, infact he was aware of it long before it came into the public eye, the fact he left Reyes out of the 3-0 in Zagreb shows that he is willing to sell, the only question remaining is for how much?
Date:Wednesday August 16 2006
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