It has been a week in which good humour has been in short supply, and in which I have been very fortunate to have been sent some picture exclusives. On Tuesday I woke up to find the excellent shots of the Thierry Henry free-kick from Sunday from BtM. This morning it was the turn of Daryl Booth to send me the pick of his snaps from yesterday’s Members Day at the Grove.
So close he was to Arsene and Cesc he was able to eavesdrop on their conversation as they saluted the crowd. I suppose we will let him have his passport back on 1st September?
I obviously owe Daryl a huge thanks for the snap, and if you want to see more of his work (you are over eighteen, aren’t you?) then follow all of his latest adventures via Twitter.
So it’s Udinese
The real news of the day was the draw for the final qualifying round of the European Champions League. We avoided the loaded gun that was Rubin Kazan, but Udinese might have been the next side we would have wanted to avoid. Having said that we do have the chance to build a lead in the home leg, first up a week next Tuesday.
My first stop having heard the draw was the excellent Swiss Ramble, and I found his typically well-researched piece on our opponents. Since that was written they have lost the services of Sanchez and Inler, and the Italian League season starts later than ours, so the game at the Grove will be their first serious outing of the campaign. Hopefully we will catch them cold.
What with suspensions and potential departures we may be far from having a settled side going into the games. Hopefully that thought will focus a few minds in the coming week.
Have a great weekend, ‘holics.
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