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Conspiracy Theory + Win a Pires t-shirt

291 comments April 24th, 2007

Michael Owen has been conspicuous by his absence this season. However, recent weeks have seen speculation that he’s about to return constantly dampened by Newcastle United, his club.

A couple of weeks ago The Times suggested that this might be in order to draw as much financial compensation for his absence as possible. During the course of his recuperation, 50% of Owen’s wages have been paid by a private insurance policy that the club had taken out on the player, and United are now demanding that the FA pay the remaining half.

As I read this, I couldn’t help but think of the decision not to rush back either Thiery Henry or Robin van Persie before the end of the season. With Peter Hill-Wood & Co currently scrabbling for spare pennies down the back of the sofa to make up our transfer budget, is it that crazy to wonder if we’re drawing out Henry’s comeback in order to rake in a few quid on a hefty insurance policy?

Just a wild conspiratorial thought…

Seeing as we’re all so keen on “tradition” and all that, why not sell the club to this lot? Mind you, they’re all mad and foreign too. I’d probably rather have Romanov.

Just a note on the transfer link with Birmingham ‘keeper Colin Doyle: he’s only been in their team for two months, and has no previous experience of any note. If he is our goalkeeper next season, then I might cry,

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This week I’m delighted to be offering you the chance to win this Robert Pires t-shirt, to celebrate the waddly-running genius’ goalscoring debut against Barcelona on Sunday. Pires scored in a 2-0 victory for Villareal to keep the title race in La Liga wide open, aswell as gaining a measure of revenge for being withdrawn so early in the Champions League Final.

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Which club did Arsenal sign Robert Pires from?

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