Morning all. A quick one this Friday as I’ve slept it in a bit and that has nothing to do with the gin and tonics last night.
We have Blackburn tomorrow and in early team news it looks like Justin Hoyte will come in at right back for Eboue who has a dead leg. Mathieu Flamini is doubtful and that aside it’s the long term absentees like Gallas, Henry, Ljungberg etc that miss out.
Speaking of Gallas he’s been talking about how the players have made Arsene Wenger lose his temper. He says:
Arsene wants to win the Premiership title and seeing the team struggle really annoys him. We have been dropping points stupidly and it is hard for him to accept.
Quite. I don’t know what else to say about that really.
Alexander Hleb talks about how he’s settled into English football.
As January is approaching the transfer speculation starts. Wigan have warned Arsenal off making a Â£4m bid for Leighton Baines but suggest that a higher bid would be considered, Birmingham want to keep Nicklas Bendtner while Ghanaian Stephen Appiah says he turned down a move to Arsenal and Barcelona to stay at Fenerbache. Yeah, right.
And that’s about that. There’ll be the usual press conference today so more complete team news and a preview will be here tomorrow.
Now, it’s time for the arsecast.
This week it’s a festive edition with contributions that have been left on the newly christened arsebites system (cheers, Ben). It’s a bit shorter than usual because there’s no blogchat so it’s just me, some of you lot and a seasonal greeting and song from Arsene Wenger Hawkins.