I'm sure many other rival fans feel the same way as you John. He is indeed a blues legend. But the time is right for him to move on, especially considering the Marseille rumours. I for one have received my money's worth from many a game at the Bridge with the Drog's contribution alone - the wonderstrike against Everton, the lethal near-post finish past Reina in the CL, and many more!
I'm excited to hear about you lot being linked with Mata, and it would be wonderful to see a player of that ability in London, but do you think your Gaffer will bite? After the u21, surely his stock is high and Wenger is notorious for refusing to buy pl;ayers right after a summer tournament.