Arseblog: Tuesday 20th January 2004

january 20th

09.10 – It’s Borothon Episode II – Return of the Kids, as Arsenal take on Boro in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg at Highbury. With most of the team that played against Villa set to be rested, we should see a mix of youth, and some experienced heads like Martin Keown, Edu, Ray Parlour and Kolo Toure in the line-up. The good news is that Kanu will be staying for the game, we’ll just wait and see who gets the nod to play up top with him. It could well be David Bentley who’ll get the chance to play in his favourite position, having played out wide in previous rounds. Definitely out though is Cesc Fabregas who has got a back problem.

Jermaine Pennant might have thought he’d get a recall from Leeds considering all the injury problems we’ve got, but his loan at Elland Road has been extended. If you read the Bentley piece up above, it talks about him not going on loan because the boss didn’t want him playing the wrong kind of football. Would it be cynical to suggest that the boss is letting young players like Volz, Svard and Pennant out on loan to put them in the shop window, rather than giving them match experience to benefit them on their return?

Youri Jerkyoff reckons Arsenal need tobuy in the transfer window to maintain their title challenge. He calls United’s decision to buy a striker as they lose a defender, ‘great management’. We shall see. Graham Poll says quick free kicks are ok. Nothing like the backing of the world’s most popular referee to get people back on our side.

I reckon I’m not fit enough to go back to work. Which is a shame. A crying, crying, shame.

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