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The Wenger Ploys

by | 9th, July 2004

‘ARSENAL fans must be kicking themselves that Spurs beat their club to Jacques Santini.

With twin airbags now fitted as standard

Especially since news on the back page of the Star is that Arsene Wenger has placed his future at the champions in the balance by refusing to commit himself to new contract.

His current deal at Highbury expires in the summer of 2005 and, when asked about his plans after that, he would only say that he nothing had been decided.

The Mail says the Frenchman might go to coach the German national side, and on Saturday spoke with the Kaiser, Franz Beckenbauer.

This, however, remains unlikely, given that he’d only arrive with a season to go until the Germans host the 2006 World Cup. And that this is the worst German side in eons.

The reality is that Wenger is a shrewd operator and knows that to secure the best deal for himself he’d be a fool to pledge his future to Arsenal before contract talks begin in October.

Meanwhile, over at the Bridge, the Sun reports that Chelsea are all set to secure the services of Didier Drogba for £22m.

This would make the Ivory Coast man, who currently plays for Marseilles, the most expensive striker in the history of the British game.

It would also give Chelsea yet another new player to bed into a changing team. Not that the team’s manager, Jose Mourinho is daunted by the challenge ahead.

This is the man who, the Sun recalls, announced on his arrival at Chelsea: “I am the Special One.”

Special people have special needs, and yesterday Mourinho was installing his new regime at Chelsea by insisting that the entire coaching and playing staff breakfast together before each training session.

And breakfast is at 9am sharp.

What’s more, Mourinho has instructed his players to adhere to a midnight curfew in the week, not to drink on working days and to stick to a strict dress code.

It’s almost as strict a regime as that which governs the Formula One season, where rules dictate that Michael Schumacher must win each and every race, unless otherwise specified.

But at this weekend’s British Grand Prix, fans of organised traffic will, the Mail says, be treated to something more than just cars and a German victory.

Because over in the Jordan pit-lane will be Emma Noble, Melinda Messenger and Katie Price (aka the petrol-headed Jordan), hired by the team to add a splash of dolly-dyed glamour to the event and to distract race-goers from the turgid display on the track.

And pay special attention at start of the race, where the words “And they’re off” could take on an entirely new meaning…’



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