Henry's big pay day + Arsecast 72

Guten blog to you all. It’s a Friday and that means the end of the working week. Unless you’re a workaholic blogger like me.

Early team news ahead of tomorrow’s game against Reading is that Almunia will be having a fitness test after being caught in the showers by Jens Lehmann and a length of wavin pipe just before the United game last week. There’s no Bacary Sagna, Flamini or of course Rosicky, but we may see Denilson return to the fold after a long absence.

The boss is aiming for second spot but with Chelsea’s win over Everton last night that seems unlikely, even if they have played a game more than us. Hopefully we can get a home win under our belts again though. The last time we won a game at the Grove was Blackburn on February 11th. Amazing when you think about it. It won’t be easy though. When you consider our run of form and the fact that Reading are still scrapping near the bottom of the table we’ll need to be careful enough.

The Guardian reports on Thierry Henry’s last season at Arsenal . After the Arsenal Supporters Trust analysed player wages and other expenses it appears the former captain was paid a signing on fee which could have been as much as £5m in May 2006 (paid up front and not over the course of his contract), then another £5m in wages. It’s hard to suggest we got value for money in that final season but Henry’s contribution to the club over the years can’t be measured in just that time frame.

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s Amauri . Dubious transfer link via Sky Sports.

Robin van Persie talks about the Bergkamp/van Basten link up at Ajax .

Not much else happening, so Arsecast time.

Arsecasts

In this week’s OleOle.com sponsored Arsecast I chat to Goodplaya about the recent games, the squad and the remaining games of the season, the Man in the Bar has a player history, there’s Eboue, Adebayor and more.

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So, enjoy the Arsecast. I’m over to London this evening for the game and to have some Arseblog 5-a-side action on the Saturday morning. Which I expect will be played with a monstrous hangover. Which could result in vomiting on the opposition but I don’t see anything in the rules about that.

Tom will be blogging Saturday and Sunday so cheers to him for keeping it going.

Talk to you in a couple of days. Byeeee.