Arseblog: Wednesday 9th July 2003

july 9th

07.46 – Not a lot of time this morning. I suppose it’s handy enough that there’s not a lot of Arsenal news.

The Sun says Dennis Bergkamp could be on his way to Ajax after rjecting Arsenal’s offer of £14,000 per week to stay. They say that he’s already spoken to his old mate Marco van Basten – who is number 2 to Ronald Koeman – about the move.

Lee Dixon says “I’d give him what he wants — the fans want him to stay another season.” Bergkamp’s agent Rob Jansen was on the radio yesterday though, and he was confident that a deal could be done with Arsenal. We’ll just have to wait and see.

The same article says that Arsenal’s new goalkeeping coach will be ex-Republic of Ireland star Gerry Peyton, who will most likely be coaching Sebastian Saja after his club said “The contract is 90 per cent done. The player is keen to improve himself and we know we cannot hold him back.” A fee of around 350,000 (rising to £2m) has been mentioned.

Planet Football reckons we’re after Brazilian keeper Dida.

There were reports in the Spanish press yesteday that Espanyol wanted to sign Kanu, but couldn’t go ahead because of the financial costs. Meanwhile Kanu says AW is biased towards TH14 and SW11 “There are a lot of politics going on at Arsenal. Funny things are happening at the club.”

Despite all the problems AW looks happy enough at pre-season training. Picture 2 and its caption are enough to scare the shit out of any man though.

I have a funny feeling there’ll be some big news today. Must dash….

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