The exciting news this morning is that the sun is out and I’m not at work. It’s an explosive combination.
Everyone at Arsenal â€“ apart from the poor sods who have been sent off for national duty â€“ is now on holiday, so it looks as if the main action won’t come for a good couple of weeks.
This morning, for a dose of deja vu, you can read a repeat of the story about Barca wanting Henry here. It’s a dream for them apparently, but they’ll be well aware that, even if they promise him they’ll “be your best friend”, he’s not going to move there. It would take a massive falling out with the Highbury hierarchy, a financial crisis at Arsenal, or a bid of Â£100m to shift him, so I wouldn’t hold your breath.
The same story also claims Barca boss Rijkaard was sounded out about signing Vieira, but snubbed the chance. Pah.
And finally, congratulations to Thierry, who has won the European Shoe/Boot/Constitution for the second year running. This year, he’s shared it with Villareal’s Forlan, the man who was deemed not prolific enough for goal-shy Westchester Buccaneers.