Arseblog: Saturday 24th January 2004

january 24th

18.05 – Arsenal 4-1 Boro (Bergkamp, Ljungberg 2, Bentley)

I’ve just seen David Bentley’s first goal for the club having watched the game on some internet stream. They say special players announce themselves in a special way. Beckham from the half-way line, Henry’s first against Southampton, Wayne Rooney’s wonder strike against us last season. Well, if his goal is anything to go by, Bentley is a very special player indeed. He got the ball from Robert Pires around the edge of their box, went to go round the defender, dummied inside and chipped it over Mark Schwarzer, into the top corner, with his weaker left foot. A quite wonderful debut goal. Make sure you catch it on the TV tonight. I said after the Carling Cup game I’d like to see him in the middle. I’ve now seen him in the middle, and I like it.

Overall it was another roasting for Boro (“We always win 4-1”) – Freddie got two typically Freddie goals after Dennis opened the scoring after some great work by Ray Parlour. George Boateng got sent off, Danny Mills tried to get everyone upset again, and we had way too much for them again. I hope every little bit of confidence they took from the Carling Cup game is now gone and we murder them on Wednesday.

Enjoy your Saturday night, folks.  

08.05 –  A very quick round up this morning before I go and clear out a garden for three hours. I hate when people ask me to do stuff when I’m not in a mentally alert enough state to say ‘no’.

Arsene Wenger has revealed he’s unhappy at Feynoord releasing details of a bid he may or may not have made for Robin van Persie. The boss reckons they’re trying to make it an auction. He also explains why he’s resting Thierry Henry while Patrick Vieira says we’ve got enough quality to cope with TH, and the other strikers who are missing – including Francis Jeffers who we can recall from loan if we need to. Jens Lehmann has pleaded guilty to an FA misconduct charge for chucking a ball at Kevin Phillips, while Edu tells his team-mates to beware of Juninho.

This got lost a bit yesterday, so I’m moving it here. Back for part 3 of the Borothon©. More later.

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