may 1st 2004
Welcome to yet another brand new month here on Arseblog. We seem to get these every 30 days or so. Strange. Today is a holiday here, the day of the worker, which is really quite ironic because they really do try and do as little work as possible for the rest of the year.
With regards to the Arsenal, AW says Freddie Ljungberg is not for sale and he’s looking to bring in at least one and possibly two more players during the close season. He said he’d like to sign David Beckham, but he can’t afford him, and hinted at the exits of Martin Keown, Kanu and Sylvain Wiltord. It does look as if Dennis Bergkamp will stay though, as the boss says “He is a great influence in the dressing room and will help Robin van Persie when he arrives in the summer. He is Van Persie’s idol and he will be able to help him settle in and give him advice.”
There’s an excellent piece in The Guardian about Patrick Vieira. Asked why players like himself and Henry stay at a club that is not hte richest or biggest in Europe, he says “Because I look at the players here and I know we can achieve our dreams. With the new stadium and the young players coming in, this club has the potential to be one of the biggest in Europe. You’ll see.”
For today’s game, Edu is out with a bruised eye, whiole Freddie Ljungberg returns after a hand operation. Jose Reyes could start up front with Thierry Henry. Anyway, I’m going to get some brekkie, then chill out downstairs and watch the match.