Well, we won’t be getting the horn over the Arsenal next season. The club have followed the team that dare not speak its name in banning vuvuzelas from the ground.
A club statement reads: Further to their hugely debated involvement at this summer’s World Cup Finals in South Africa, Arsenal Football Club has decided to forbid the use of vuvuzelas within Emirates Stadium with immediate effect.
This decision has been taken to ensure the enjoyment and safety of supporters on matchdays, which is of paramount importance to the club.
Not that a dyslexic mate of mine will mind. He was arrested in South Africa during the tournament – he was caught blowing on a Zulu’s vulva.
In other news, it would appear that Bill Gallas is on his bike (it seemed at one point as if there might be a chance of him staying on a one-year deal) after the club announced that RVP was going to be wearing the No.10 shirt from now on.
The club says: ‘Robin van Persie will wear the Arsenal number 10 shirt next season. The Dutchman has taken on the number vacated by William Gallas, whose contract ended on June 30.
Van Persie follows in the footsteps of his compatriot Dennis Bergkamp, who donned the number 10 shirt during his Arsenal days. Carlos Vela has also changed his squad number.
He is now number 11. Anyone who has already pre-ordered the new Arsenal number 10 or 11 shirts from Arsenal.com with Robin Van Persie’s name and number will receive their shirt with the new squad number.
Anyone who has pre-ordered or bought the new Arsenal shirts with ‘Vela 12’ from Arsenal.com can return their shirt to exchange it for one with the updated number. Proof of purchase will be required.’
Meanwhile, I’m off to Crawley tonight and will bring you live updates from the action here on the site. Expect to see players who haven’t gone on on the tour of Austria such as Nacer Barazite, Jay Simpson (rumour is he is wanted by West Brom).