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Congratulations Kanu & Co

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Former Arsenal hero KanuAs much I hate to see Lassana Diarra win more silverware than his former Arsenal team-mates this season, I have to say I was delighted for Kanu to be Portsmouth’s FA Cup Final hero.

The Nigerian twice won the trophy with Arsenal, but played only ten minutes in the first of those games, and remained on the bench for the second.  Yesterday, he was on the field for almost the entire ninety, and scored the crucial goal.

I was always a huge fan of him in his Arsenal days.  He’s probably the most outrageously skillful footballer I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching.  To have the career he’s had, without ever seeming to break into a run, you need to be pretty special.

Bacary Sagna and Abou Diaby had already been ruled out of the France Euro 2008 squad by injury, but you’d think after the oustanding season he’s had that Gael Clichy would be at least included in the provisional selection – sadly for Gael, he’s not.  I do find it pretty remarkable that the truly useless Eric Abidal is repeatedly picked ahead of Clichy.  No matter: I’m sure his time will come.  Strange though to see a France squad with only one current Arsenal player in it.

One France international who could be an Arsenal player come the Summer is Marseille playmaker Samir Nasri.   With both he and Lyon’s Ben Arfa seemingly on the move, it’s no surprise that the lazy press has consistently linked both with Arsenal: they’re young, French, and highly technical players.  Here’s a video of Nasri in action to whet your appetite.

Arseblog summarises a lot of other seemingly unlikely transfer rumours.   I’m done for today though.

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