Arseblog: Friday 29th March 2002

march 29th

14.35 – Seeing as it’s Good Friday (although how they manage to call it ‘good’ Friday to celebrate they crucifixion is beyond me. It wasn’t a good Friday for Jesus was it?), here’s something semi-religious for you.

Univeral Ministries will ordain you. You just need to fill in a form, wait a couple of days, and that’s it. The Reverend Arseblogger highly recommends it.

11.30 – Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has given an interview to the Telegraph and has indicated that players will be sold this summer to help cut back on the wage bill. You can have a read of it here. As usual with Hill-Wood some of his comments seem a little blunt, for example ‘Campbell doesn’t feel like a free transfer’, but that’s the old Etonian in him, I guess.

But who’s on the way out? Here are the A R S E B L O G predictions.

PLAYER
TRANSFER TYPE
FEE
Patrick Vieira
Sale
£35m
Junichi Inamoto
Sale
99p
Lee Dixon
Retire
n/a
Tony Adams
Retire
n/a
Kanu
Sale
£5m
Ray Parlour
Sale
£3.5m
Gilles Grimandi
Free Transfer
n/a
Oleg Luznhy
Sale
£250,000
 
TOTAL
£43,750,000.99p

So with nearly that amount of money coming in, how do we replace the players who have left?

Van Bommell for Vieira seems to be a dead cert. Parlour’s sale will see Pennant get more chances, and more of the younger players like Svard, Aliaidiere and that chap from Sierra Leone (Toure) will break through. We do need to strengthen at the back, and I reckon Darren Purse from Birmingham City could come in this summer. I don’t see us splashing out on someone like Hofland, although that would be nice.

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