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We’d better have won the league by mid-April…

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So the Premier League fixtures are out and whilst all the talk is understandably about an exciting opening day clash at Anfield, the neurotic part of is already fixating on our run in.  Our last six games feature home times against Liverpool, United and Vila, with away trips to Bolton, Stoke, and Fulham.  There are more bogeys in that than my hayfever-inflicted nose.

Nevertheless, it’s exciting when the fixtures come out.  Always gives you a bit of a buzz about the opening weekend.  The tie with Liverpool means there’s a good chance we’ll be shunted on to the Sunday to suit Sky’s scheduling.

One can’t help but wonder whether or not Cesc Fabregas will be in the line-up that day.  He didn’t get off the pitch in Spain’s shock defeat to Philippe Senderos’ Switzerland yesterday, which is a shame as a positive contribution might have added a few million Euros to his price.  Barca President-to be Sandro Rossell has changed his tune a bit, and seems as determined as Laporta to see the transfer through:

“We are not under any sort of pressure at the moment. We have the whole summer to sort this deal out.

I am convinced that Cesc will be our player by the start of next season. I know what happens in football and I will not be surprised to see stories of other clubs chasing him. But we are very calm because the key person in all of this is Cesc himself. The only way he will leave Arsenal is if he is joining Barcelona because of his roots.”

Another play whose future is in doubt is Sol Campbell, who has said:

“I don’t know yet where I will be playing my football next season. What I do know for certain is that I will be getting married this summer, then I am off on honeymoon, but I will be back on July 27 ready for pre-season training.

I might still stay at Arsenal, but will need to talk with Arsene Wenger after the World Cup finals, and I have had an offer from Celtic, which I am giving serious consideration to.

If both Sol and Arsene were very keen to do the deal, one suspects it would’ve been wrapped up by now.  I’d like to see Sol stay in some capacity, though I wonder if Arsene is prioritising other targets – Koscielny, for one.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes yesterday.  Great fun was had by all.  And by all, I mean me.

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