Arseblog: Saturday 2nd August 2003

august 2nd

11.56 – This has been a hot summer at the best of times. It’s been 3 months since we’ve seen any rain at all. Not that I’m complaining mind, but today is just so hot. I’m quite literally, in a not literally at all sense, melting.

The Sun says Robert Pires is set to sign a £45,000 a week deal to stay at Arsenal for the rest of his career. Good news if true, I still find it hard to believe that anybody thought it might be a good idea to sell him this summer. The same article says that although Sylvain Wiltord’s contract ends next summer, the boss is in no hurry to have contract talks with him.

We know he’s been a bit fed up with playing ‘out of position’ on the right side of midfield, but with the emergence of Jermaine Pennant and a fully fit Freddie Ljungberg for the coming season, he might find his chances of getting a game there have seriously diminished.

Arsenal are in Jockland today for their first game agains the two Glasgow giants. Arsenal take on Celtic at 3pm today with Patrick Vieira expected to play his first football since April. For those of you with PPV and all that, I believe the whole game will be shown delayed on Eurosport at 6pm GMT.

It should be a good workout for the boys, and as former Celtic manager and Arsenal youth big cheese Liam Brady says “There is no such a thing as a friendly for Celtic.” Still, it should be a good laugh for those going, there’s a good rapport between the Arsenal and Celtic fans.

Right, must go to the market and then spend the afternoon floating in the med. Laters.

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