So finally, that smirking, showboating, arrogant, devastating footballer known as Ronaldo is leaving our shores and whoever M*nure buy in his place, the current Champions are not going to be the same.
A player we all loved to hate, and someone who clearly had more than his fair share of successes against Arsenal, particularly in the Champions League last season, Ronaldo’s departure should weaken the Old Trafford lot.
Someone suggested to me earlier that they’ll just go out and buy Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema and if that’s the case, we’re all in a lot of trouble.
But I don’t think they’ll do that, because of the small matter of $1bn debt the club has to service. It is more likely to be Antonio Valencia, who I’ve hardly ever noticed for Wigan, and maybe one other.
But what’s more relevant for us Gooners apart from the weakening of one of our rivals, is the opportunities it could create for Arséne Wenger.
Yep, he’s been linked with Edin Dzeko, and if that’s true, it’s great, but the fact that the Wolfsburg striker says he wants to go to AC Milan probably closes that door. The Italians have a lot of money to burn after selling Kaka and the Bosnian will probably get his wish.
Wenger is looking at strikers for one of two reasons: either he is in the middle of selling Manu Adebayor (and Hooray say all of us!) or he has doubts about the long term fitness of viability of Eduardo.
I sincerely hope it’s the former, because Eduardo still has a lot to offer and if this site has anything to do with it, he’ll be first choice next season.
But if Dzeko goes to Italy and Adebayor leaves, that means we need a striker and who better than that old Addict favourite, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar?
Eight goals in 20 games last season for Real is no bad return for a player getting used to a new league and the fact that he was left out of their Champions League squad suggests his status is not exactly stellar.
Ronaldo may want to play as a winger, but real need to balance the books and the squad somehow, and that means a player like Huntelaar could become one of Wenger’s typical bargains. Buy a player who has disappointed when first given a break (Vieira at AC Milan, Henry at Juve) and polish him up once more.
Could be good business.
Given the doubts over Tomas Rosicky’s long term fitness and Andrey Arshavin’s insistence that he prefers playing behind the main striker, Wenger might catch another bargain at Madrid.
Dutch creators Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart are outstanding players and would fit in quickly and easily to the Arsenal way, and one of them is surely going to be surplus to requirements now Poncing Ronnie is on his way to Spain.
Yes, before you say it, I know we should be prioritising central defence and a combative central midfielder - and I hope 16 year old kids from Feyenoord and Ivory Coast youngsters are not the sum total of our recruitment this summer.
But when opportunities present themselves, those who move fastest to secure the bargains are likely to be most successful – and Wenger’s track record of re-invigorating players is second to none.