Here we go into an international break again. I suppose this season, more than most others, we seem to have coped well with the disruption but it’s still a pain in the arse.
After the win against Reading their Sp*rs supporting striker Dave Kitson had plenty of nice things to say about the way we play football. He said:
They are without doubt the best footballing team on the planet right now. It’s absolutely phenomenal stuff. You just have to take your hat off to them. For a Tottenham fan to say this is blasphemy, but you hope that a team who play as well as that win something.
It’s always nice to read things like that and when you hear him talk about how much admiration he has for the manager, Adebayor, Cesc, Rosicky, Hleb and the rest it does make you realise that some people, despite rivalries, can appreciate good football without resorting to bitter sniping in the press. Of course his point of view is slightly different to that of tedious clowns like Ferguson and Mourinho but it’s refreshing nonetheless.
There was some speculation regarding Tomas Rosicky yesterday. Inter Milan were said to be ready with a Â£10m bid but Rosicky’s agent has ruled out a move during the upcoming transfer window at least. He’s quite the puzzle, is Tomas. I’m hoping he can stay fit and start contributing on a more consistent basis because his troubles with injury have prevented him ever getting into his stride at the club. We’ve seen flashes of good stuff from him but I don’t think it’s unfair to suggest we haven’t seen the best of him by a long way.
Other transfer speculation sees us linked with Sevilla’s Diego Capel. He’s a left winger and with Juande Ramos now at Sp*rs we may have competition from them. All speculation at this stage, of course.
Arsene Wenger has hit back at Demento’s claims he got abused at Ashburton Grove when we played United. The boss said:
I was surprised that Alex Ferguson said the game was played in a bad spirit and a bad atmosphere. I didn’t have that feeling, I didn’t sit on their bench. But, I can tell you, I could get some dossier together from Manchester United when I was there.
We all know the song they sing every time we play at Old Trafford. And basically anyone who sings it is scum as far as I’m concerned. So that’d be 95% of the stadium then.
The Telegraph says David Beckham could train with Arsenal to keep his fitness up as the MLS season in the US is over. The boss has also maintained that foreign players help, not hinder, the English team. As he points out there weren’t that many foreigners in England from 1966-1996 and England won approximately fuck all in those years.
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Finally, any amateur or indeed professional doctors reading? I seem to have developed a great pain on the outside of my left knee which is most noticable going up and down the stairs. It’s to the side of and just below the kneecap and it has come about from running and playing football. I didn’t get any kick on it. Is it ligament or cartlidge or what? I could go to the doctor but this is by far the cheaper option. Going to the doctors in Ireland requires a personal loan from two loan sharks these days. Rip-off cunts that they are. The doctors. Not the loan sharks. Any advice gratefully received, thank you.
Update: Medical experts have been on the case early and it looks like it’s lateral collateral ligament damage, or tropical monkey fever. Thanks everyone.
And that’s it. More tomorrow.