Arseblog: Thursday 11th September 2003

september 11th

08.26 – So that’s the internationals done and dusted for another little while anyway.

France’s 2-0 win over Slovenia means they’ve qualified for Euro2004, so hopefully the Arsenal players will get a bit of a break as French coach Santini tries out some new players in the remaining qualifying games. Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole were rested for England last night, as they hammered Lichtenstein…er…2-0.

Just when you thought we couldn’t be linked with any more goalkeepers, it seems Arsene Wenger is about to sign young Luton Town keeper Robert Beckwith. According to this Luton Town site, AW has ‘ordered his capture following recommendations from scouts who suggested an immediate signing.’

It would be a surprise signing seeing as we have Stuart Taylor and Graham Stack, both young keepers with bright futures ahead of them. The Independent says we won’t be able to sign him until January, but the club want him to start training with them straight away. Interesting.

Not much else going on really. For those of you interested in Freddie Ljungberg’s Calvin Klein pictures, there’re a couple here and here. He is a very photogenic guy, it has to be said, and given the fact that Arsenal have never really been the prettiest team around I think it’s fantastic that we’ve entered the world of male modelling. These guys need a trade when they retire.

You can get a full look at Arsenal’s financial report here. Thanks to those of you who told me that this Croatian fella, Niko Kranjcar, has an Austrian passport and wouldn’t need to go through the work permit rigmarole.

Today is a holiday here in Catalunya. They celebrate the day they lost their independence, strange but true. My limited experience of national holidays means it’s time to put on the curly green wig and go down to the pub for the day. Hurrah. Or I might just go back to bed.

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