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feb 27th 2002

22.41 – Arsenal 4 -1 Bayer Leverkeusen. Goals from Pires, Henry, Vieira and Bergkamp. Not bad considering we started tonight without Adams, Keown, Cole, Upson, Van Bronckhurst, Ljungberg, Jeffers, Kanu, Parlour and Luzhny. Due to my location I had to listen on the radio. That’s where I have to follow most of the games, aside from those live on television. I normally get to THOF twice a year. Some quick thoughts – Pires is fucking brilliant, long may he reign. We’re a fabulous attacking side, if we could add a top class keeper and another top class centre half to go with the fella we stole from Spurs, we’d be awesome.

Silvinho – I saw him playing for Celta Vigo at the weekend. I always thought he looked like he’d been raised by wolves.

INJURY – confirmed by this link that GVB is out for about 9 months with a cruciate ligament injury. It seems like this kind of injury is becoming more and more common. Is it because the players these days are such finely tuned athletes that when something goes wrong it goes really wrong? Don Hutchison has the same injury, picked up the same weekend. Perhaps there were cruciate goblins at loose last Saturday. Anyway, surgery and gruelling rehab is the order of the next few months for Gio. Get well soon.

Onwards now to the Newcastle game. They’re good this season – but I can’t quite figure out why. Most of their players are pretty average, with a few like Solano, Shearer ~~~spit, and Robert a level or two above. I hate Craig Bellamy. He won’t play because he’s injured. It’s hard to convey sarcasm well over the internet, but use your imagination as I say “Oooooh, I do hope it’s not career threatening”.

17.05 – Saw this somewhere – http://www.portalhosts.com/entertainment/arsenal/arsenal.asp – it’s always nice to laugh at other people’s misfortune.

15:44 – Arsenal v Bayer Leverkeusen tonight. No left back – they’re all injured. Cole close to a comeback, Giovanni Van Bronckhurst might be out for the season. The jury is still out on Gio I reckon. He’s a bit lightweight, but he’s been unlucky with injuries. Still though, I’d have thought he’d make the midfield position his own ahead of Ray Parlour. Looks like Lee Dixon will play there. I think we’re going to have to score a good few tonight. Thierry and Bob should have too much for them.

Feb 27th 2002 – The A R S E B L O G is born amidst a fanfare of pure silence and a rippling of no applause. Not sure what way this thing is going to go, it has no plan, no direction, no aim, no purpose – simply a tool for me to ramble on about all things Arsenal and maybe some other stuff instead. Anyway, I shall crack on.