Tuesday 7th September 2010

International football has never 'floated my boat' quite like watching my club side. Consequently, I spent the weekend with family and friends, and although much of the conversation surrounded the beautiful game naturally, it was very much a few days where alternative means of entertainment shone through!

I didn't see England's game against Bulgaria, or any of the other internationals, so I am not in a position to comment. Like all these occasions I am sitting with my fingers and toes firmly crossed that our array of representatives come back unscathed injury-wise.

In my previous thoughts I haven't mentioned the Carling Cup draw or the last addition to our squad before the transfer window closed.

The former saw the draw taking place when we were already battling it out with Blackburn at Ewood Park and as always, I longed for an away tie against a lower league team we don't get to visit on a regular occasion. With names such as Brentford, Scunthorpe, MK Dons and Swansea in the hat there was a relatively good chance such a tie could materialise.

What would have been my very last choice? That’s right, Spurs.

Not because of any other reason than it seems to be becoming almost an annual event that we meet in this competition. Once again, being a fixture we undertake in every league season (except when they were relegated in the Seventies of course!) it is totally non-inspiring.

A test for the kids nonetheless and at least we haven't got to travel too far I suppose!

With Billy Gallas, Sol and Mikael Silvestre all moving on to pastures new, the fact we were a little short at the back was no secret, so the arrival of Sebastien Squillaci was most welcome. A player with a huge amount of experience at the very highest level, he certainly has the right pedigree to become a successful and popular addition to our squad.

Time will tell, but once again all we can do at this stage is offer you a warm welcome to the Gooner family Seb.

I should get the chance to see England's latest outing in Switzerland this evening and like all Gooners I will be particularly interested in how Theo performs if selected.

But as mentioned above, more importantly than anything with all our players, please come back to the red and white in good nick!


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7 Sep 2010