Arseblog: Monday 9th June 2003

june 9th

09.06 – Earlier in the week I was sure I saw Matt Bianco buying tuna steaks in the supermarket. Earlier in the year I was sat besdie Howard Jones in a café near Camp Nou, and this morning it seems that Ben from Curiosity Killed the Cat is moving into the house opposite mine. I’m not sure I understand, or like, this influx of 80s pop-stars to my neighbourhood.

As you might have gathered it’s a slow news day. Maybe it’s the calm before the storm before we get some really big news this week. Arsene Wenger is back from his holidays, we should find out if Pires and Vieira are going to sign new contracts, we should know who’s going to be sold off.

Arsene Wenger has re-iterated his commitment to Arsenal saying “Those who think I am going to leave Arsenal don’t know me well. I have officially affirmed my position which is to see out my contract until 2006 and I will stick to that.” So that clears that up then. Again.

Normally I’ll try and bring your stories from reasonably reputable publications or websites, but this morning there’s so little happening that I have resorted to the 100 monkeys with 100 typewriters that is Tribal Football. In one story they claim we’re making a double-swoop on Udinese for goalkeeper Morgan di Sanctis and midfielder Marek Jankulovski. In another story it’s double-swoop on Juventus for Edgar Davids and David Trezeguet.

However, Arseblog can reveal all this is rubbish. We can exclusively reveal that one of the following central defenders will sign for Arsenal this summer: Philippe Mexes, Jaap Stam, Edmilson, Lucio, John Terry, William Gallas, Gareth Southgate, Nesta, Cannvaro, Kevin Hofland, Gary Breen Djimi Traore, Ivan Helguera, Roberto Ayala, Olaf Mellberg, Jean-Pierre Nomark or Philippe Senderos.

We can have a quick laugh at Liverpool as they solve the problem of having no width to their side by buying …er…another right back. Houllier collects right-backs like George Graham used to collect centre-halves. Still, long may his reign on Merseyside continue, the boggly-eyed fool.

I’m off to make up some Arsenal news for tomorrow. See you then.

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