No football last night so a quick round-up of the Arsenal related stories.
Thierry Henry has denied cheating to win the free kick against Spain. He said:
Spain’s left-back Mariano Perina was going to win the ball so I don’t know why Puyol cut across me, but he did. I don’t cheat.
I think it was a free kick, to be honest, but that wasn’t the issue that had people talking. It was the way he held his face when there wasn’t any contact above his chest. Anyway, it’s all in the past now. We have to stop living in the past. Anyway, Henry is glad to have won for Zinedine Zidane and the French coach Raymond Dommenech has blasted the Spanish fans for being racist. He obviously saw and heard something but the one thing that was a surprise was the Spanish fans whistling and booing the French national anthem.
As Henry looks forward to the quarter-finals Cesc Fabregas is upset that Spain went out. The young midfielder said:
Once again I walk out as a loser. It has already happened in the Champions League final and it’s painful. I know that I am young and that there will be other tournaments, but time flies and you need to take advantage of these opportunities.
And that’s the kind of attitude that will make him a winner. Defeats like that are character building. Not much fun though.
In non World Cup news Sheffield Wednesday are interested in Mart Poom whose Arsenal career highlight is giving me a high-five after our goal in the Champions League final.
Former captain Tony Adams has been named assistant manager at Portsmouth. Harry + Tony = the biggest bollocks talkers in the league.
Finally Keith Edelman says the new stadium is on schedule and practically ready to go. He also revealed that parts of the stadium would be named and fans would have the chance to vote via the Arsenal website.
“The David Hiller luggage lockers” – “The Glenn Helder car park” – “The Nelson Vivas steakhouse” – “The Sol Campbell specially extended doorway for really fat people to get through”
Plenty more, no doubt.