The season’s far from over, but the curtains are already twitching on transfer street. Although there are no new rumours in this story, even if one sale and one purchase from it come to fruition it will be a big old summer at Highbury. While Vieira and Cole might wave adieu and disappear off into the sunset, we could get Beckham, Owen and Shaun Wright-Phillips coming the other way, it says. Wenger to sign three Englishmen? Come on!
Talking of Englishmen, David Bentley looks set to return to action for Norwich. I’m not sure what Norwich fans make of his contribution this season. He fell out of favour over something trivial like kicking a ball away in training, and then got a pretty serious injury, so whether the loan can be judged a success for them is open to debate. For Arsenal it can only have helped â€“ he’ll come back with 30 games under his belt and a rough idea of the kind of application needed to succeed at Highbury. Then again, we said that about Pennant following his year up in Leedsâ€¦
And finally: How long was the Azerbaijani national anthem? Just when you thought the fourth verse ought, all things considered, to have been the last, off it went on again for another few minutes, ambling to an unconvincing end. It was well observed by everyone, but that’s probably because they were asleep.