I never thought it would happen quite like this, and with so little resistance from the club, but this morning it looks increasingly as though the Vieira era is drawing to a close.
A career that began as a substitute against Sheffield Wednesday in September 1996 looks set to have ended with that FA Cup winning penalty that sent us all ballistic back in May. As final bows go, it’s not a bad one.
Juve claim the deal will be announced today, though there’s still a chance Madrid will come in for him, just as they have for the last two summers. Of course, there’s a chance he won’t leave at all.
There are reasons for everything, so there’s a good reason for this, I suppose, should it happen. Money, as I mentioned before, is a factor here, but it’s very difficult to gauge whether we need to raise money before we can spend more. If that were the case, why not sell Edu a year ago, or Wiltord the year before that, rather than letting them disappear off into the Bosman distance?
I suspect it’s more fundamental than that â€“ Vieira’s condition, his form perhaps, his desire to be at Arsenal, the shape of the future team. All these things and more, who knows.
More on this in the next few days.
Comforting Words From Cole
We get OK Magazine in our office â€“ the reasons for which escape me â€“ and I took a look at it yesterday â€“ the reasons for which escape me. The cover story features our very own Ashley Cole with his affianced, and as is always the case, most of the editorial is flowery and concerned with dresses and love and things like that.
However, towards the end of the article the interviewer summons up the courage to get down to the nitty-gritty by asking Ash whether he will be playing at Arsenal this season, to which he replied;
“Watch this space”.
It’s nice to know he’s back on side, thenâ€¦