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CM2 & Javier Saviola

116 comments July 7th, 2006

Today’s just “stuff“, really. Nothing fascinating. Seeing as there was no news and no World Cup game today, I just played Championship Manager with my brother. Not the new fancy bollocks: CM2 95/96: The glory years.

And all was going brilliantly. A 35-year old Uruguayan, Carlos Pena, was banging in the goals, with Steve Vickers and Alan Stubbs keeping things tight at the back. Up-and-coming goalkeeper David James was solid between the sticks, and Victor Leonenko was setting the world alight with his individual brilliance.

And then my computer crashed. And with that, I tumbled back to reality, hitting the ground with a sizeable thump. Not only was I no longer a “Championship Manager“, I was now a very sad man with too much time on his hands. An upsetting thing to discover, let me tell you.

Javier Saviola wasn’t on CM2. I think he would’ve been 15 when it came out. However, a few years later he was the favourite of like-minded geeks everywhere when he burst onto the management simulator scene with a string of stats that made bespectacled albino teenagers wet themselves.

One of those bespectacled albinos, Arsene Wenger, loved Javier Saviola so much that he now wants to buy him for Arsenal. Believe it or not, the last two paragraphs have been contrived purely so I can say that Sevilla will not stand in the way of Arsenal’s approach for the Argentinian striker.

If he were to arrive, it would make it even harder for Danish forward Niklas Bendtner to break into the first-team. Perhaps this explains the conversation had between Arsene and Rangers manager and possible future Arsenal boss Paul Le Guen over the teenager. If he does move north of the border, I hope it’s only on loan: he has a very bright future indeed, and is regarded as the best Danish prospect since the Laudrup brothers. Also, he’s good on Football Manager.

Elsewhere, Jens Lehmann has kindly offered his starting spot to Oliver Kahn for the World Cup’s third/fourth play-off: a nice gesture from our usually hostile Number 1. He’s also hinted that should Jurgen Klinsmann depart, he may have played his last game for Germany.

And finally, although we’d all like to see a signing or two, just take a moment to thank God that our board are more sensible than Wigan’s.

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