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So yesterday, after all of the speculation, endless retelling of his impending arrival and all-round media bluster, Arsenal confirmed that Petr Cech was officially an Arsenal player.

I, like you, am very pleased. I’ll talk a little bit about the signing in a sec, but as I chewed the fat with a fellow Gooner in the office yesterday, I could not help but pine for the ‘old days’ when a transfer came out of the blue.

Thanks to social media and the ever-instant access to information that we all now have, the Cech deal got to a stage where we all knew it was happening, it was just a matter of time.

There was no “bloody hell, we’ve signed Bergkamp!” about the announcement yesterday, nor a legendary surprise like the one Arsène gave the media when introducing Sol Campbell to the assembled hacks, who thought we’d be announcing Richard Wright instead...

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Danny Welbeck believes that early setbacks in his career have made him a stronger person and a better player.

The England forward struggled with Osgood-Schlatter disease when he was playing for Manchester United’s academy sides before his loan spell to Preston North End was cut short due to injury.

However, Welbeck overcame his problems and is now reaping the rewards.

The fans are very special in this game and it’s great that the Arsenal fans have taken to me so well

“It’s not always going to be a clean sail through,” the 24-year-old told Arsenal Player. “Getting injured is a massive setback. When you look back at it, it makes you a better and a stronger person today but at the time it’s hard to deal with...

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Jack Wilshere has revealed how he first discovered he would be playing for Arsenal’s first team.

The midfielder joined the Gunners’ academy at the age of nine and rose through the ranks, catching the eye with several matchwinning displays, most notably in the 2009 FA Youth Cup final, where he scored a goal and provided two assists against Liverpool.

Wilshere’s performances merited him a place in Arsène Wenger’s preliminary squad for a 2008/09 pre-season training camp, and the youngster’s rapid rise did not finish there...

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