14 trophies in four years, he will forever be associated with a football club that played (and still plays) some of the most scintillating football in the modern era and his meticulous approach to match preparation means when his football sabbatical is over, there will be no shortage of suitors wanting to give him a job.
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To put it bluntly, it must suck right now to be a Malaga CF supporter. If ever there was a club that represented all that is good and bad about embracing foreign ownership in just a single season, the Andalusian club has gone through it all. The exuberant spending spree in the summer transfer window to reported financial turmoil with an excellent league campaign that secured Champions League football sandwiched in between the two polar opposites, the club now appears to be selling off its prized assets.
If the 3-3 draw with Norwich at the weekend revealed anything about the work that still needs to be done by Arsene Wenger in the transfer market this summer, the midfield was once again overrun by technically inferior opposition, and the defence continues to have the kind of soft centre forwards are only too willing to expose.
So it comes as something of a surprise that the first area of the team Wenger chooses to address is adding more firepower to his forward line by securing the services of Lucas Podolski for a rumoured £10m.
The beauty of having cameras and microphones dotted around Premier League stadiums is not the fact we can get that glorious HD (and 3D) experience or smirk at the odd expletive or two that leaks out pre-watershed, but it is because we get to see the collective and individual mood of a team captured in the heat of the battle that can often be missed being at the game. It is because of these very cameras and microphones that the millions watching the Arsenal versus Manchester United game today could fully absorb the feeling of supporters and even team mates towards a certain Andrey Arshavin.