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Arsenal FC: The Pride of London

A story with the club I love so much, The Arsenal
Started on 3 September 2013 by Seni
Latest Reply on 13 October 2013 by Louis O.
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Should I kill the ref or what do you prefer me to do him? I just did get my TortureARef kit...
2013-09-22 18:54#135553 Pauker : Should I kill the ref or what do you prefer me to do him? I just did get my TortureARef kit...

Please do both!
4000 views, thanks a lot guys :)


Its great to know you're joining such a big club!



*The words of Ross Barkley*

Up till today, I still can't believe I'm joining Arsenal Football Club, its a dream come true. When I was a little child, I used to watch football and dream to play for clubs such as Arsenal. I am not saying there is anything wrong with Everton, they are a massive club that I respect dearly, but Arsenal are one of the best. When I was younger, people thought I was cocky and pompous because I said I wanted to be a footballer alone, talkless of dreaming of playing for a top club in England. I remember practicing in the cage of the playgrounds and I used to get a lot of stick because I always pretended to be the commentator and called myself Wayne Rooney, Gerrard etc.

Before signing the contract, I got in contact with Jack Wilshere and he told me that I had made the right choice and that I had joined the team at the right time. I'm looking forward to playing with him and all the other players but there is something about him that I adore. His drive and passion. Many think he is arrogant, I disagree. He just cares a lot and puts in a lot of effort, unfortunately, people fail to realize that. Another player like him is Aaron Ramsey, he shows a lot of passion on the pitch and I love that. Hopefully I can replicate that and have some success on the pitch for Arsenal.

Me saying that I've supported Arsenal since I was a little boy would be lying, but I love their style of play. I believe their football suits me well, a quick passing game where they dominate the game thanks to the midfield. I'm not expecting to start, I will have to work my way into the squad and earn a place, but I'm excited to play my first game for the club. To be able to play with the likes of Ozil and Santi Cazorla is mind blowing, if you were to ask me months ago, I would have said playing with such world class players is a myth.



I've visited the training ground and all the facilities and I'm very impressed. Everton's training facilities are good, but Arsenal's are world class and what you call state of the art facilities. I look forward to working hard in London Colney.

I am still on contract at Everton, therefore, I remain an Everton player and must respect the club. Even when I move on I will always have respect for this wonderful club. Without this club, I reckon I would still be playing in league two and probably just sending myself to a world class team on FIFA or football manager. I must thank the former Everton manager and now United manager, David Moyes and Roberto Martinez for having faith and confidence in me. Those are two things every player wishes for from their manager.

Although I am still a player of Everton, I wish them all the best in the future and hope they succeed and achieve all their dreams and goals. I will soon be a gunner!
WOW great to see such a player wear red and white :P
2013-09-23 18:26#135644 wellsy1498 : WOW great to see such a player wear red and white :P

lool yep :D
I'd like to welcome you, Ross Barkley to Arsenal F.C.! Great signing mate, I'd like to see how he performs in such a great midfield-wise team.
2013-09-23 19:38#135668 Pauker : I'd like to welcome you, Ross Barkley to Arsenal F.C.! Great signing mate, I'd like to see how he performs in such a great midfield-wise team.

Wish I signed him in the summer!
That update is the reason your are currently winning SOTM at 8:15AM Aussie time (for anyone checking). I actually felt like Barkley in that update. Great signing mate.
2013-09-23 22:16#135695 Walter : That update is the reason your are currently winning SOTM at 8:15AM Aussie time (for anyone checking). I actually felt like Barkley in that update. Great signing mate.

Thank you very much Walter, it means a lot to me :)
Wow. What an update, even if you took Ross Barkley off Everton. Great story, and you can see why it deserved a SOTM nomination. Quick Question though, where do you get your kit templates?
Hi, I'm "new" on this forum, well actually.. I come along for a while on this forum.
But now I decided to register after following your story so I can say it to you with these words: your story is inspiring and I really like reading it man! Keep up the awesome updates and I hope you conquer Europe with Arsenal and go back to 2006 and beat them this time ;)
Edu: Thank you very much, positive words like that mean a lot to me :) Here is the link for the kits http://www.mediafire.com/download/t9n65tiad960f7q/England+-+Premier+League+SS%2713-14.rar

Red Devil: For someone to say that I inspired them to register the site is very touching! Welcome to the site, you will enjoy it a lot and thanks for the support! :)


It's been a wonderful journey



*words of Tomas Rosicky*

Being on the last year of my contract at Arsenal, a lot has been going through my mind. Do I push for an extension, or do I just wait and see what happens? I'm 32 years old right now, in football I'm more or less a grandpa. Arsenal being a young good side, it would be hard for me to start. With my injury records and new signings, my chances of playing has and still will decreased. That is why, I have decided to reject a new contract at the club, if offered.

Arsenal is a club that is and will always be in my heart. Despite my past injuries, they have stuck by me 100%, like a lioness and its cub. Out of all the clubs in the world, if you were as injury prone as myself, 99.9 % of them will release you after some time, not Arsenal Football Club, because its more than a football club, its a family, its a drug that once you take it in, you can't get it out of your system. You become addicted to the club, everything about you is to do with the club. When you finally think you've overcome the drug (leaving Arsenal), you find out the drug is still in you. Ask players such as Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and many more.

I remember when I joined Arsenal back in 2006 and I was told I was going to wear the number 7 shirt. Not only was I shocked, but ecstatic and thrilled. To have taken over a shirt previously worn by the likes of Liam Brady, Robert Pires, David Rocastle, was a true honour. Alongside with taking over the number 7 shirt, I took onboard the pressure of living up to the expectations set by previous Arsenal players who bared the same number as myself.

August 8th, 2006. The day that I made my full debut for Arsenal Football Club in a champions league qualifier, we won 3-0 that day so it was a very successful day. A day that I went home with a huge smile on my face was on the 13th September, 2006 when I scored my first ever goal against Hamburg. Scoring that goal was a wonderful feeling, the adrenaline rush in me while I watched the ball fly into the net was unbearable. I hadn't scored a goal and I sensed that the fans were wondering if I was a bad signing, it was a huge confidence booster.

If I was to pick my favourite goals scored, three are obvious stand outs. The first goal was a a volley against Newcastle United some years ago, I had just come back from a long term injury and so scoring was a brilliant way of showing my appreciation for the fans patience and the clubs too. The second goal was against Tottenham. If you ask any Arsenal player, nothing feels better than scoring against Tottenham in a North London Derby, apart from winning a trophy of course, hopefully in my last season we can do that. After scoring that goal I went crazy, I wanted to jump into the crowd and celebrate with them, but I knew that I would pick up a yellow card and that could haunt me later on in the game. My favourite ever goal must be against West Brom when I scored twice. I remember that game very very well. It was very frightening. We were a man down and we had to defend for our lives! I remember screaming for Olivier to come back and smash the ball away when he could, it was a very crucial victory.

Although I don't leave till next year, I would like to thank Arsenal FC for everything they have done for me. This club has been my family, not my second family, but my actual family. This club is in my blood. Everyday I lie down and imagine what my life would be like without this club and a tear rolls down my cheek. Its horrible. However, sadly the fairytale must come to an end. Arsenal FC will always be in my heart, once a gunner, always a gunner!


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