Bergkamp/Manninger/Upson/Aussie link/Old boys



By Ian Grant

PLAYERS

Dennis Bergkamp is ninth in the UK football business pay league, with £3.25m according to National Statistics.

The Mirror reports that Dennis Bergkamp has ended his ‘row’ with Arsenal after agreeing a new two-year deal with the club. The paper says he will put pen to paper on the £35,000-a-week contract. He will be Arsenal’s top earner and will stay at Highbury for the rest of his career.

Chris Wreh made a surprise appearance amongst the Arsenal substitutes on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger said on Saturday: “All my players are paid good money to go out and play, so having people missing is no excuse. We should be good enough to win away matches like this. Yes we do have a Champions League game coming up but the priority for me is the domestic championship and it is worrying that we are already five points behind Manchester United.”

Thierry Henry remains third behind Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea) and Mark Viduka (Leeds United) in the Premiership goalcsoring charts.

Wenger said on Manninger: “Alex is fit. He’s been troubled by a knee injury but I think it was more in his brain. Alex played a reserve match in midweek and was fine. It’s a confidence thing with Alex. I had a long chat with him after he was unhappy despite getting clearance from the doctor. He is a natural worrier. He has the potential to become our first choice in the future, but let’s see how he does at Everton.”

Matthew Upson said:”It’s getting into the Arsenal first team which is the problem. It’s maybe harder to do that than the England scene. As soon as I can get into that Arsenal first team then things will happen from there. I’ve said it would be nice to follow Tony and Martin in the England team one day.”

Bergkamp, Vieira, Henry and Wiltord were nominated in the final fifty for the Footballer of the year poll, by France Football.

Arsenal have agreed terms with Cardiff for the transfer of 20-year-old defender Rhys Weston for a reported £50,000.

OLD BOYS

Good day for ex-Arsenal strikers last Saturday. Naill Quinn got the winner against Newcastle, Nigel Winterburn likewise for West Ham at Leeds, and Kevin Campbell put the Everton game beyond Arsenal’s reach.

Emmanuel Petit said there were times when he preferred the idea of having four legs and being stroked to being a professional footballer.”Dogs are nice, they can sleep anywhere and wag their tails and on top of that they get stroked.”

He added:”More and more footballers’ wives will cheat on their husbands because they are never at home.”

This week in 1959, Joe Baker made history when he became the first player from outside the English League to play for England. England beat Northern Ireland 2-1 at Wembley with Baker scoring one of the goals.

Burnley are hoping to recall Ian Wright to play for them.

Former Arsenal striker Paul Read has joined Exeter City. Read signed on non-contract terms last week from Swedish side OFK Ostersund.

Peter Nicholas, the ex Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Welsh international, is in charge of the under 16s Welsh national side.

Former Arsenal and Crystal Palace winger Eddie McGoldrick has taken up his first managerial position with his local team Corby Town.

The ex-Arsenal midfielder Anders Limpar is returning to Stockholm after two seasons with the Colorado Rapids in the United States. He has signed a two-year contract with Djurgarden, of the Swedish First Division, Limpar’s 11th team.

EUROPE

English teams will not be granted a fourth automatic place next season even if Manchester United, Arsenal or Leeds go on to win the trophy. According to UEFA, England’s record in Europe over the last five seasons is still too far behind the rest of Europe to warrant a fourth Champions League place. At present Spain, Italy and Germany – are allowed to have a fourth representative.

MISCELLANEOUS

According to the Times, Arsenal, Leeds United and Manchester United have all established links to Australian football clubs.

The Inside Story Of The 1999/2000 Season At Arsenal And Tottenham by Alex Fynn and Olivia Blair is currently eighth in the football books league. (Sportspages).

Arsenal were 8-11 to win at Everton.

Fulham have signed £2million rated Shakhtar Donetsk striker, Andrejs Stolcers. The 26-year-old is currently on a loan spell with Spartak Moscow and played in the first match of the Champions League second phase against Arsenal on Wednesday before switching to Craven Cottage.

The Mirror says Arsenal are also determined to keep hold of Wenger, and vice-chairman David Dein wants to start talking about a new deal as soon as possible. Wenger’s current deal runs until 2002, but he has said he will not sign a new contract until the future of the transfer system is decided.

Islington planners expect to complete a final report on Arsenal Football Club’s application, the borough’s largest ever, for a new stadium next summer. The council is consulting, which includes sending pre-paid reply leaflets to 45,000 properties in the area.

The gossip columns are awash with the story that Arsenal players who packed their own bed linen for the Ukraine, fearing the sheets there.

John Richardson, 50, who took over refereeing a match between Arsenal and Man U ten years ago, has died of a heart attack, refereeing a schoolboys’ match.

The old chestnut re-surfaced of a Celtic fan seeking to back his team at a London bookies before a testimonial at Arsenal. Told that bets on friendlies were not allowed, he replied: “Celtic dinnae play friendlies.”

The Register of Lords interest throws up some interesting things like, Lord Bach who went to see Arsenal twice on freebies – once against Leicester City and once against Fiorentina in the Champions League.

TRANSFERS – WHAT TRANSFERS?

Gordon Strachan has denied all knowledge of reports that goalkeeper Magnus Hedman is being linked with a £5 million move to Arsenal.na against Finland

Fulham and Republic of Ireland back, Steve Finnan, who is linked with Arsenal, and who excelled in the recent international against Finland, is an Arsenal fan.