Jun 112008

It has been a good 24 hours to be an Arsenal fan. First Carlos Vela appears to be being genuinely kind to his countryman Giovani dos Santos, wishing him well in his time at Spurs, and then out of nowhere he comes out with this gem:

“He is a very good player and let’s hope he can then move on to a better team.”

Superb stuff – yet to make his debut and we already love the guy.

Next, Aaron Ramsey confirmed that he has chosen Arsenal ahead of United and Everton, after Wenger flew him out on a private jet to Switzerland. Like with the Nordtveit signing from last summer, it really seems like Wenger has that certain something that makes these players decide that putting their future in his hands is the best approach. Long may it continue. Ramsey, for his part, had this to say:

“It is an honour to be wanted by massive clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton. In the end I had to make the decision I felt was right for my future.”

Very encouraging to know that Wenger still inspires that belief in some of the world’s best young talents. At 5m, he isn’t cheap, and you can expect Sepp Blatter to scream from the rooftops about a lack of English players, Ramsey being conveniently Welsh.

With Nasri still set to arrive after the Euros, that brings to the total of new midfielders to three, including Vela’s return from Spain. They may all be young, but with the collection of young talent now so deep, the future is in wonderful hands.

And it is still only mid June. Chelsea haven’t even got a manager yet.

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