It was always going to take something fairly hefty to break up the promised silence between my last post and the launch of the new Arsenal FC Blog scheduled for the 13th of August.
As it is, it’s not just one great piece of news, but two.
You don’t need me to tell you how significant this decision could be and full credit must go to Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board for standing firm under severe (and often unfair) pressure from Barcelona to ensure Fabregas remained an Arsenal player.
You can check out a full statement from Fabregas about the summer dealings here.
It’s actually quite interesting read – particularly the part about Arsenal rejecting two formal bids from Barcelona.
The second piece of great news is for all of the Australian Arsenal supporters out there (of which I am one and therefore know how many there really are).
Channel One Digital has managed to snatch up the rights to all of Arsenal’s (and Liverpool’s, for the record) games next season and will be showing them all, as well as some Arsenal TV stuff, for free.
It’s been a long time since any Premier League games have been free-to-air in Australia and it is almost unbelievable to think that only Arsenal and Liverpool fans will be given the privilege.
It also suggests to me that Arsenal may be looking to grow their fan-base in one of the fastest-developing football nations and it will be interesting to see how many young kids are running around in Arsenal shirts, rather than the usual Manchester United and Liverpool shirts, in ten years time.
I suspect there will be a few.
You can read Channel One’s full press release here.
Anyway, that’s it for now. See you all on the August 13 for the re-launch!
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