It’s all gone a little bit quiet, relatively speaking, but then everyone must have just spent the last few days making travel plans. A few bits and bobs going on though.
Congratualtions to Thierry Henry who was named the Football Writers Player of the Year for the third time in his career and, as is typical with him, that is a new record. Maybe they’ll let him keep the trophy. He said “It is all about the team and without my team-mates I would not have won. My hope now is that the team go on to create history of their own by becoming the first Arsenal side to win the Champions League.”
Robert Pires shows he’s focussed on Arsenal by telling us every day about which club is offering him a 15 year deal. If it’s not Villarreal or an Italian club now it’s Benfica. He says “I can confirm negotiations with Benfica. I like Benfica very much, my family are Benfica supporters and some of my family still live in Queluz’.
Maybe it’s just me but he I think he should probably stop talking about other clubs at the moment. We have more important things to think about than whether or not Robert Pires deigns to sign a one year deal which has been good enough for Dennis Bergkamp.
“Early in the match, I took a blow to the knee – I heard it crunch and thought I might have to be substituted. But the pain died down, I felt better and played the full 90 minutes. Maybe because I had taken painkillers before the game for a bruised leg.” – Alexander Hleb plays down fears he’ll be out of action for a while. Keep chomping those mogadon, Alex!
Samuel Eto’o shows he’s not worried about Barcelona signing Thierry Henry by saying he doesn’t care that he’ll face the man who would certainly take his place if he left Arsenal. He says “Why should I care if heâ€™s in the final? I couldnâ€™t care less. In fact, I couldnâ€™t give a shit”, which is about as see through as Michael Jackson’s skin. He’s obviously cacking himself that Henry will sign for them because he knows Henry is a far, far better player and also not a massive cunt. He also said that we were lucky to get the final because we played badly against Villarreal. Will I bother mentioning how Milan hit the post in the first leg and that they had a perfectly good goal disallowed in the second leg? If there’s anyone I want to see cry on May 17th it’s Samuel Eto’o. And Deco. And Oleguer. And Valdes. And van Bommell. And etc etc…
Patrick Vieira left Arsenal to win the Champions League. He must be sick now and he’s been involved in a training ground bust-up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It’s all going wrong in Turin now. Their 14 point lead has been whittled down to 3 points and the face the very real possibility of being overtaken in the league at the death on top of being knocked out of Europe. By us! Hopefully Thierry will look and realise that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Ashley Cole continued his comeback from injury against West Ham reserves yesterday. Nicklas Bendtner scored 2 as our lads won 3-1. There’s an interesting player called Joseph Oâ€™Cearuill playing for us in the centre of defence. He was let go by Watford on the night our reserves played them at Barnet but a watching Arsene Wenger was so impressed he invited him to play for us. He’s done well in two games since and may well earn himself a deal which just goes to show you football is a funny old game. Not good enough for Watford then all of a sudden you’re playing alongside Ashley Cole and Theo Walcott. Good luck to him, I hope he does well.
And that’s that. It’ll be a quiet enough weekend as we play Sunderland on Monday but expect a few little changes around the site to keep you entertained. Or not so much entertained as interested for about 3 seconds. Till tomorrow.