Arseblog: Wednesday 30th July 2003

july 30th

07.36 – After yesterday’s lengthy ramble, it’s a fairly short and sweet round-up this morning.

Jens Lehmann kept a clean sheet in his first Arsenal game. Well, his first 45 minutes of an Arsenal game. He played the first half of Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Besiktas. Dennis Bergkamp continued his excellent pre-season form with another goal. Let’s hope he can carry this form into the new season.

Philippe Senderos tells arsenal.com why he decided to join the Gunners, when there were clubs like Man Utd, Real Madrid and Milan after him. Another youth, Sebastian Svard talks about how this year could be about going out on loan before coming back to make his name at THOF.

How to entice a player to join your club. Tell him he’s wasting his time at his currenty club, accuse him of playing golf all the time and offer him less money. That’s Birmingham’s strategy to capture £4m rated Francis Jeffers. I say give the lad one more season. If he can stay fit he could do a good job – to see how good check out the stats the eastlower fella digs up. Can he stay fit though? Can George Best stay sober?

Arsene’s talking the talk. “I think our team is getting better as it’s a young squad. At the moment, the newspapers have already removed us from being favourites for the title but I don’t mind that. What’s important is what’s happening on the pitch and I know this team has a great potential.”

According to Soccernet, Arsenal will sign young French triallist, Gael Clichy. He’s a left back and has impressed during pre-season. They say “Clichy impressed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger enough to earn himself a full contract with the Highbury club. He should join the Gunners to play Celtic on Saturday and Rangers on Tuesday…”

Interestingly, Kolo Toure played all of last night’s 1-0 win at centre-half. Zinedine Zidane says Patrick Vieira should join him at Real Madrid. Yaaaaawn. We should know more about the captain and his future intentions this week.

Right, that’s yer lot. Later.

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