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Why RVP’s comments scare me + Details of Arsenal’s visit to Nigeria.

Fantastic Robin

Good morning gooners. How are you enjoying your start to the weekend? I mean…you’ll work for less hours today so if I were you, I’d make it count, get all the work done and prepare for a weekend of exciting footie.

The FWA awards were held last night and RVP was in attendance to receive a deserved Player Of The Season Award. It was an enjoyable evening from what I’ve read.

He gave a fine speech about how proud he is to be captain of Arsenal and he also complemented his team mates (Song and Theo especially) for the assists and support they have given him this season. He mentioned the volley against Everton as his favourite goal of the season before apologizing to an Everton fan (who groaned) in the room. Top man!

One part of his speech however caught my attention and raised my fears of him leaving this summer.

If you ask the likes of Robert Pires how he feels, what he feels like he will say ‘I feel like a Gunner’ – and whatever happens with me I will always be a Gunner.’

Okay, maybe it’s my paranoid alter ego taking over, but I just have this sneaky feeling about the portion I put in bold. It just feels like Henry 2007 all over again, reminding us of how much he loves the club, yet proceeding to break our hearts. Hopefully it’s not the case, I pray to God I’m wrong.

That being said, if he does leave, we’ll do the same thing we did when PV4, Thierry Henry and Cesc left the club, move on.

On a lighter note, Arsenal announced on the official website the team will be visiting Nigeria this summer. That’s probably the best news I’ve got all month. Excited does not even begin to describe how I feel at the moment.

The second team will arrive in Abuja in July and play 2 games. The first team arrives in August and also play one game in Abuja, then an open training session and other off-field events in Uyo. Other events will hold in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Minna and Akure.

You can bet the atmosphere will be incredible throughout the team’s stay in Nigeria. Believe me when I say Nigerians can’t wait.

I was saying I wouldn’t go home this holiday because I’ve got some business to attend to, but with my first love going to Nigeria? There’s only one place I’ll be come August.

That’s yer lot for today guys. It’s a very cold morning in Accra, Lord knows what would have become of me had I not come to school with a sweater. It’s going to be a long day for me, a 7-page project documentation awaits me. I’d better stopped rambling then.

Just before I go, there’s talk of Alex Song moving to Real Madrid in the summer. If Madrid show some interest, I don’t see him turning them down. Now, while I’ll be gutted to see his back, I wouldn’t mind receiving 15million quid for him.

With Coquelin coming through the ranks, the blow of his departure will be softened. Plus we’ll most likely sign that midfield creator we’ve always wanted, so we won’t miss his assists.

What do you think? Good business or not?

See you in the comments, where if I find some time, I’ll edit your comments to suit me. 😀

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Arsenal add Malaysia to Pre-season dates; Why Nigeria may miss out.

Beautiful Morning to you all from wherever you’re reading, even if its not, surely the events of yesterday will at least make for a good start to the working week.

While we’re at it, someone send a bottle of wine to Dempsey(Bennett too) or better still, add the American to our shopping list for next season. With one year left on his contract he can’t command much and would be a great option off the bench or not. Well then, straight to the post.

Following the apparent success of last year’s visit, the club has announced it will be back at Malaysia as part of it’s Asian tour later this year ahead of the 2012/13 season.

This comes in addition to already set dates in Hong Kong against Kitchee FC on July 29 and in China against Manchster City at Beijing’s Bird Nest Stadium two days before.

You’ll recall that the match at the Bird’s Nest had its publicity done in the warm-up for Sunday’s league encounter between both sides with players of both clubs spotting shirts with words printed in Mandarin for viewers watching the match in China.

The Malaysian tour will kick off the club’s Asian tour, with the first-team squad to take part in an open training session in the Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur on July 23 before playing a match against a Malaysia XI at the same venue from 9.45pm local time on July 24.

Why The Nigerian Tour Might Not Happen

The Asian tour is expected to be followed by a tour to Nigeria early in August with Arsenal expected to play two matches, reportedly in Port Harcourt and Lagos, before returning to Europe to prepare for the 2012/13 season.

On a side note, I think the Nigerian date hasn’t received firm confirmation because the Champions League qualifying matches take place around the same time so I’m guessing the club is being cautious about confirming the date until third spot and group stage Champions League qualification has been cemented in the league.

The quest for that continues on Wednesday night when we visit bottom of the table Wolverhampton Wanderers, where a win would open a five point cushion for us over Sp*rs and Newcastle United.

Other News

Looks like the FA are looking into Balotelli’s reckless challenge on Song and if found guilty could be handed a 9match ban. Yes. 9 games, that’s his 3rd sending off in the league this season for the mercurial Italian.

Tomas Rosicky has been named player of the month for Arsenal beating Theo(2nd) and Vermaelen (3rd). He fully deserves it, the midfield has been key to our resurgence and he’s a man reborn, driving everyone forward. Unlike Pires I hope we keep him around longer.

Preview for that comes up here tomorrow morning. For now, have a pleasant day ahead.

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