There has been some good, let me change that, great news, that Cesc and Clichy will tie their futures to us.
You could argue that a contract isn't worth the paper it's written on after the Hleb situation. After all, he has two years left on his deal and is trying to worm his way out.
With Cesc and Clichy though you sense it's different. There seems to be a genuine love for Arsenal from both and you feel that they are not out for what they can get.
Obviously the contracts will ensure that the pair are paid handsomely, but they deserve it.
They both know what Arsenal could possibly achieve and they want to be a part of that. The money helps, but it's more than that for them, and I can see them both at the club for many more years to come.
In fact it's inevitable that they are the future captains of Arsenal. I can see Cesc as skipper and Gael as vice-captain, stepping in when needed.
I'd be happy with that situation!
But are they ready for that yet?
I don't know.
Many are calling for Cesc to be made skipper now. It could work either way. Either it makes him a better player or puts too much pressure on him.
I think that he could cope. He seems to have a very mature head on young shoulders and as I've said, he loves the club.
However, we already have a captain don't we?
If Le Boss takes it away from Gallas then he will leave. And I don't want that. No matter whats happened this season Gallas is still a world-class player and an asset to our club.
Unless Wenger is planning on releasing Gallas in the summer I can't see him taking the armband away from him.
The calls for Cesc to be made captain are right. But not yet.
He could deal with it, noooooooooo problem.
He will and should be the NEXT Arsenal captain and Clichy will be next in command.
Keep it Goonerish.........