A Friendly Word

First up, we passed 10,000 visitors yesterday. So, thank you for stopping by (again). The new season starts next week in Scotland, and I daresay that there’ll be a full preview of that on here at some point over the next seven days (unless I can find someone to write it for he it’ll have to be done by me – I should probably start researching it), but in the meantime it’s more friendlies today, most notably between Arsenal and Ajax at Ashburton Grove (on a point of principle, I’m not calling their new stadium by its sponsors’ name). It’s Dennis Bergkamp’s farewell, and I think it’s fair to say that he has probably been the most successful import ever into the Premiership. Seven million quid exceptionally well spent (and, as someone that is fairly scared of flying, it’s nice to know that there’s someone even more spacky about it than me). It also marks the final farewell to Highbury. Much as I hate Arsenal (and I really, really do, at a very profound and occasionally profane level), I’m going to miss the old place. It may have become the Highbury Library in it’s final years (when the truth was that it wasn’t that much worse than anywhere else), but one has to say that two of the stands were stunning pieces of architecture and, as listed buildings, can’t...

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