The Sting of Freddie Leaving Arsenal

Brad SimkuletSenior Analyst IJuly 23, 2007

I really didn't much care when Henry left. I liked henry, I loved watching him score goals from arsenal, but I have thought for the last couple of seasons (as my posts on this site will attest) that it was time for him to go.

But Freddie leaving really sucks. It sucks for a couple of reasons.

The first is personal. He's been my favourite gunner since he arrived. He always plays the game with passion, even when he's playing poorly, and I loved watching him cut across that right side—especially when he was linking up with Pires or Bergkamp or Viera to score goals.

There was always something relaxing for me when I was watching a game and I saw his bald head or his bright red dye job. He was the comfort food of arsenal for me, and I am personally sad to see him gone (and also pissed because he once said he'd not play in England again because it would be too hard on Arsenal fans, bastard).

The second reason is his experience. He was the longest serving Gunner. He is Sweden's captain. I felt like we could have used those qualities this season. We're going to be giving a serious go at the top two this year, I am sure of it, but I think it would have been easier if we'd have ljungberg on the bench. I thought it was time for him to slip into a role more like what Bergkamp held in his last few years, and i think Freddie would have been good at it, and good for us.

It was not to be, clearly.

Now my big question is this: what outfield player do I get excited about?

The only player left I currently love is mad Jens (and how long will he last?). Ah well, I am sure I will love others. C'mon Eduardo & VP. Make me love you.

Of course, I could always make it hleb. No one else likes him, so why not me?