Let’s start the day with some rare diplomacy from Alex Ferguson who reckons Arsenal will be a stronger team without Thierry Henry’s presence. Fergie rabbited on about us remaining in the top four, and that “it was time for him to go. Arsene Wenger knew that, and I think they’ll do better.” Have those two finally had their bottle of red together?
The big news yesterday, aside from Sagna’s confirmation was Cesc rejecting Real outright. I really do not like the language used by his agent, the whole ‘third time lucky’ crap just means we have to put up with more rumours next summer. I’d even gamble on the fact we’ll be hearing Real rumours in January, with Madrid promising cut price £5m offers so they can afford to bribe UEFA to play him in the Champions League in February. Eat your heart out, Nostry. It’s all very queer, with Fabregas allegedly having listened to talks from Real, which, as far as I am aware, is completely illegal. Of course, it is Madrid we’re talking about here. Above the law and whatnot, along with Barca.
Reports from Spain state that Reyes is returning to London after Real Madrid ‘baulked’ at Arsenal’s asking-price for Jose Antonio. Will the club seek other suitors in Spain, now? Hard to say at this moment – it will more than likely take a week or two before an official statement is made. Apart from any morale factor, Reyes’ presence in the team (on paper) would not hurt us at all.
Ljungberg’s price tag is reportedly the stumbling block to his move to Fiorentina. Furthermore, Ljungberg has ruled out any move to an English club – so that means no Freddie for Man City nor Sunderland. Freddie’s agent is quoted as saying “…he has earlier said that due to his respect for the Arsenal fans he can’t play for another English club”. He really is a gooner at heart, and it will make us all the more sad when (if) he is moved on.
The Gooner reckons we’re looking at Luka Modric. Hooray? There’s a little interview to browse through over at Arsenal.com while we’re all still in Sagna-mode.
And of course, the Barnet friendly starts later today. Arsene’s putting out ‘a strong team’, and the new players should be coming off the bench. It’s always nice to see the old fashioned shirts without the player names – I remember it was a 0-0 not too long ago. Hopefully we’ll sneak a last minute equaliser against the mighty Barnet FC.