Hello again from an extremely rainy Brisbane.
Some people don’t like the rain. I’d go so far to say that many people hate it. But it always seems to put me in a good mood and today has been no different. Heck, I’m about as smiley as that Guy Smiley guy from Sesame Street. You know the guy. He smiles a lot. That’s me today and I can tell you, it’s pretty fun.
It may have something to do with the fact that momentum surrounding a move for Stephen Appiah is growing. West Ham and Portsmouth as well as Arsenal are being linked with a move for the Ghanaian and the man himself has had this to say about the speculation:
“There are contacts, there are talks – I can’t say anything yet. I am not going to put people off, my agents are talking so I have nothing else to say. My dream is to play in the Premier League and with the help of God, I will realise that dream.”
Ooooo how the plot thickens. I know it’s only rumours up until this point but I can’t help but think that there’s something to this. As I said yesterday, it just seems peculiar to me that Arsene Wenger is yet to speak about the lack of a signing and that suggests to me that he is in talks with Appiah. Fingers crossed it turns out to be true.
As with the past few days, there’s not much else going on at the moment.
According to reports Robin van Persie has picked up a foot injury whilst on international duty with the Netherlands. However, this only appears to be a minor problem and he should feature in the friendly against Australia – my team – over the weekend.
The only other thing of interest floating around are some comments made by Wenger about which clubs he believes pose the biggest threat to Arsenal’s chances of winning the Champions League. The manager had this to say:
“There’s the usual English teams, the two big Spanish teams and you could add Inter Milan this year maybe. They have experience and a massive squad now. They will be difficult to beat. But if you want an outsider in there then maybe Bayern Munich.”
It’s interesting that he points out Bayern Munich because they are a team which I also personally feel will do very well this season. Their absence from the Champions League last season means that a lot people will not be looking at Bayern to pose as big a threat as the likes of Real Madrid or Manchester and that should suit them well. Just as aside, I think that this season Franck Ribery will show that he’s one of the very best players on the planet, right up there with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
It’s clear that Wenger is an admirer of Jose Mourinho when he includes Inter Milan as one of the favourites. Inter have never really shown much in the Champions League but I believe that with Mourinho at the helm they will be unbelievably strong. It will be interesting to see how things pan out.
Anyway, I’m going to go back to dreaming about Stephen Appiah in an Arsenal shirt now, so I’d appreciate a bit of peace and quiet. Cheers.
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