On the day of a great London derby, I am writing this letter to a person who made me fall in love with a club of which he is no longer a part of. Even more perturbing he ended up playing for Arsenal’s biggest rivals. Yes I say it again it was disturbing, and yes as a Gooner and his fan, it took a hell lot of courage to take in that news (I am not embarrassed to say that I cried). I guess unlike me Sir Wenger never saw the dream of playing both Cesc and Ozil in the same team come true. All things apart I finally understood that it was your decision and you have the right to choose what is best for yourself.
Finally after a few weeks I had moved on, but then I read an article where it was published that you would have been booed by Arsenal fans even if you had joined another team. Unfortunately, though, it may become a reality. So I write this letter to reach out my fellow Gooners to remind them of what you have done for us. For the love of God, we must not treat him as a traitor. Also reminding them about recent comment of yours that no matter what happens and we Gooners think about you, you will always remain a Gooner, shows your love for the club.
As a Gooner I have to be honest here that we must not hold any grudge against you for joining Chelsea. When all is said and done, we gooners must not forget that it was you who wanted to come back and we had a buy back contract which was not triggered. It’s strange how things change in football. Three years ago you were the fulcrum of our team and recently you were not allowed to return. Despite our ignorance you still supported our club by saying that the future belongs to Jack and Ramsey. The fault was at our end and it makes me feel unhappy when people start labelling you as the new Judas who betrayed us. We Gooners must understand this and I wish my fellow fans who will come to watch you at the Bridge and at the Emirates will remember the things which you have done for the club and will support you.
I have to admit that even if I only saw you play on television almost 8000 kilometers away (i wish i could have watched you play for real and I hope I will someday). No one can deny that if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have been a Gooner. I am proud to say that first I became a Cesc Fabregas fan and your love for our club made me an Arsenal fan. We cannot forget the infinite moments you gave us Gunners to celebrate. I still remember that absolute dynamite against Tottenham and the 2008 win against defending champions Milan in the Champions league . It was an emotional moment for most of us fans and your bond with Sir Wenger made me love both my club and you even more.
Hopefully this letter will remind my fellow Gooners about your contribution to Arsenal, and you can return the gratitude by not celebrating any goals you score or the assists you provide against us, showing respect for your old club. You will always be remembered as one of the club’s most talented and creative players . Personally I will never hold a grudge against you for what destiny has done and will always cheer you even when you play in that blue shirt. I wish you all the luck and hope that you continue showing the world how great a footballer you are, and furthermore an even greater person and a role model for many.
Now my love and respect for you doesn’t mean that I will be rooting for Chelsea in the near future but I certainly will still be rooting for the man who came to Arsenal as a raw talented boy and became one of the best footballers in the world.
You will always be respected.
A Gooner. (Shubham Mahajan)