Morning all, loads to get through so sit up straight, stop slouching down the back there, and pay attention.
To begin with we’ll look at Jens Lehmann who has been warned, SMITH I TOLD YOU TO PAY ATTENTION, by Franz Beckenbauer that his time at Arsenal could be about to come to an end if he continues with his antics. Beckenbauer will be loving this, obviously. Being a Bayern Munich man and dancing partner of Oliver Kahn he’ll be delighted to see man one suffer a bit. Leaving that aside though he does make a good point. It’ll be interesting to see if Jens makes the squad for the weekend.
Just a day after Arsene Wenger warned people that they need to be patient with Theo Walcott, Emmanuel Adebayor says he can be better than Thierry Henry. The Togonator says:
He is still learning but I can promise you in a few years, Theo will be up with Thierry. He may be more than Thierry because he’s learning very fast, he’s progressing and in a few years Theo will be where he needs to be.
It really is a bit soon to make those sort of comparisons but the good thing is you get the feeling that Theo himself isn’t going to get carried away. He appears to be a very sensible and intelligent young man, which is why the longer he spends out of the England squad the better. We don’t want him mixing with thick cunts like Ashley Cole and John Terry and Joe Cole. They’ll sully him.
William Gallas is still happy. And as we all know a happy Gallas is a good Gallas, or something. Willy’s willy will be on red alert for Sunday, hoping to score another at Anfield, but it’s how Gallas copes with Crouch this time around that’s the real challenge.
Birmingham are afraid they’ll lose Johann Djourou in January. What are they afraid of? They signed a 6 month loan deal. It’s not like they didn’t know he’d be coming back to us. Meanwhile, Steve Bruce reveals he’d love to bring back Nicklas Bendtner to the club. However, with Birmingham facing a takeover Bruce may not be manager there for much longer.
We got some words from Stan Kroenke about his investment in Arsenal yesterday. He called it a ‘partnership’ and said he was happy with the lockdown agreement stressing that he has partial investments in other clubs too. There was nothing really out of the ordinary with it. Elsewhere Arsenal Times has pictures of the anti-Usmanov march that took place before the Bolton game. Good marching chaps.
Now, nearly the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The winners to the FM2008 competition which we’ve been running all week with thanks to my good chums at Sega. The question asked which club did we sign Robert Pires from and the answer was, of course, Marseille.
The Random Number Generator did its thing and the winners are as follows:
Daniel Tan, Adam Murphy and Lucas Daly.
Each of you wins a FM2008 goodie bag and a copy of the game and I’ll be in touch with you later today, or perhaps tomorrow (I have a very busy day today), to get your addresses and what have you. Thanks to everyone who entered and keep your eyes peeled for more competitions coming soon.
Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The bit where I introduce the Arsecast.
This weeks’s Arsecast is rather a landmark. Almost a year to the day after the very first Arsecast comes Episode 50. So this is kind of like a special edition Arsecast. There are literally no celebrity guests despite my very best efforts but never mind. There’s all manner of stuff going on.
The Mugsmasher is with us to talk about the upcoming game against Liverpool, the Man in the Bar has a tricksy player history, Talkshite Radio discuss Arseblog and there are some other regular faces/voices in there too. There are also details of how you can win a trip to Tokyo with OleOle.com so there’s no reason not to download or simply listen right here.
To subscribe to the arsecast in iTunes – click here. To download this week’s arsecast directly – click here (17mb MP3). You can find the arsecast archives here. And you can listen directly below without leaving this very page.
And that’s your lot. Have a good Friday, talk to you tomorrow.
* It’s not that special. That’s just one of those things you say when you hit a number like 50, isn’t it?