20.18 – Just back in, to find out that Patrick Vieira has been cleared by the FA. I suppose this makes up for the heavy sentence imposed on Thierry Henry. Mark Viduka and Alan Smith were also cleared of misconduct today, so I guess someone’s slipped something in the tea at Lancaster Gate.
I sent an email to ITV football last night to ask about Peter Brackley’s legs. I haven’t received any reply as of yet. Shocking customer service really – no wonder ITV Digital is going under. heh. Will try again.
Villa coming up on Sunday. I really hope we stick a hatful past that hateful, red nosed pig farmer.
Put €25 on Deportivo to win the Champs League and La Liga at 14-1.
09.20 – Patrick Vieira’s hearing for his elbow on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is due to take place today. He’s probably going to get a ban of 3 games, given his past disciplinary problems. Maybe, and I stress maybe, it’ll be a blessing in disguise. He looked tired against Deportivo and was more than a touch culpable for their first goal.
Apart from a few games recently, when he has been at his imperious best, he’s been a shadow of the player he was last season. Too many distractions? World cup, the captaincy, house hunting in Madrid – are these things affecting his performances? If you asked me now if he is going to stay with Arsenal, I’d have to say no. He’s spent nearly 6 years at Highbury, and if he wants to go and try something new, who can blame him? Let’s just hope it’s all done in the best possible taste (©k.everett) and we don’t have to go through the bullshit of last summer. A nice chunk of Madrid’s cash will bring in Van Bommell and one other. I’ve heard whispers that we’re after ex-Juventus defender Marco Zanchi – he plays for Verona in Serie A now.
Meanwhile on ANR, Myles Palmer asks “Any Gooners like comedy clubs?”. No Myles, we all hate Tottenham.