Morning all, a quick round-up of the Sundays. There’s no need to get too in depth about what this game means. After United beat Citeh yesterday if Chelsea fail to win then Demento’s men win the title. It also means Ashley Cole doesn’t win the title. As well as that, Liverpool’s loss to Fulham (how Alan Pardew must have loved that) third place is in our own hands if we win our last two games so that’s got to be a big motivation. Arsene Wenger has thrown down the gauntlet to his players, saying:
Third place is progress, but it is not enough because our progression has to be getting to number one again. What we can show on Sunday is that we can have the chance to fight for the title again next year.
True enough, third place would be progress, but it would be a funny kind of progress as the difficulties we’ve suffered over the last couple of seasons remain. We won’t know how progressive our progress is until next season where we can progress even further and progressivity progresses some more.
William Gallas says he’s motivated to stop Chelsea winning the league and says he’s happy at Arsenal and has come for a ‘long project’, not one season. He says he’s had no contact with Real Madrid, or anyone else. He says if he scores against Chelsea he’ll celebrate and if he runs over to the bench, drops his shorts and shows Mourinho his brown eye he’ll go up in my estimation.
As expected it looks like Wayne Bridge will start today for Chelsea as Mourinho chickens out of playing Cole. It would be a shame if he didn’t play because I’d enjoy our win much more if he was on the pitch.
‘Barca in talks to sign Henry‘, come the headlines from the Catalan press. This is just the start of the summer of speculation by the Spanish press who are as inventive and capable of writing page-turning thrillers as Jeffrey Archer himself, only theirs are better plotted. It’s no secret they’d move Eto’o on his way because he’s quite mad but Thierry has said definitively he’s going nowhere so unless Arsenal decide to help him on his way, which seems very unlikley to me, it’s all just talk.
Not really Arsenal related but the Sunday People reports that Liverpool want Carlos Tevez. I can completely understand that. He’s similar to Craig Bellamy except quite good at football and he’s somebody I’d love to see us make a move for.
Anyway, that’s it. Last night’s dinner is waiting to come out so I’m off for now. If anyone in Dublin fancies a pint to watch the Chelsea game there’ll be a couple or three of us in Toast in Rathmines. Until tomorrow so.