At last there’s some news! For the past few days I’ve been meaning to write something, but with nothing more constructive to say than ‘Nasri isn’t her yet’, or ‘Hleb hasn’t gone yet’, it seemed a little pointless. Even my Euro 2008 preview can wait until the end of the week.
So it comes with great relief that there is finally some Arsenal transfer news, even if it is the wrong way, with Lehmann making the understandable switch back home to Germany, signing for Stuttgart. And good luck to him – for all his ramblings over the past year, he’s been a superb keeper for us since arriving to become part of the Invincibles in his first season. Even when out of the team he was sharp enough to perform when called upon. Thanks Jens.
The feelgood factor continues with Bacary Sagna signing a new deal after only twelve months at the club, a clear sign of how highly rated he is after a fantastic debut season. It is often forgotten in the clamour for big name signings that what we actually need is more Sagnas.
Elsewhere, Freddie Ljungberg’s come in for a bit of stick recently for comments that were attributed to him by a Russian newspaper, and then bandied around all the tabloids, in which ‘he claimed’ that Wenger was a nightmare to work with and jettisoned him as soon as he was injured. They seemed very un-Ljungberg like comments, and the man himself has now refuted them:
“I haven’t done an interview with this Russian newspaper and none of the quotes have any substance, I certainly didn’t make those comments.”
Which is good, because the alleged comments were bitter, twisted and extremely stupid. We all know journalists are like that anyway, so I guess it’s no surprise one of them invented the story.