Arseblog: Sunday 18th August 2002

august 18th

19.25 – Arsenal 2-0 Birmingham City.

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14 wins in a row now for Arsenal, which eclipses the record we shared with Tottenham amongst others. A solid performance all round today, without ever being spectacular. Henry opened the scoring with a free kick that the Birmingham keeper really should have done better with, and if you see better end to end goal than Sylvain Wiltord’s this season I’ll be surprised.

Anyway, Steve Bruce goes home unhappy and that makes me smile.

We saw a bit more of Gilberto who came on to replace Dennis Bergkamp after he picked up a bit of knock, and he looks like he’s settling in really well. He passes the ball beautifully, but maybe needs to get used to the physical side of the game a bit. I thought Edu did really well again, and he’s consolidated his place in the team after his fine performances at the end of last season. Jeremie Aliadiere and Kolo Toure got a run out, and but for Birmingham’s one man defence in Darren Purse, we could have had two or three more. A good start to the new season for the lads.

Everton’s new goalkeeper Richard Wright had a nightmare start to his new season after leaving Arsenal, with his new manager David Moyes blaming him for both Sp*rs goals yesterday. Still, he saved a penalty on his Arsenal debut and it all went downhill from there, so hopefully it’ll go the other way for him on Merseyside.

Still no news on the Fabian Carini transfer saga, although today’s News of the World backs up our suspicions here that he’s been offered more money elsewhere. I’ll give you two guesses where….

Lastly for today, there’s an interview with Super Bob here, where he talks about his recovery from his cruciate ligament injury.

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