Like Sol Campbell, I went a bit missing there for a few days, sorry.
So anyway, itâ€™s all getting a bit exciting again, not least because we warmed up for tomorrowâ€™s game with a win rather than a defeat. Weâ€™ve got a great chance to progress, but will we? If I knew that Iâ€™d be a rich man. But I donâ€™t and Iâ€™m consequently not.
In the one or two years ahead, weâ€™re going to need our experienced players to help balance out the youth in the side, which is why I sincerely hope Pires does sign a one-year extension. Heâ€™s far from set the side on fire this season but is more than worth another year. At the moment, the sagaâ€™s becoming a bit of pantomime and is anyoneâ€™s guess, with the stay-o-meter swinging towards the he-wonâ€™t according to this.
Wenger, for his part, echoed my words by saying, â€œI want him to stay because he is an important player in the squad – we have such a young squad that the experience of players like Robert Pires will always be important to us. He wants more than one year, but I remain faithful to our policy.”
As for tomorrow, Real have included Ronaldo in their squad for tomorrow. Iâ€™m inclined to call him names and guffaw about his girth, but I wonâ€™t, because itâ€™s bad karma. If I call him a fatty he will score a hat-trick.
I just hope the svelte Brazilian powerhouse has an off-day.