THE vultures may be circling over Arsenal talisman Robin van Persie, with a move to Manchester or Turin looking likely, but Gunners fans can rest assured a new talisman could be on his way.
Or rather, an old one…
Thierry Henry expects to return for a third spell at Arsenal, possibly as a player, after leaving his current club New York Red Bulls.
He said: “I would like to go back to England with Arsenal for sure,.
“I wasn’t planning to go back to play last season. It was only because Gervinho and Chamakh went to the African Nations Cup.
“I was there to train and they asked me if I wanted to play. Who knows what might happen in the future?”
ICONIC striker Thierry Henry has submitted plans to demolish his home and rebuild it around a four-storey aquarium.
The fish-loving Frenchman wants planning consent to knock down his Hampstead home to create the aquatic wonderland which has the 40ft tank, which would cost £250,000 to build, need £12,000 a year to run and hold 300 fish in 5,500 gallons of water.
Rumours the Arsenal great plans to live inside a tiny castle inside the tank and keep his Premier League, World Cup, Ligue 1, La Liga, Cope Del Rey and FA Cup trophys inside an underwater treasure chest which opens and closes with a tiny stream of bubbles are as yet unconfirmed.
Thierry, I salute you – as an regular aquarium goer and fish keeper myself, I am green as algae with envy over this.
In your honour, here are some denizens of the deep which could live inside your tank, feel free to leave your own in the comments –
- Shark Hughes
- Octopus Rehhagel
- Fish Waddle
- Aaron Clamsey
- Stingray Clemence
- Cod Fanni
- Ruud van Nistelkoi
- Claude Mackeralele
- Wayne Troutledge
YESTERDAY I wrote a blog post about busty Croatian WAG Nives Celsius and her ‘good work’ for equality in football by playing in a men’s friendly as a second half cameo substitute.
Obviously this stunt is more about headlines and getting bums on seats than any progression for gender equality in sport – but could a woman actually make it as a pro in the men’s game?
Across in America there are rumblings that a female footballer could be joining the men-only MLS.
USA women’s captain, goalkeeper Hope Solo, emerged from the recent women’s world cup in Germany a star.
Not only have her performances on the pitch propelled her to household name status, she has since had a line of celebrity gigs – ranging from David Letterman TV shows to being the cover star of Sports Illustrated.
On the back of this – no doubt as a move to sate a public appetite for Solo – a number of media outlets are calling for her to be drafted and actually play in the men’s league, something MLS itself has not been drawn to comment on.
And Goaltastic says, if she’s good enough, give her a shot.
Undoubtedly there should be a women’s league, but this will always play second fiddle to the top leagues of the professional men’s game – and if a player is good enough, regardless of gender, they should be allowed to go pro.
Signing Solo may well be a boost off the pitch, given her new found celebrity status – but surely signing up players like David Beckham and Thierry Henry has as much to do with business as actual football.
And who’s to say she is or isn’t good enough until she’s given a chance?
FOOTBALL blog Five In Midfield has been kind enough to let me put my words all over their excellent site, penning an all-time XI to be posted.
I had a lot of fun and a little brow-furrowing putting the piece together – if you think Sir Alex Ferguson has selection headaches, try picking a team from every player that’s ever lived, ever.
Nevertheless, I did it, and you can read the reasons behind my picks here.
For those with less time on their hands, here’s my selection, and if anyone else is brave enough to let me guest post on their site, get in touch –
GK – Campos
DEF – Desailly, Cannavaro, Lucio.
MID – Best, Gascoigne, Zidane, Maradona, Ronaldo.
ATK – Ronaldo, Henry.
IN LUDICROUS transfer news, Leicester boss Sven Goran Eriksson is reportedly trying to entice Thierry Henry back into English football.
The former England boss is trying to arrange a loan move for the MLS star, who is keen to do a Becks-to-AC-Milan, Landon-Donovan-to-Everton style switch to maintain fitness levels.
The New York Red Bulls star is currently training in England, with former club Arsenal.
Sorry Yakubu, but that really would be the big name signing he’s looking for.
THE old ones are the best when it comes to Premier League players, with a survey finding Dutch master Dennis Bergkamp the best ever to grace the division’s fields.
The research, by Nuts magazine, found only six of the top 20 currently playing in the Premier League.
A spokesman said: “Nuts asked over 30,000 British young men who they thought had made the most impact on the world’s best football competition since it kicked off way back in 1992.
“The results provide a clear indication that the stars of yesteryear provide more inspiration than the current crop.”
The Premier League’s Greatest Players –
- 1. Dennis Bergkamp – Arsenal
- 2. Ryan Giggs – Manchester United
- 3. Alan Shearer – Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle
- 4. Thierry Henry – Arsenal
- 5. David Beckham – Manchester United
- 6. Peter Schmeichel – Manchester United, Aston Villa, Manchester City
- 7. Steven Gerrard – Liverpool
- 8. Gianfranco Zola – Chelsea
- 9. Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United
- 10. Paul Scholes – Manchester United
- 11. Roy Keane – Nottingham Forest, Manchester United
- 12. Wayne Rooney – Everton, Manchester United
- 13. Eric Cantona – Leeds United, Manchester United
- 14. Ian Wright – Arsenal, West Ham, Crystal Palace
- 15. Ruud van Nistelrooy – Manchester United
- 16. David Seaman – Arsenal, Manchester City, Birmingham City, QPR
- 17. Didier Drogba – Chelsea
- 18. Fernando Torres – Liverpool
- 19. Teddy Sheringham – Nottingham Forest, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Portsmouth, West Ham
- 20. Andrew Cole – Newcastle United, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Sunderland
A PINK version of the Loughborough University-designed Jabulani football will be used in professional matches in America by the likes of David Beckham and Thierry Henry to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.
The MLS league’s 16 clubs will be playing with pink balls during October, donating part of their matchday money, and decking out stadiums with pink paraphanelia from advertising boards to goalkeepers’ gloves to ballboys’ towels.
JoAnn Neale, executive vice president of MLS, said: “Breast cancer is a serious disease that affects both men and women.
“Major League Soccer is proud to collaborate with our clubs, players and corporate partners to raise awareness and support the fight against breast cancer.”