Oh man, international weeks are supposed to be slow and boring but there’s a whole pile of stuff to get through this morning. So no idle chit-chat, no guff, just pure reportage.
Lanky Dane Nicklas Bendtner says he could leave the club ‘permanently’ if he doesn’t start getting more chances. I think the lad needs to bide his time a bit. He’s behind two of the Premier League’s form strikers at the moment and he’s still very young. Some people will suggest he’s got a lot of confidence in his own ability. Others might suggest he’s being rather a bit cocky. He’s shown he’s capable when he’s had chances but he’s got to be a bit more realistic this season, I think. Plus, he shouldn’t forget the ACN in January will see Adebayor off and his chances of playing increased.
Arsene Wenger has played down talk of his poor relationship with Raymond Domenech saying it’s not important and calling him a ‘speccy four-eyed festering cunthole’. Of course he didn’t say that. Arsene would never make fun of somebody just because they need glasses. Meanwhile Kolo Toure reveals why the Arsenal squad have nicknamed Mathieu Flamini ‘Gattuso’.
William Gallas is away with the French side and he’s apologised for being a grump during his spell out injured. To be fair it is very frustrating missing so many games, especially when the team is winning and it looks like you’re not being missed. He’s also told Gael Clichy he’ll get his chance for the national side. At the moment our left back is behind the massively and hilariously overrated Abidal and that wee shitebag Evra. I’m with Gallas on this one, Gael’s time will come.
Another man who looks set to be fit for his country despite missing some games for us is Eduardo. He talks to UEFA.com about his settling in at Arsenal and the expecations of him when it comes to goalscoring.
Tomas Rosicky is another one who hasn’t played for us for a few weeks but will probably play for the Czechs against Germany next week. He reveals he’s been to specialists about his constant injuries and is having custom made insoles fitted into his boots. At this point he should probably take a bull’s tongue and burn it in some kind of ritual because nothing seems to be working. It’s such a shame because you get the feeling he could contribute a great deal if he could get a proper run of games instead of a half dozen at a time before missing another six through injury.
Reports from Spain say that a court has found in favour of Barcelona with regard to a lawsuit they brought against Fran Merida who left the Catalan club to join Arsenal. As players under 16 cannot sign a contract Arsenal were able to bring him to England in the same way they did with Fabregas but the Â£2.1m award against Merida is for his future value and for the value of the training he received. It is believed Arsenal will look after the payment but the player will appeal. When you think about it, it’s a massive award against a young man who certainly does have earning potential but whose career could be over tomorrow due to an injury. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one go to EU courts.
Also coming from Spain are reports in both Marca and El Mundo (two very different perspectives) that Barcelona are ‘launching an offensive’ to bring Cesc to the Camp Nou next season. Marca talks about how Barcelona are going to pinch Cesc from under the noses of Madrid while El Mundo talks about how the Barcelona technical staff never rest and constantly try to get the best players to the club. They say he’ll be perfect to play alongside Henry because they know each other so well. The irony of Barcelona using the press to try and unsettle a player who has a long term contract while taking out a lawsuit and making a teenager, who had NO contract, pay a Â£2.1m fine isn’t lost on me. ‘More than a club’? Yes, indeed. A club of complete and utter cunts. I hope their fucking stadium falls down while they’re rebuilding it.
Jens Lehmann is wanted by Manchester City, according to The Sun. He could then follow in the footsteps of David Seaman who went there after Arsenal and lasted about 10 games before retiring. It’s a different Citeh these days though and with Euro2008 on the horizon and no sign of first team football it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him move in January.
And that’s about it. Plenty to chew on. Till tomorrow.