Date:Friday September 1 2006
Media Whores, Ashley Cole & Jose Antonio Reyes has finally left the Gunners.
Last summer Ashley Cole was treated harshly by the Arsenal board after initially agreeing a pay deal of around 60K a week had his original offer cut to 55K, which quite understandably angered to England left back, but what was to follow ripped apart the bond between Cole and the Highbury faithful.
If Cole would have put in a transfer request I`m sure Arsenal fans would have understood, again if Cole wanted to write a book condemning the actions of the board the we would have understood, but what we can`t understand, nor forgive, is the fact that he sought a meeting with Chelsea (be it to try and angle a pay rise or a transfer) and when his actions find out, he refused to accept he`d done anything wrong. This we can not tolerate.
The fact that we got a decent price & one of the finest centre backs in the game for the little Chav is a small mercy, however deep inside we Gooners still seethe.
The second departure of the day is whiney mummy`s boy Jose Antonio Reyes. This move is actually quite disappointing as Reyes potential was very high and we Gooners had very high expectations of the player after his extremely high transfer fee, however despite his high assist rate he pretty much failed to deliver.
Arsenal fans finally lost patience with the player when his constant moaning a desperate pleas to Real Madrid to snap him up came to a head when he was pictured wearing a Real Madrid shirt, this act showed a complete disrespect for the club, the fans and most of all, his manager that gave him so many chances and stood by him through thick and thin.
Reyes initially said that he would like to go back to Spain however if no move was possible then he was more than happy to remain at Arsenal and help the club fight for honors as his problem was with the culture rather than the club. Jose soon changed his tune when a move wasn`t forth coming and he spat his dummy out, declaring he would never play in England again.
In exchange for Reyes, the mighty Gunners have received a very powerful tool in the shape of Julio Baptista, Mr. Wenger`s main transfer target last season.
So I`d just like to wish the departing players the best of luck in their new careers, you believe there is greener grass just over the horizon, but there is no greater club on this planet than Arsenal Football Club.
Date:Friday September 1 2006
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