A New Chapter
London. It wasn't the first time I had set foot in the English capital but it WAS the most exciting time I had. Since agreeing my move from Madrid, I couldn't stop thinking about Arsenal. On the flight home from Germany (where I was having my medical) all I could think about was Arsenal. It was a real honour that Arsene Wenger had chosen me as his summer signing and the fans of Arsenal seemed pleased that I was joining from what I had seen on the news.
Of course it was not easy for me to leave Madrid. They were my home for many years. But I had to put that out of my mind. Arsenal were my team now and I had to show that I was ready to make the switch. With Gareth Bale coming into Madrid, there was no room for me, but I am grateful that they decided to sell me, rather than just keep me on the bench.
I hope that in my time with Arsenal, I can help them back to their former ways and hopefully help them in the Champions League as well. That would be the one thing I missed from Real Madrid. Being genuinely feared when you played in the Champions League. Maybe we can do well. Maybe not. But for now, I don't care. I am just pleased to be here and to be given another chance.
Since my first training session, I have felt instantly welcomed by the team and the fans. Especially Olivier Giroud. He has really welcomed me and has taken me out to places in London to make me feel at home. He has also let me stay with him until I buy a house in the area. I am yet to sell my house in Spain, so my partner is still there keeping the house in order until we buy a house. Then she will fly here to the UK and we can live together in the new house.
Thanks for reading. Since the discussion about player stories earlier, I have also decided to start one. I will try to update as often as I can and will make the updates as interesting as I can. Thanks.