I have to admit it, meeting ones hero is a nerve wracking experience. “Squeaky bum time” is, I think, the official footballing term.
What would he be like in person? Would he be friendly? Would he be late? He’d just played for Barcelona in the Champions league the night before and picked up a knock, so would he turn up at all?
For years I’ve admired his creativity and vision, pulling the strings in the centre of Arsenal’s midfield. Now I was to play alongside him and needed to display my own creative vision for our Puma Dreamcatcher films. Would we click? Would he get what we were doing? And most importantly would he want to join in and play?
A game of two halves
We were teaming Cesc up with Ksenyia Simonova, the enigmatic Sand Artist and winner of Ukrane’s got talent! – (No, you’re not dreaming, this is all true) aka the Puma Dreamcatcher.
This was not going to be the usual footballer interview. Cesc would tell us his inner most thoughts, dreams and memories. And Kseniya would bring them to through her amazing sand art. At least that was the idea.
The experience was incredible, the results insightful and mesmeric.
And Cesc, as hoped, joined in and played a blinder.
So Cesc, thank you for the kick about. It was a pleasure. And good luck for the Euro’s
Next stop Prague, where we’ll meet Arsenal’s current midfield maestro Tomas Rosicky. What will he be dreaming of? Someone pinch me please!
Goodfellas (the film not the pizzas)