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Arseblog: Friday 30th April 2004

april 30th

Oooooh, I had a bit of a lie in this morning. Well needed too. However, I was woken by a basset hound hanging for a piss and we’ve been off around the park already.

We’ve actually got a game tomorrow, doesn’t it seem like ages ago when we won the league at White Hart Lane? Not sure if it’s on the TV or not though, anyone? Ahead of the game Arsene Wenger has reassured Jens Lehmann that his Highbury future is secure, saying “He is my No 1, 100 per cent. He has had an outstanding championship. I am not looking for another goalkeeper. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves.”

Which in many respects is true. As I said the other day he’s part of the meanest defence in the league, and I challenge any goalkeeper to play the same amount of games Jens has without the odd mistake. Yes, he needs to work on his behaviour a little bit, but he seems to be popular within the squad and I’d be happy with him in nets next season.

Sol Campbell has said there’s no chance of Arsenal slacking off now that the league has been won at White Hart Lane. The big man wants to part of a team which goes the whole season unbeaten, and he says “It would be fantastic to go through the league season unbeaten. We’ve just got to keep it going and keep focused. There are four games to go but there’s still more to come from us.”

According to The Sun Freddie is on his way out of Arsenal, with Juventus interested in him and prepared to offer David Trezeguet in part exchange. This season he’s picked up knocks left, right and centre and hasn’t been at the top of his game, but he’s still scored 9 or 10 goals before you forget, and his contribution to the ‘02 Double was outstanding. He’s a big game player who would be difficult to replace, in my opinion.

Bergkamp on Van Persie:“Technically he’s very good and although he’s played a lot on the left I think he wants a role that gives him more freedom. It’s up to us to find out what he can do. I’ll help him in my own way and tell him about our movement and runs in the attacking half, and what is expected in the defensive half.”

Right, there’s not much else going on at this stage. What are you up this weekend, then?

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