Arseblog: Tuesday 2nd July 2002

july 2nd

13.55 – Well, I’m just back from an intensive cripplectomy, and I feel great.

Robert Pires is alive and well and ready to sign a new Arsenal deal. Good news. Elsewhere, it seems Middlesborough are ready to bid £8m for Owen Hargreaves, but Bayern Munich say he’s not for sale. Personally, I can’t see what all the fuss is about….he’s no better than Ray Parlour, and we’ve already got a Ray Parlour.

As well as Ray Parlour we’ve also got Jermaine Pennant and I think next season might be make or break time for him at Arsenal. He’s been with the club a long time now, and he’s come close to the fringes of the first team from time to time. He obviously wants to start playing first team football now, and I think he’s the kind of character that will go elsewhere to get it if it’s not at Arsenal.

Will AW give him a chance on the right for next season, or will he stick with an out of position striker in Wiltord? Was Pennant’s loan spell at Watford at the end of last season specially arranged to get him match practice before this season? With options on the left still limited with the injuries to Bob and Gio, the right side of midfield becomes a battle between Parlour, Wiltord and Pennant. Who would you prefer to see?

 

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