Arsenal: All the latest Arsenal flavoured news, views, rumours and other assorted bits and bobs
‘Arsenal will always be in my bloodâ€¦’ Sniff, stop it Thierry, I’m welling up hereâ€¦
Well, well, well. What have we here? Cesc Fabregas – who has played it safe since finding the limelight with his short dark hair and quiff – a Horror Hair candidate. Who would have thought it? And yet here is the young Spaniard sporting a truly horrific mullet at the start of the 2004-05 season. It just goes to show, there is Horror Hair potential within all footballers. Hopefully we’ll have lots of new Horror Hair to report on when the players return from their summer jollies sporting the latest style!
Gooner, going, gone! Jeremie Aliadiere, The ferret-featured Arsenal striker signed for Middlesbrough in a Â£1.5m deal where he hopes Teeside fans will finally be able to put a face to his name.
Welcome to Who Ate All The Dogs: you’re one-stop guide to football in South Korea (or so it seems!). Yesterday ended up being Japanese Day, but today – like an overworked correspondent at the 2002 World Cup – we are in Korea. After a spot of Korean scouting it is time to sit back and enjoy some a Korean gameshow. Thierry Henry will be playing the part of bemused Westerner in today’s performance!
No player is bigger than his club, but it someone forgot to tell Thierry Henry, who doesn’t seem to want to stop the gossip about where he might end up next season. I could be wrong, but Henry seems to relish the ceaseless transfer speculation surrounding him, which he could put an end to by simply saying ‘I am definitely staying at Arsenal next season,’ or ‘I’m looking to move to another clubâ€¦’
There are some things in football you never expect to see. England winning a major championship, Jonathan Stead scoring a goal or Gary Neville standing on the Kop to take in a Liverpool game during a Saturday afternoon off, for example. You could add to that list Thierry Henry celebrating victory in a Spurs shirt except it has happened – well, sort of.
Thierry Henry has agreed a deal to move to Barcelona, according to a French football magazine. France Football claims a contract was signed at a secret Ashley Cole-style meeting in the south of France. The reports have been rubished by Henry’s agents SEM Group, who were rumoured to have brokered the deal.
Junior Belletti’s winner secured last season’s Champions League for Barcelona as they saw off Arsenal. After Sol Campbell’s goal put the Gunners in front, Samuel Eto’o pulled one back and Belletti did the rest.
Michael Owen secures a stunning 2-1 victory for Liverpool against an Arsenal side which had dominated the 2001 FA Cup final.
With Steve Sidwell making the move from Highbury to Stamford Bridge, via the Madejski Stadium in Reading of course, Pies looks at 10 giveaways which could/or have come back to bite Mr Wenger on the Arsene.
Goalkeeping: Jens is a talented pupil but he can be a disruptive influence on the class. I appreciate he has language barriers to overcome but he shouldn’t argue with the teacher so much – eight times in detention is not acceptable. Perhaps when Lukasz arrives next term he’ll calm down and stop being such a big confrontational German.
Defence: If William stopped talking in class for five fucking minutes, perhaps he could knuckle down and apply himself. And Emmanuel must learn to respect authority or he’ll never succeed in life.
Continuing on a Harry Enfield/Paul Whitehouse tip, here’s the funniest sketch Enfield ever did. Still makes me chuckle out loudâ€¦
Birmingham City’s squidgy-nosed boss Steve Bruce has pulled off a bit of a coup by snapping up Arsenal loanee Fabrice Muamba on a permanent basis. The 19-year-old has been one of the stars of the Blues promotion season. Arsene Wenger had previously indicated that Muamba would not be allowed to leave the Emirates permanently.
Let’s hear it for Arsenal Ladies! In winning the Women’s FA Cup at the weekend (4-1 against Charlton Women), they completed an unprecedented quadruple (League Cup, Premier League, FA Cup and Uefa Cup). In other words, they did what Chelsea couldn’t. Many congrats to all concerned – a fantastic achievement.
It was also very encouraging to see that a crowd of almost 25,000 turned up at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground to watch the FA Cup final – that’s double the previous record crowd for a women’s FA Cup final. [Photo: Getty Images]
Yesterday’s crunch game at the Emirates was absorbing, if only to watch Chelsea’s grip on the Premiership title finally relax – they’ve been bravely hanging on with one hand to the edge of a cliff for several months now. A team with a lesser manager than Jose Mourinho would have capitulated long ago, so I give the Blues my respect for pushing Man Utd almost all the way.
Most Arsenal fans are not happy with Nike’s away kit for the 2007/08 season (and can’t manufacturers wait until this season is over?). As far as I’m aware, it’s only a third kit anyway (like Spurs’ yummy chocolate and gold kit, which I hated at first but now love) and so they’ll wear it only two or three times in the season.
Jose Antonio Reyes, currently on loan from Arsenal to Real Madrid, recently said he ‘wouldn’t like to go back to London’. Reyes started quite strongly at Madrid, but he’s gone rapidly downhill since his first few matches (sound familiar?) and is now out of favour with coach Fabio Capello.
Thierry Henry says he’ll stay at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger stays too. Good to see a bit of loyalty in football these days. [BBC]
I’m a heterosexual guy but Cesc Fabregas is cuter than a basket full of baby squirrels. And Jens Lehmann knows f-all about squad shirt numbersâ€¦ anyway, click on to see who is the Arsenal Mastermind champions [spotted on Guardian Unlimited]
Yes, you did read that right and it’s not something I thought I’d ever write. Arsene Wenger thinks his arch rival Alex Ferguson should be manager of the year: ‘I feel this year Sir Alex Ferguson, because he’s in a position to fight on every front,’ Wenger told www.leaguemanagers.com. ‘â€¦And Steve Coppell, who is in a position where nobody expected him to be and he has a team who do not play negatively – they have a positive attitude everywhere they go.’