Arseblog: Thursday 31st July 2003

july 31st

07.33 – So, the last good day of the year, eh? Or is it? Hmmmm. How cryptic I am. Or am I?

AW is confidenter and confidenter that captain Patrick Vieira will sign a new deal. Talking about the upcoming games in Scotland he says “I am looking for him to perhaps play one half against Celtic. As for his contract, I am confident he will sign before the start of the season.”

See, confidenter. The French contingent were due back yesterday, so let’s hope there’s some good news in the days to come. I think Vieira will sign. The story in the News of the World just jumped the gun a bit I reckon. Ray Parlour has urged Vieira to sign a new contract saying “Patrick is a very important player so, hopefully, things will be settled before the start of the season. He’s his own man, though I’m sure he’ll make the right decision.”

Giovanni van Bronckhorst says he’s going nowhere. “I have no interest in moving and will do all I can to make this a successful season and help Arsenal win every competition we enter.”

Some injury news – Philippe Senderos needs a scan on a calf injury, while Martin Keown has a groin strain, but should be fit to face the Jocks. It does show you how quickly things can change. A fully fit squad on a Monday can become plagued by Friday.

After weeks of scaremongering and general cuntery when it came to Arsenal related stories, the Mirror actually had some good news. “Mirror Sport can reveal that Arsenal’s bankers, the Royal Bank of Scotland, believe they have secured the £40m from City financiers to get the stadium back on track.The completion date has been postponed until 2006 but the club is hoping to restart work on the stadium before the club’s annual meeting, which has been put back by a month until September 23.”

It does seem that the reason we’re so stony broke this summer is that the club used their own funds to get Ashburton Grove up and running, believing the financing was in place. We’ll have to wait for the AGM to find out properly I suppose.

Ok, till later.

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