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Arseblog: Tuesday 17th December 2002

december 17th

08.55 – Hurrah, more transfer speculation. Back in August, Sebastian Saja was linked with Arsenal. We didn’t have a clue who he was then, and we don’t know much more now. All we know is that he’s a goalkeeper, he’s Argentinian and he looks a bit like the bloke from the Monkees in this story. Back in August, Arsene Wenger allegedly told him Arsenal were looking for a goalkeeper for ‘the next 10 years’. Sometimes it feels like we will be looking for another 10 years. Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air, but that’s a different story altogether.

No doubt it’s all just made up given the fact that AW has said more than once he won’t be buying anyone when the transfer window opens, but maybe the story is out there to keep David Seaman on his toes. What am I saying? He’s always on his toes. His feet just don’t leave the ground these days. Ashley Cole still reckons Seamo is the man.

It looks like Patrick Vieira is going to be fit for the game against Boro, and this should see Gilberto get a well deserved rest. Our new Brazilian has played 25 games so far this season, and remember, he’s the only one in the squad who played in every minute of every world cup game. AW always said it takes time for South American players to settle into English football, and the bloke definitely deserves a few games off. With Vieira fit, and the likes of Parlour, Edu and Gio to partner him, we’re not short of options for midfield.

Francis Jeffers scored two as Arsenal reserves beat Sp*rs reserves 3-0 last night. If we’re thinking of resting players, and the manager has said he’s going to have to rest Thierry Henry at some stage, let’s give old glass ankles a run out (for as long as he stays fit at least). In this Sun article – you can ignore all the shite at the top from hideous monster Steffen Freund – it seems Matthew Upson may have to complete with Ashley Cole for a place in the team. Le Boss says “He did well at Reading in the centre of defence but the only area where we are short is at left-back behind Ashley Cole.”

Without trying to second guess the great man, I reckon we’re short in the centre of defence as well, and with Keown growing older by the day and Cygan being Cygan, I think he’s got a good chance of making the grade alongside Sol. Can’t see him doing much as a left back, although I always thought he’d make a decent central midfielder…but that’s another story altogether.

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