August 31st

Well, it looks like those Hoyte/Poom/Swap rumours were right. There's been no official confirmation but it seems that we will bring Mart Poom in for a season long loan while Justin Hoyte will get first team football at right-back because Sunderland don't have one at the moment.

Whatever you might think about it bringing Poom in does give us decent, experienced cover for Jens Lehmann. He's got about 43,000 caps for Estonia and given the fact we rejected Viera for having a benign cyst on his hip you'd have to think the rigorous medical he'd have gotten means his injury problems are behind him. Watch him break his hand in his first training session now. To my mind he's a better keeper than Manuel and that, when we're signing someone as a number 2, is all that matters. Also, an anagram of Mart Poom is Atom Romp and who wouldn't want a nuclear powered sex-God in the squad?

"Pooooooooooooom, you chase the day away-ay-ay-ayaaaaaaaaaay....."

In other news Arsene Wenger says he won't be rushing back Sol Campbell who got a run out for the reserves 5-2 win over Leicester last night. The boss says "His fitness is very good, he just needs games now. He has not had one for a long, long time. The last one was against Birmingham in May. I don't want to fix any time for his return, but he will come back into first-team contention at the time I think he is ready."

Jermaine Jenas is going to Sp*rs for £8m according to today's Sun. He's a player we know the manager is interested in and we need a midfielder. Sp*rs, meanwhile, have a collection of midfielders so large they could start their own eBay shop.

The transfer window is open until 11.59pm tonight. Will Poom be the only one in? Probably, although if Myles says we're not signing anyone else there's a good chance we'll bring at least two more.

August 30th

It's still very, very quiet as international week is well and truly upon us now. Jeremie Aliadiere is impressing West Ham Alan Pardew who says "He will fit into our style of play and be a big player for us."

Nearly man Sebastian Viera has joined Villarreal who don't seem to have any problems with his hip cyst and platform boots. Rumours persist that the signing we're going to make before the deadline is Mart Poom from Sunderland. Certainly one to get the fans out celebrating in the streets, no question.

It's a quiet one so have a larf at Walrus-face Allardyce blast foreign managers because they have no credentials as footballers. Ask Liverpool if they'd rather have unsuccessful player Benitez as manager or someone like Bryan Robson or Mark Lawrenson or Frank Stapleton - top players who just couldn't cut it as managers.

And that's it. Surely something has to happen today, surely.

August 29th

Bank holiday Monday in the UK + no Arsenal game for two weeks = very little going.

Robinho says he could have made more money at Arsenal and apparently we're battling it out with Wigan for some Turkish striker called Fatih. And that's as much as I can find. This could be a trying couple of weeks with internationals taking up most of the column inches.

Transfer deadline is Wednesday though so that could give me something to write about. We shall see...

August 28th

Well, if you thought there was nothing going on yesterday wait till you get a load of today. I have scoured the newspapers and newsfeeds, checked the Spanish papers and this is all I can come up with:

1 - The People says we're after ex-Derby keeper Mart Poom and will offer Justin Hoyte to Sunderland on loan in exchange. They also run a two line story about how Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry have purchased one of the executive boxes each at the new stadium.

And that's it. I'd have thought there'd be more going on ahead of the transfer deadline on Wednesday, particularly as we are, according to the boss, actively 'chasing' a player. Surely those lazy journos could have made up something a bit more interesting than Mart Poom. Imagine if we did sign him though - he and Hleb could terrify the opposition with their unspeakable beauty.

Hopefully there'll be something happening tomorrow.

Update: Thanks to Arsers Red Dread for this piece about how minted we are and to Spongebobcuntface (heh) for this one about how Arsene Wenger thinks signing a new contract is not a priority for Thierry Henry.

August 27th

Buenos dias a todos. A quick Saturday round-up for you before I spend the day lazing. We were supposed to be playing Liverpool this weekend but they played in the Super-Duper Cup last night and won with some goals from Dribbly Cissy. That means news is fairly thin on the ground.

Dennis Bergkamp talks about his last chance of winning the Champions League while the news that Robert Pires has been left out of the French side for their upcoming games is about as interesting as not being able to think of something that's not interesting at all.

Just checking around the Spanish press and they have us linked with another swoop for a Barcelona youngster called Fran Mérida. He's represented by Joseba Diaz, who is also Cesc's agent, and after his summer holidays the player decided he wouldn't sign a contract with Barcelona and apparently he's deciding between us and Real Madrid. We shall see what happens.

So there you, a little something for Saturday morning that you won't get elsewhere. Have a good day.

August 26th

So the Champions League draw took place yesterday and we got a fairly nice draw too. Arsenal will play Ajax, Sparta Prague and Swiss side FC Thun. The first game will take place against Thun at Highbury on Wednesday 14th Sept. Vice-chairman Double-D Dinky Davey Dein declared himself pleased with the draw and hopes this campaign brings more success than previous. Which, in fairness, wouldn't be too hard. Thun will not be playing their games at their own stadium but instead at the new Swiss national area, the Wankdorf Stadium. I think the demand for tickets for that game will be high, let's face it, who doesn't like being Wankdorfed?

Not two days after saying he was after a keeper Arsene Wenger told the official website that he was 'chasing a player' and was hoping to bring somebody in before the transfer window. When asked if it would be a high-profile player the boss replied "We usually make them high-profile once they are here.” From the hints being dropped on the website it seems it could be an outfield player rather than a keeper, which is interesting. Could it be Achille Enema who Tony Adams was watching the other night. Our ex-captain told L'Euipe "I think he is looking for a midfielder to replace Vieira."

Philippe Senderos had been a regular in central defence since last season but was left out of the side against Fulham for two goal Pascal Cygan. Arsene Wenger still believes in him though and just thinks he needs a bit of a rest. I mentioned earlier in the week Senderos' top-flight career is only at the beginning so there are times when the learning curve is going to be steep and a game or two out of the team helps a player get his head together. As a defender the little mistakes you make can end up costing more than a young striker missing a couple of chances too but that's football and what I like about Senderos is his attitude and the way he will react to times like this. The boss says "If you are under pressure at 20 and everyone analyses every ball you face, sometimes you can go downhill. It's better that you move out and come back again when you are regenerated. I rate him very highly. I think he will be an immense player for the club and I'm completely convinced of that."

Me too. Dennis Bergkamp reckons Thierry Henry is the most complete striker he has ever played with, putting him ahead of his first strike partner at Arsenal, Ian Wright. "It is a difficult one but if I compare how I played with them, I’d say Thierry is a complete player. He sets up team-mates, has skill and pace, scores and makes goals. Ian, on the other hand, is an out-and-out goalscorer who could score goals out of situations that even I thought was impossible. I’ve been very lucky to have played with them both."

José Mourinho's teamtalk - from the people who did the Beckham/Keane thing from Ireland's Today FM. Classic. I love the bit about that hideous cunt Drogba.

Today, thankfully, is Friday. That means I get to leave work an hour earlier which means the after-work beers start an hour earlier which means I'll come home and fall flat on my face asleep an hour earlier. It's all good.

August 25th

Hopefully last night's 4-1 win over Fulham will settle the nerves a bit. It was just what the doctor ordered really and it was a good steady performance which will boost the confidence of the players and the fans, I hope.

We started well, missed a penalty, made a couple of chances and were really getting on top of the game when Claus Jensen added to his collection of rather good goals at Highbury with a deft curler over Jens. Totally against the run of play we were one down.

But Fulham reckoned without the awesome power of Pascal Cygan and he got on the end of a Dennis Bergkamp free kick to nod home the equaliser. Dennis later got booked for pulling the linesman's flag out of his hand. Silly, but funny.

The second half began, we pressed, passed it well and José played a beautiful lobbed ball through to Thierry who put us in the lead. Late in the second half Mathieu Flamini won the ball well and put Henry in for his second and right at the death Pascal showed Fulham his awesome power yet again when he slammed home another Dennis Bergkamp pass between the legs of the leaping Kolo Toure. The cheers he got when he made a tackle or a header until the end of the game were a nice touch. Well done, Pascal.

Overall I thought we were very good. Fulham weren't up to much but we passed it well and their keeper kept the score respectable really. He made some outstanding saves. José had a good game for his first outing of the season, Dennis got in the box and had some chances and all over the park I thought we were very good. I have to mention Jens Lehmann again. He didn't have too much to do but at the moment he looks confident and decisive which is good to see.

Henry's goals move him to within one of Ian Wright's record while Cygan's two move him to within 182 goals of the record. I reckon he'll have it by Christmas. We're going to have to wait a while to see Thierry break it though as we don't play again for ages. Our next game was supposed to be against Liverpool but they're playing the European Supercup or something so our next outing is Boro away in two weeks plus. The boss was quick to praise Henry afterwards, saying "He is what you dream of as a centre-forward. He led the line very well. When he's playing like that, there's no better player in the world," before adding "But what has the useless cunt every done for us? He can FUCK OFF!!!!!!!"

Away from last night Jeremie Aliadiere's loan spell at Celtic came to an end as he just couldn't get a game. He came back to London and immediately found himself out on loan again, this time at West Ham. I think whatever experience he gets in the Premiership will serve him far better than Scotland.

Today sees the draw for the group stages of the Champions League too. It normally takes place around midday but all the fooferah starts much earlier if you're into that kind of thing.

And there you go. Things are more normal but we have a really long wait until our next game so no doubt people will have worked themselves up into a frenzy again by then. Bring on Europe.

August 24th

Football is funny. Football websites can also be funny even if they don't mean it. Early yesterday afternoon our great chum Myles (this seasons AGM report can be yours for just £9.99, sir!) wrote a piece from which I quote now. Entitled 'Wenger won't sign anybody in the next 8 days', he said "I was told last night that new players will NOT be signed before the August 31 deadline. Let's hope that information is wrong. It comes from an impeccable source. And I believe it."

Not too long afterwards an article appeared on Arsenal.con in which Arsene Wenger said "We will sign a goalkeeper before the end of the transfer window but I do not know who yet."

Unless the keeper is N. Obody you've just got to laugh. It's not going to be that Rene Adler bloke though. However, the boss did rule out any outfield signings and it seems that Alex 'Rigobert' Song has been handed the number 17 jersey for this season so he's likely to be our 4th choice central midfielder for the next 9 months. Gestationtacular.

Ahead of tonight's game against Fulham we'll be without Freddie Ljungberg whose injury is not as serious as first thought but is still bad enough to rule him out tonight. Dennis Bergkamp will also have a late fitness test but José Antonio Reyes should be included after being left out after picking up a knock in training just before the Chelsea game.

Arsene Wenger on Chelsea and his footballing philosophy. "It’s all Chelsea right now but it shows you how funny it is because they could have had no points and now they have six. The two games that Chelsea have played do not suggest to me they are the dominant force in English football."

And it's true. Crespo's goal against Wigan was a good one but coming so late in the game you have suggest they had a bit of luck while that hideous cunt Drogba's goal was offside and a fluke. However, everyone, including some of our fans, sees Chelsea as unstoppable when that's far from the truth based on their first two performances. They struggle to get going and they're slow-starters. We struggle to get going and we're dooooooomed. It's a funny old game.

104-0 to Arsenal tonight. Hleb with a baker's dozen.

August 23rd

Let's start with Ashley Cole this morning. No, nothing bad this time, he's had a pop at referee Graham Poll for choosing not to see William Gallas trip him up in the box and his assistant for choosing not to see that hideous cunt Drogba in an offside position before he scored. Ashley says "I think everyone knew it was a penalty apart from the referee. We're disappointed in those decisions and other decisions, but there's nothing we can do."

He says the team will get their heads down in training and has backed Philippe Senderos to be focussed ahead of tomorrow's game against Fulham. Personally I don't think he's responsible in any way for their goal. That hideous cunt Drogba was offside, of course he had the edge, and while his header near the end was certainly a bit dodgy we have to remember he still hasn't reached 50 top class games in his career and the learning curve at this stage is going to be steep. I hope everyone recognises the potential though and gets behind the lad when he needs it.

Goodplaya on the Chelsea game. Sky Sports keep running the same David Bentley story over and over again. Ok, so we know he wants to leave already. Enough.

Sunday's News of the World linked us with strange headed defender Jolean Lescott. A Wolves site takes up the story and says a £5m deal could include Justin Hoyte.

Safety is prolific at the moment - a new column entitled 'Group therapy'.

It's been pretty quiet since Sunday and the focus is now on tomorrow's game against Fulham where the lads have to kick on a bit and show what they're made of. 84-0 should silence some of the critics. Some.

August 22nd

It's my sad duty to report that the world ended yesterday evening at around 5.55pm GMT. The worst tragedy ever to occur took place when Graham Poll blew the full time whistle and Arsenal lost 1-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.


It wasn't a particularly good game, neither team played well. Arsenal lacked cohesion and forward motion, Chelsea did their usual 10 men behind the ball and hoof a long ball to the winger thing.

The first five minutes saw Jens make a good save when Duff got behind Ashley Cole and from the subsequent corner Freddie cleared off the line. Then it settled down in a game of possession without too many clear chances. Late in the first half Jens made another good save when Lampard crossed to old man Robben.

The second half was more of the same, we never really threatened despite having lots of the ball and then they got a goal. A quick free kick found an obviously offside Didier Dogbag and as he tried in vain to control the ball it bobbled in off his shin. Truly he is one of the most enormous cunts in the world right now - right down to baiting his own fans after he scored. A class act, for sure.

That did spark us into life a little bit. Henry had a decent effort saved by Cech and we pushed men forward but to little effect really. 1-0 it finished and although we didn't play well we didn't deserve to lose the game by any means. However, in this live for the moment world we live in the reaction from some quarters has been hysterical and over the top.

Let me quote from the arses, the comments system on here. This was just after yesterday's game. " Henry can fuck off right now! RIGHT NOW!!!! Did that piece of shit even break into a sweat?"

Yes, that piece of shit that has been magnificent for us since he joined. He can fuck off. Fucking beautiful, isn't it? Like all of you I hate when we lose. I especially hate when we lose to Chelsea and I especially hate when we lose to Chelsea and that cunt Drogba flukes the winner but what I hate most about losing these days is the proliferation of cunts who are just waiting to have a moan about this that and the other. I fully accept that people have different views, it's normal, it's what makes football a great game. We can banter back and forward and we don't have to agree but this kind of over the top shite is really annoying now. We're two games into the season and already the knives are out.

I will not argue that Henry had a quiet game yesterday, the same way I wouldn't argue with anyone who would suggest that Robert Pires needs to realise he has responsibilities to the team in his own half as well. I'm still of the opinion that we need a signing in midfield and, while Jens was really good today, I still think we could do with a keeper for the reasons outlined in my pre-season review and I'm as flummoxed as the rest of you as to the non-selection of Reyes yesterday. However, I cannot stand people slagging off our players at the first chance they get. I swear some people prefer us to lose so they can have a moan. It's one game, it's only the second game of the season and the short-sightedness, the inability of people to see things in context and perspective is frightening. There are people who use this site whose outlook on things is more pessemistic than mine but they can explain why, their arguments are well presented (mostly) and they don't just moan for the sake of it. Then there are the ones who can't cope with any defeat and want to change everything, buy 6 new players before the next game and spend the week calling our players cunts. It's hard to fathom. Do they get any enjoyment from football at all? It's just a shame that the support our players need won't be forthcoming from some sections of our 'fans'.

You'd think Chelsea beat us 10-0 yesterday. To my mind there was nothing between the teams really. A little more attacking zip yesterday and we could easily have nicked it. They look a solid team, no question, when you play as defensively as they do that's to be expected but they didn't look leagues ahead of us in any respect. I won't be afraid of them when they come to Highbury. At the end of the day they won with an offside fluke shinned in by a hideous Predator looking cunt.

I'll tell you one thing I'd like to see though is someone who can take corners. Honestly, I don't know why Pires doesn't just nick it out for a goal kick so we can regroup and not get caught on the break. They never, never get past the first man and for a guy who can score a great free kick like we saw against some cunts (forget) at the end of last season I find it amazing that he can't take a corner. He's not the only one either. Here's what I suggest fellas, try and curl it in somewhere between the 6 yard box and the penalty spot. Most often the defence will clear it but once in a while one of our players will get a header to it and score a goal.

We'll find out later today the extent of Freddie Ljungberg's injury, he left the game on crutches unable to walk. An x-ray was clear but a scan will be needed today to find out what exactly is wrong. Final word to the boss who says "I hope this defeat will have the reverse effect to losing to Manchester United at Old Trafford last year. I want a great season for the club. I can’t accept anything else."

August 21st

Ahhh, Sunday. Day of tabloids and sensationalism. In the same paper that tells us that some slapper from Big Brother wants to have lesbian sex with Angelina Jolie (well, who doesn't?) we get a story about Thierry Henry refusing to commit his future to the club until he sees how things go. The informed reporter tells us that Henry was upset by the sale of Vieira and that has made him reconsider his future. I'm not sure where the quotes have come from but remember this is the same paper that told us Patrick Vieira had signed his new contract, with quotes and all, when he hadn't signed anything at all. I wouldn't worry too much about it at the moment. There are more important things to be getting on with.

Like Chelsea today at Stamford Bridge. As mentioned previously it's AW's 500th game in charge and he feels he blazed a trail allowing other forgeign managers to come to England. Managers like Mourinho, who my friend Charlie (who is working as a gaucho in Argentina at the moment) tells me, has now spent more money on players in his 12 months at Chelsea than our manager has in those 500 games. But don't let anyone tell you Chelsea are all about money, please.

I know we've all been a bit worried about the lack of investment in the squad this summer but the more you hear the manager talk about his faith and belief in the young players the more convincing he is. Let's face it, if he wanted to go out and buy players he could do it. There is money there, there are dozens of players who would love to join Arsenal but he will not buy unless he feels it's going to improve his first XI. He's happy with the squad players and talking to Amy Lawrence about the likes of Eboue, Flamini, Quincy et al he says "These boys will be great players, but they just don't have the same name as Chelsea's squad players. Yet."

Today will be a big test for some of the youngsters but more and more I think we're building something fantastic. If we bring in a young keeper, again I'd love to see Isaksson at Arsenal, we'd have a back 5, Lauren apart, who could stay together as long as the legendary back 5 of George Graham's era. We are still probably a little light in the centre of midfield but we've got José, Quincy and Robin van Persie to join Thierry up front.

Speaking of those two José now feels much more at home in England at Arsenal while Marco van Basten says van Persie's progress at Arsenal is 'amazing'. He says "I have had very good talks with Arsene. We both believe in Robin and I have been pleased to find that Arsene and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to coaching, training and guiding Robin. He has fantastic skills and he is so dangerous in one-to-one situations."

I'd like to see van Persie start alongside Thierry today. The team selection is going to be interesting, nearly everyone is fit, that means some people not even making the bench. Competition for places is good.

Right, I'm off to get some breakfast and then we'll have at 'em later.

August 20th

Ok, a very quick Saturday round-up.

Ahead of tomorrow's game against Chelsea Arsene Wenger says this game could define the season and advises Ashley Cole and his solicitors to drop the court case against his fine. Thierry says money is not necessarily enough to win Chelsea the title, Jens Lehmann talks to Alan Smith and Sebastian Viera talks about how upset he was that his move to Arsenal broke down (rumours suggest we're in the market for another German keeper called Rene Adler).

And that's it. Told you it would be quick.

August 19th

So yesterday Arsenal released a statement to dismiss Philippe Christanval's claim that Sol Campbell asked to leave the club as 'mischevious'. What a little scamp that Christanval is. He's certainly got no chance of being an Arsenal player now and Sol continues on his road to fitness. It seems like he's been out of the side a really, really long time, doesn't it? It's a testament to the partnership that Kolo and Big Phil have forged that a player we once would have thought impossible to do without hasn't really been missed at all.

Sunday's game against Chelski will be Arsene Wenger's 500th in charge of Arsenal. He says "It's 500 already but I feel like I arrived at Highbury yesterday. I can’t believe I have 500 games but what I have done before, I forget. What is important to me is what is straight in front of me."

There's a very interesting little table below the article on Arsenal.con which shows Wenger's record as manager. Look at the goals for and against for all competitions and it's very healthy in favour of Arsenal, except in the Champions League. Let's hope our defence can give us the edge we've lacked in previous seasons this time around.

José Antonio Reyes is back from suspension for Sunday's game and he says "Every Arsenal player is talking about the great opportunity we have to end Chelsea’s 18-month unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge."

There's a weight of expectation on José now, I think. We've seen flashes of his talent, never more so than at the start of last season when he was scintillating but we need more consistent campaign from his this time around. Personally I reckon he should be a player people are afraid of but he's maybe just too nice, if that make sense. A little more aggression in all aspects of his game and the confidence he needs to kick on a level will be there. He seems to like scoring against Chelsea too.

And that's about it. Not much else happening and thank's be the good holy Jaysus it's Friday. Tonight I am going to go the Festa Major in Gracia which is always a fun week here. I might even drink a beer or two.

August 18th

Well at this stage it seems all our players got through last night's game without any problems. Which is good.

England got smashed 4-1 by Denmark. Maybe they could have done with Sol Campbell but as we all know he's too fat injured and can't play. I did find it funny that Philippe Christanval still has hopes of joining Arsenal but decided to go public with the news that Sol asked to leave this summer. It was only a few days ago that Wenger said Christanval wouldn't be joining because we didn't lose a defender which could make you think he was planning for event. Anyway, even if Sol did leave now you'd have to think Christanval has fucked up any chance of joining by airing our dirty laundry in public. Plus he's kind of shite. It does leave the Sol issue out there though, perhaps the manager's recent words have sparked a positive reaction from him although his assertion that people were out to get him for the colour of his skin smacks of paranoia.

Patrick Vieira reckons Arsenal looked 'sharp' in the Community Shield and Kolo Toure has backed Cesc to step up now that Vieira has gone. Also in the frame for central midfield this season is new loan signing Alex Song and on the Arsenal website reserve team coach Neil Banfield said "The manager’s found another top-class young central midfielder," and they did a minute by minute thing on his performance. It might just be that there's a little bit of PR going on here as reports from the game say the player did ok and was strong in the tackle but his distribution wasn't great and he looked unfit and nowhere near ready for first team action. If he is to be the fourth choice central midfield players let's hope he gets up to speed and fast. I'd still prefer a signing though.

Philippe Senderos says he won't be thinking about the last game he played against Didier Drogba and that he'll be learning from games like that. He says "In every game you can't do everything well so you have to think about it, work on what you did wrong and get better next time. You should always watch yourself and try to get better every day."

Thierry reckons Chelsea are afraid of us. He points to their Community Shied performance, saying "What did Chelsea do that day? Only defend. Besides, they defend each time they play us whereas it’s different with other rivals. The way Chelsea played against us the other day is, to me, like a form of respect. So they fear us."

I can see the logic which is quite something because I'm blind with tiredness this morning. Nearly the weekend though. Nearly.

August 17th

Whoever invented friendly internationals the week the new season kicked off needs shooting in the face. It's beyond stupid.

It means there's hardly any Arsenal news around and that is not good. There's a bit about David Bentley's agent talking up a move to Portsmouth and saying that Sven told Bentley he was one of the top three young players in England with Rooney and James Milner. You'd have to think if he was that good not only would Arsenal not be letting him go we'd have been playing him instead of letting him go to Norwich on loan. West Ham are also said to be interested.

Dutch coach Marco van Basten says some nice things about Robin van Persie.

Cesc tells Chelsea off - "Arsenal don’t just get out the cheque book to sign players, we believe in our youngsters. The manager had faith in Patrick Vieira nine years ago and now he is one of the world’s best midfielders. Chelsea may have more money but we can play better than them and beat them."

Marcel Jansen? No, I never heard of him either but Sky Sports reckon the fact that Tony Adams was at a Borussia Monchenthingy game means Arsenal are after him despite the fact Adams works for Feynoord these days. Anyway, he's left back. At the moment we've got Cashley and Clichy and new signing Traore waiting in the wings. We don't need another left back.

Former Irish Gunner Graham Barrett scored the goal that gave Coventry's reserves a 1-0 win over our reserves last night.

Always striving to bring you alternative points of view Arseblog presents a column by Chemi with a really long title.

Fingers Xed all our players come through tonight's meaningless games without injury.

August 16th

Let's start this morning with news of the new stadium. There was a 'topping out' ceremony yesterday to celebrate the completion of something or other and some people were given noggins of ale and they all danced around a bough and slaughtered eight virgins and David Dein knelt down and put shoes where his knees were and did his renowned Oompa Loompa impression.

Arsene Wenger spoke about how important the new stadium was to the club and how we'd never have been able to stay with the big boys of European if we hadn't undertaken this project. He also talked about how the new stadium might affect his future, saying "I'm happy at the club and will stay as long as I can respond to the supporters' expectations and have no plans to leave. The new stadium increases my motivation to take this club to the next level with the potential increase in revenue making a huge difference in the market."

Thierry talks about beating Ian Wright's goalscoring record, a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge would equal it. Just go one better than Kanu please, Tel.

Jermaine Jenas is off to Tottenham, who seem intent on collecting every single English midfielder they can, in a swap deal for Mallet faced striker Robbie Keane. Considering his tackling ability he'd probably fit in quite well with us.

Safety has got his trusty quill out again and furnished us with another fine piece - Inevitable.

Not much else happening. There are a plethora of international friendlies this week, fingers crossed all our boys come through them safe and sound.




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