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I used to love transfer windows. I loved the excitement that came with the possibilities of completely transforming a team from one form to something completely different. In fact, I got a tumblr back years ago specifically to write about transfer windows. Watching film of different players, seeing how they interacted with their team mates.. It was all exciting to me - so much so, that I really wanted to look into being a scout as a profession. I would jump at the chance, by the way, in case someone with hiring ability at arsenal is reading this.... haha.
Anyway - I'm sure we've all read through the narrative of stingy Arsenal and our lack of excitement in the transfer windows. The glory days of Arsenal had seemed to be fading, and the "in Arsene we Rust" banners seemed to be more numerous than those of the "in Arsene we Trust" variety. I don't think I need to go over that any more.
Roll on 2011 and the exodus of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to Barcelona and Manchester City, respectively. In the case of Nasri, however, not so respectfully. In 2012 I was shocked when Robin van CuntfaceJudasBastard went to Manchester United, and on twitter I relentlessly mock the little boy living inside him, even if he did help them win the league last year. He won't this year, I am pretty certain that David Moyes' job is to help facilitate United's move into the middle or lower half of the table. Have fun with that project, Robin.
Despite my bitterness and damn near hatred for some of these players - at the time we looked pretty rusty. As a gooner, the cannons are always on the polished and ready to go side, but I'm certain that if looked at from an outside perspective, we were leaning a little towards the decommissioned part of the armory.
And then the summer that changed everything.
It's completely shifted the outlook of the club's future too. Rather than thinking we're looking at M'Vila or career rehabilitation cases, we're looking at the cream of the crop. Arsene said that after years of eating caviar, it's hard to go back to sausages - well it hasn't taken me long to get my taste for caviar back. With Özil, as Igor Guryashkin (@IGuryashkin) has told me on twitter, we're having Beluga.
More later - Thanks for reading guys.
Jon Guzicki - @arsenal_ky
Branch Manager of Arsenal Kentucky.