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Arseblog: Monday 1st April 2002

April 1st 2002

18.33 – Charlton 0-3 Arsenal (Henry 15, 25 Ljungberg 20).

It could have been a tricky one today against Charlton who haven’t lost a game against London opposition all season. Arsenal fans don’t need reminding of the 4-2 at Highbury.

Again, another accomplished performance and we won the game in 10 minutes in the first half. Henry scored on 15, Freddie picked up a rebound from a Bergkamp shot to make it 2-0 and Henry again in the 25th minute after some good work by Wiltord.

So we go top of the league, a point ahead of Liverpool with a game in hand. 3 points against Spurs on Saturday and we’re really in with a great chance.

Regarding the Kluivert story below, I’ve haven’t heard anything from Arsenal or from Barcelona, which is odd……

00.15 – Welcome to a brand new month on A R S E B L O G – and what an EXCLUSIVE we have for you. If you read yesterday’s update, you’ll know I’ve spent most of today looking around for a document that I had heard rumours of on Friday.

A few calls to some journalist friends and some sweet talking and I have what I was looking for. I thought about checking with somebody in a legal capacity about whether or not I should put this on the site or not. Having thought about it myself, I figured they’d probably tell me not to do it, so I have ignored the little voice in my head that speaks with caution and reason. Here’s the story – Arsenal and Real Madrid are locked in a transfer war over Patrick Kluivert.

Some time early last week, Arsenal faxed a bid for Patrick Kluivert to Barcelona. I’m unsure of the exact date. On Friday, Joan Gaspart faxed a return to David Dein accepting the bid. A R S E B L O G has a copy of Gaspart’s fax to David Dein. I can’t say from which end I have obtained this document as it will place my source under great pressure, and I am expecting to hear from both clubs when this goes live on the site, so it may not stay up too long.

The fax tells Arsenal that their bid has been accepted, but that there is also another bid on the table from an un-named club. However, it seems fairly obvious that the other club is Real Madrid as the fax says at one point”…the board and everyone at FC Barcelona would prefer him (Kluivert) to go to Arsenal”.

I have tried to contact Arsenal’s press department, but given the time I received this document, and it being Easter weekend, I have been unable to get any sort of comment from the club about this. I would imagine they will have to make some kind of statement when word of this gets around.

I did wonder whether or not to even put this on the site, because obviously it may affect the deal going through, but you don’t come across stories like this every day. Hopefully it all works out, because Kluivert is a player I would love to see at Arsenal.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings. Here is the fax.

One small note, I’ve changed the way the date is displayed for each day. From now on, you’ll find the latest update underneath the date, rather than working up the way it did before.

Right, on with the show, folks.

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