So, after 9 years loyal service, Mr Frederik Ljungberg was finally shown the door this week. And shown the door he was. His bleatings of 'broken promises' and a 'lack of investment' are exactly the type of spiel you hear from players who've just been dumped. Essentially, 'well, I would have left anyway, because you're rubbish now'. No Freddie, if Arsene hadn't let you go, you would have stayed, quietly cashed your enormous wages, and rolled on the floor feigning injury for another two years.
And Arsene was absolutely right to sell him. £3million in the bank and £60k of the wage cap is no small chunk of change. Moreover, Freddie has been, on average, rubbish for the last two seasons.
Ok, we had the battling champions league performances as he marauded between the midfield and attack; ok, we had the wonderful goal against Bolton last season. And Ok, don't get me wrong Freddie is a complete legend. His goals against Liverpool away in 2001-2 and in the cup final against Chelsea are two of the most thrilling moments of my Arsenal watching career, instances which make fans believe that a team is on the cusp of greatness and silverware.
But, the simple facts don't lie. He didn't score in the league last season; he mustered less than 5 goals in the previous season. With Dennis gone, and his pace waning, Freddie was a spent force. A Giggs-esque revival was most definitely not on the cards. It was his time to go; the glue-factory awaited.
Much of the analysis regarding Freddie's transfer has,wrongly or rightly, focused on the end of The Invincibles. And whilst of that glorious 2004 side, only Kolo, Jens, Clichy and Gilberto remain, Arsene has been right to dismantle it.
Vieira and Henry had peaked at the club. They were either coasting or had already given their best years to us. Arsene was right to cash in.
Edu and Cole might have been kept if contracts had been better dealt with. However, this was not Arsene's fault, and, especially in Cole's case, he was presented with a near fait accompli regarding their departure.
Dennis retired; Bobby and Lauren were past it; Sol had mentally lost his way.
Arsene has been right to let these players leave. The invincibles of 2004 are dead. Let's move on.
Yet whilst Arsene can't be faulted for purging this collection of players from the club, he needs to strengthen the squad. At present, we have an exciting crop of talent. Yet more bodies are needed. One, if not two wingers need to come in. Players over the age of 23 need to bring their experience to the team. Our squad, as it stands, is one of the thinnest I can remember, positively anorexic in appearance. It's one or two injuries away from a crisis, especially given the propensity of some of our players to pick up niggles or worse.
So the departure of Freddie continues the destruction of the greatest Arsenal team ever constructed thusfar. Arsene has been correct to remove the deadweight; but he needs to add some new Invincibles. Fast.