News review

By Ian Grant

According to one tabloid, Juventus are ready to offer Arsenal a choice of £20m or Edgar Davids and Alessandro del Piero in exchange for Patrick Vieira. Juve’s £15m summer bid was rejected out of hand. Likely story.

Meanwhile Patrick Vieira wants to show his love for the Gunners by buying shares in the club: “I think Arsenal will grow and grow and become richer and richer. It is already one of the most successful and biggest clubs in Europe and, with the current board and Arsene Wenger, it will always be up there with the best.”

According to reports TV viewing figures for Arsenal’s Champions League ties were down.

Seems like the last Champions league games took it out of many teams last week. Arsenal, Leeds United, Valencia, Paris St Germain, Olympique Lyon, Anderlecht and Panathinaikos and Lazio all drew in their domestic leagues.

Robert Alles King, former criminal and consultant who died recently, was touched to discover that he was the father of a successful and happy daughter, now in her 30s, who had traced him through an adoption agency; they discovered that they had the same taste in books and football teams – “Arsenal, the bank robbers’ favourite club”.

Speaking about the Arsenal Academy, Liam Brady said: “You wouldn’t be getting a boy of that age to run half-laps in 28 seconds. That comes later. And as they get older, you’re also teaching them about their responsibilities to their team-mates. We’re encouraging them to be confident in their own ability, and to try things, but we’re also telling them that essentially teams are what win matches and trophies.”

He added:”…Instead the tactical philosophy must come from within each club. We play 442 because that’s the way Arsenal play, and I think it’s important to have that kind of continuity.”

According to Richard Willaims, many of the brightest prospects at The Arsenal Academy are English, such as the “Peterborough-born David Bentley, a 16-year-old whose uncommon vision and technique make him appear the natural heir to Dennis Bergkamp’s No10 shirt”.

Brady said on Ashley Cole: “The first thing he’s looking for is to get the ball to Bergkamp’s feet or Henry’s feet. Now that’s a drastic change. Down the years, he’d have been told to belt it into the channels.”

The Eircom/FAI International Awards Hall of Fame Award went to ex-Arsenal winger Joe Haverty. The International Award was presented to Pat Jennings. The Senior award went to Arsenal’s Ciara Grant and the under-18 award to Caroline Thorpe.

Olympic Lyon striker Steve Marlet was called up to replace Thierry Henry for the French international against Turkey. Henry was suffering from groin pains.

Robert Molenaar, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Arsenal at Highbury on 20 December 1998 is finally making a comeback.

Thierry Henry slipped to third in the Premiership scoring charts behind Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea) and Mark Viduka (Leeds United)

Arsenal are third in the red and yellow card league – behind Coventry and Charlton.

According to reports, Liverpool are still tracking Wigan’s Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll, but could face competition from Arsenal and Manchester United.

Ex-Arsenal star Ian Wright has joined a £31m scheme to unearth future English tennis stars.