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I’m Here To Stay

If there is one thing i like about Arsenal fans, it has to be their ‘religious fanaticism’ especially here in Nairobi. With the Gunners facing a very hard opening match against Liverpool tomorrow at Anfield, there is even more reason to celebrate as their long serving coach Arsene Wenger signed a contract extension yesterday that will see him stay with the London club for another 4 years.

You would have to Walk on the streets of downtown Nairobi on any given weekend to see what i mean. Every other jersey you see is literally an Arsenal jersey. Sure, Manchester UnitedChelsea and Liverpool do have ardent fans, however, the Arsenal faithful make them look totally insignificant.

Personally, i am more of a Chelsea fan, however, i have to admit that i do enjoy watching Arsenal play (of course for reasons that are very obvious). That said, Arsenal is at least assured that their coach won’t be leaving anytime soon.

Not only is Wenger the longest serving Arsenal coach, he is also the club’s most successful winning three Premier League titles and two FA Cup titles.

“My heart belongs to Arsenal and my desire is to see this team win silverware. My commitment and drive are as strong and fresh as ever. Signing a new deal means that I can see this talented group of players reach their potential. Trust me, they are ready to deliver.”

“I believe there are decisive years in front of us, but as well, very exciting years in front of us because the team has matured a lot, there is a lot of potential and that is what I want to show, that we have made the right decisions and that we can win.”

No one doubts Arsenal’s abilities. They normally start off well until about November when they just seem to lose the plot. I do not know how long they can stay without winning titles, because from the way i see things , the players are more desperate and hungrier for titles than the fans.

Photo credit: from Ronnie Macdonald