february 1st 2004
Welcome to a brand new month on the new look Arseblog, and I’m sitting here with a quite minging hangover, brought on by lots of beer and a bottle of red wine. Good jebus my head hurts.
Looking around this morning we have the news that club has just made £100,000 by selling youngster Jerome Thomas to Charlton. You’d think we might have stiffed them for a few quid extra considering they’re more than a bit flush after selling Scott ‘Spurs and Chelsea are shit’ Parker, but I’m sure the boss knows what he’s doing. Good luck to young Jerome, and it’s nice to see one of our kids go to a decent Premiership side rather than a lower division club. There’s also a rather good interview with Ashley Cole in the Independent.
I love this story on Arseweb about the young Kenyan striker who was said he’d love to play for Arsenal because he likes the way we play football. Apparently there were some Chelsea scouts there and when asked about joining them he thought for a while and said “…Chelsea is in London so then I could talk to the Arsenal coach and go and play for them”. Class. Kanu’s Nigeria thrashed South Africa 4-0, but old Nwanky had to come off after being injured.
Guillem Balague on Reyes “People in Spain used to say Romario was a cartoon player. You have only seen that sort of footwork and amazing skill in animated film. José Antonio Reyes is a PlayStation footballer. Give the ball to him and he will take it as close to goal as he can at the highest pace.”
Gary Lineker on Reyes “Reyes ought to fit into the Premiership fairly comfortably and should find goals easier to come by than in Spain”
Double-D says the boss could spend again, although it seems we’d have to get rid of some of the dead wood first. It’s hard to see any future at the club for Jeffers, van Bronckhorst or Kanu, while there have to be serious doubts over Wiltord and Bergkamp. A few bob for Gio and Jeffers, and the savings on wages if the others were released at the end of their contracts would make a signing or two possible. Last night I was talking to a taxi driver who swore blind that Kluivert would be signing for Arsenal at the end of the season. “Todo hecho” he said (“all done”). We’ll see.
Patrick Barclay writes an interesting piece on Demento and the problems at Old Trafford. “While awareness that the lunatics are to conduct a thorough health check on the asylum is reassuring we could do with just a little more detail, such as the identity of the investigator-in-chief: Ferguson’s secretary, perhaps, or his brother Martin, who for many years has served as the club’s globetrotting scout.”
Right, Man City this arvo and hopefully we’ll see our new boy make his debut. More later.