Arseblog: Friday 28th June 2002

june 28th

11.25 – Ex-Arsenal player David O’Leary has been sacked by Leeds.

You have to give him credit for the way he gave young players like Kewell, McPhail, Smith etc a chance, but his Leeds side bordered on thuggish, and some of his own behaviour was fairly poor at times (the Pires incident in particular).

Much has been said about how much money he spent, and I have to say spending £9m on Seth Johnson is a sackable offence in any circumstances. Still, Leeds Chairman, Peter Ridsdale, has always struck me as an intensely dishonest character, and O’Leary’s threat today to break his silence if the Leeds ‘spin doctors’ go over the top shows there has been a serious falling out between the two men. Oh well, let’s all laugh at Leeds…….

Arsenal round up – Well done Sol Campbell who edged out the media favourite Rio Ferdinand for a place in the World Cup All Star team, Tony Adams denies he applied for Brentford job, and AW says there will be no major overhaul of the playing staff this summer.

Why do I keep hearing rumours about Freddie Ljungberg leaving Arsenal? I think I’m right in saying he signed a new 5 year deal last year, and with Bob still injured, we need him to do his thing on the left. So, all other clubs, leave Freddie alone. He’s ours, and you can’t have him (but I’m quite prepared to let him sign for West Ham when he’s 34!).



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