Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Grab: 10.18.2007

It looks like the Arsenal board are hoping Arsene Wenger can work his magic with the group of youngsters at Ashburton Grove, and quickly. According to chairman Peter Hill-Wood, they've extended a "lockdown period". Having Alisher Usmanov as the second largerst shareholder obviously doesn't sit well with Hill-Wood, et al, and the agreement means board members can only sell shares to "permitted persons"and must give fellow members "first option" until 2012. Most interestingly, however, was Hill-Wood's assertion that Wenger would make the ideal chairman to replace him. I'm sure there was some sort of discussion about this, but it's difficult to see a man who's so engrossed in the day-to-day of teaching football to trade in his tracksuit for a seat on the board. And this for a man who owns no shares (directly, that is) of the club. Then again, the gaffer'll be 60 by that time, but will he be ready to set his whistle down? In other Wenger love-festing, the club have also commissioned a bronze statue of the Frenchman.
Arsene Wenger viewed as future Arsenal chairman [Times Online]
Arsenal Commissions Bronze Sculpture of Manager Arsene Wenger [Bloomberg]

In other Gunners news, Dutch striker Robin van Persie is ruled out for about four weeks, after sustaining a knee knock in Holland's 2-0 Euro qualifying win over Slovenia. For many Gooners, we all know how good he is, but it's his fragility that's worrying. But, after missing a large portion of the season, RVP still lead the team in goals. The question now is how will Eduardo da Silva and Nicky Bendtner fare in the flying Dutchman's place?
Wenger Awaits Scan On Van Persie [Goal]

In Blues news, Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba is quoted in France Football Magazine that he wants to leave Stamford Bridge, claiming the club is broken. Amassing a reputation as a diver in the EPL, despite being more Michael Essien-like that Michael Essien, the 29-year-old proved to be one of Jose Mourinho's best signings when he seemed to singlehandedly take control of games on his own. I always thought of him as a little bit traditional English centre-forward, but with some great ball control in close quarters. And, he got back to defend more in a match than Frank Lampard did in a single season. People in football, especially players, are fickle, but his statement can't sit well with owner Roman Abramovich and it seems that things at the Bridge are continuing to crumble.
Drogba to demand move [Sky Sports]

We look to footballers for entertainment and inspiration, but now perhaps we should look to them for relationship advice. Bob at the Offside tells us how Theirry Henry and Critiano Ronaldo can teach us a thing or two.
Relationship Lessons from Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo [The Offside]

Thankfully, the streets of London are safer today, after Sir Alex Ferguson's attacker was sentenced to 15 months in jail after he punched the Manchester United gaffer in the nuts. Kevin Reynolds, a 44-year-old "whose criminal record boasts a total of 146 convictions including many for violence, during nearly a quarter of a century of drink-driven offending", apparently accosted Sir Alex in London's Euston station.
Drunken beggar jailed for punching Alex Ferguson [Daily Mail]


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