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Everyone’s Going Up The Arse

by | 27th, April 2004

‘EVERYONE not already playing for Chelsea, will, according to the papers, be playing for Arsenal come next season.

A right Charlie

The list of players being linked with the champions makes for a long and interesting read.

The Mirror is adamant that Arsene Wenger (hailed as “priceless” and “irreplaceable” by the club’s vice chairman David Dein) is hoping to secure the services of Michael Owen for around £12m.

While that sum is not a fortune in today’s Chelsea-inflated market, such a figure is still larger than Wenger is usually able or willing to pay.

As Oliver Holt writes in the Mirror: “Arsene Wenger had saved Arsenal with his habit of unearthing gold nuggets in football’s bargain basement.”

The Express believes Wenger has struck gold once more with Robin Van Persie, a Dutchman who it says will sign for the Gunners this Friday.

And so it goes on, with the Sun leading with the speculative news that Steven Gerrard and John Terry could be on the way to Highbury, if Wenger gets his way.

But nothing in football is certain. And for all the rumour, Arsenal may yet purchase a few players no-one has ever heard of.

Take the rumour that Roy Keane was all set to return to the Irish national team.

What had been stated as fact now looks less certain as the Mail says how the player has pulled out of his much-vaunted international comeback.

Keane was due to play for his country against Poland later this week, but has withdrawn from the Irish squad with a, er, strained hamstring.

We wish Keane well with his recovery, and trust that his leg will be fit enough to enable him to play for his club, Manchester United, in the FA Cup final.

And we also wish Nicolas Anelka the very best of British as he makes ready to flee Manchester City.

As too, according to the Express, is City’s Robbie Fowler, who is said to be upset at being left on the bench for the second time in three weeks.

The man, said to be Britain’s second richest footballer after David Beckham, will move on in the summer to a club prepared to pay him a fortune to sit on the bench.

Chelsea have been alerted…’



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