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Saturday, 24 July 2010

Andrey misses training, Mertesacker linked by the press

There is very little to say today, apart from "happy anniversary" to the wife.

Andrey Arshavin missed training last night, though there is no indication as to why. I can't believe there is anything untoward going on, so I suspect he has some sort of knock, or illness, that prevented his participation. I was hoping to find out if he returned to training this morning but I have been unable to speak to my source in Austria. Fingers crossed that the little Russian is okay.

LATE EDIT: Andrey trained this morning with no apparent problems, so good news there. The players have a night out tonight, to relax following a week in intense heat. No training tomorrow.

The Daily Star is now linking us with a £10m bid for Per Mertesacker. The Daily Star is not what I would call a reliable source, but in the absence of anything else it becomes worthy of comment. Hopefully there is no smoke without fire on this one as we desperately need a big centre-back to play with Vermaelen.

It being a weekend I was hoping for a bit more transfer gossip to give no credence to, but no such luck today. The reserves play this afternoon, with Liam Brady saying he will put out the same squad as played at Crawley the other night. At £11 to get in, it's not bad value, so if you're around North Kent this afternoon, why not pop along and see the young Gunners in action?

That's your lot for today, sorry there's not a bit more.

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