Morning all. A few bits and bobs to be getting on with this morning.
Firstly Arsene Wenger has blamed the World Cup for our slow start to the season saying that last week was the first full week he’s had with the players. He calls the international schedule ‘crazy’ and he’s right. We had 16 players in Germany, I think, and only Chelsea had anything near that. Then less than 6 weeks after the end of the tournament there’s a two week gap in the league schedule for Euoe qualifiers. A load of dingo poo, if you ask me. The main problem is all the no-mark teams in the qualifying groups. They should all be put into a group of their own and made fight to the death. With pointy sticks.
Jens Lehmann could face a police probe after allegedly throwing his water bottle into the crowd the other day. It seems rather harsh to put something up his arse for something so trivial but that’s the Great Manchester police for you. To put it in perspective here’s an extract from an email I got yesterday. I hope the sender doesn’t mind me publishing (please let me know if it’s a problem and I’ll remove it):
Yesterday I was sat (courtesy of a United contact with season tickets) at pitch level three rows from the front directly, on the edge of the 18-yard box where Jens kept the ball in the first half. The abuse the poor lad got throughout the game was horrible and sickening. I know we all take this piss, but it started at a level of â€˜fucking cheating Nazi cunt’ and when he was recovering from the ball in the face they were accusing him of gassing Jews and shagging the corpses. Throw his water bottle into the crowd? He should have pissed on them. The intensity of the pure naked hate was frightening.
It will be interesting to see what the police make of it once Jens has his say.
Sky Sports has an article about Eric Adibal saying Arsenal want him. You can ignore that because he’s completely crap but scroll down for some interesting quotes from Julio Baptista.
The Mirror links us with Southampton’s wonderkid left back Gareth Bale saying a Â£4m deal could be done in January after a deadline day approach was rebuffed. An English left back though? They’re nothing but trouble. Good job Bale is Welsh!
France coach Raymond Domenech says he can’t believe Chelsea sold William Gallas, calling him the best defender in the world.
And there you. Had my first game with my new team here last night. I blame our narrow defeat on all the players we had watching the World Cup.