A quick one this morning as I have to be somewhere soon. We’ll start with the ticketing dispute between Arsenal and Sp*rs ahead of the Carling Cup semi-finals. According to the competition rules Sp*rs are entitled to 15% of the tickets which means 9,000 at the Grove. Arsenal don’t want to give them so many citing security reasons and the fact they’re dirty Sp*rs fans but the greedy Sp*rs are seeing the ticket revenue. It’s now gone to the Football League to find a solution. In a discussion with the man from East Lower yesterday he suggested we give them the tickets but make the cost of each one Â£5. Sounds like a reasonable solution to me.
In seriousness though it’s remarkable that such a squabble should exist with the first game only a week away.
A tale of two full backs now. Gael Clichy says he’ll continue working hard to show Arsene Wenger he doesn’t need to buy a new left back in the summer. If he can perform consistently like he did against Blackburn then he might just do that. Meanwhile Emmanuel Eboue says he’s really hoping to play against United on Sunday. Can you imagine Ronaldo v Eboue, they tackle each other, no contact is made, they fall over writhing on the ground like they’ve broken their legs. They’d create some kind of dive vortex into which they’d both be sucked, never to be seen again. Oh God, please let that happen.
Another Arsenal full back, Kerrea Gilbert, will be in action tonight for Cardiff as they take on Sp*rs in an FA Cup third round replay. He reckons he might get some stick from the home fans because of his Arsenal connections and he talks about Arsene Wenger’s football philosophy. Tonight is a good game to get himself noticed but it remains to be seen what the manager’s long term plans are for a player who did look very promising when he played in the first team last season.
In other news Lauren could be on his way Lyon which will be a joy for alliterative headline writers everywhere, the Mirror reports Seb Larsson has agreed personal terms with Birmingham and a Â£500,000 fee will make his loan spell permanent, while Rio Ferdinand reckons Emmanuel Adebayor is the player who gave the United defence most problems this season.
And that, my good old friends, is that. I have to have some quick breakfast then it’s hi-ho time for me. Till tomorrow then…