It’s a race against time this morning as I have to finish this blog before they cut off the electricity in the building (planned outage, don’t you know!). So it’s a quick round-up of what’s going on.
The FA Premier League have rejected Sp*rs claims to have their match against West Ham replayed. Richard Scudamore responding to Daniel Levy’s open letter with one of his own. It’s all kind of farcical now.
Arsenal made lots of money from TV and prize money this season. Â£52.7m to be exact which puts us nearly Â£5m ahead of Chelsea, not that it makes any difference to them.
Lee Dixon talks about the new back four and he’s especially impressed with Emmanuel Eboue while Ian Wright has taken time out from bleating about his son not playing for England and advising Thierry Henry to leave the club to say the fact that we’re underdogs will be good for us against Barcelona.
Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o have words of advice for Theo Walcott after his call up to the England squad while former Gunner Gio van Bronckhorst is looking forward to playing against his former team in Paris. He’s particularly impressed by the youngsters, saying:
The young players who came in did really well like (Cesc) Fabregas, (Phillippe) Senderos and (Mathieu) Flamini. I think they have great potential to become even better and I don’t think the Arsenal team has peaked yet.
Of course he mentions how much he’d like Henry to join to them but that’s a bit like saying how much you or I would like to win a bazillion pounds. Quite a lot, I’d imagine.
Cesc is back in Spain at the moment, well, if the picture of him alongside Victor Valdes in one of yesterday’s papers isn’t staged, and there’s lots of talk about a move to Real Madrid. Talk from the papers, that is. Cesc knows what’s what though. He says:
I keep hearing all the talk and reading the stories here and in Spain but I am not someone who gets distracted by rumours. The facts are that I am in London and I feel very happy here. I owe a lot to Arsenal and I never think about leaving.
The joy of Cesc, indeed. Ok, that’s about it. There’s about 10 minutes till they shut us down. Till later.