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JW Diaries: Atletico Madrid, Ray Parlour and too many beers

Another day, another visit to the team hotel; this time it was the Fan Party!

These events are really good; you get to see players in a different light. Firstly, Arsenal pitch-side presenter Nigel Mitchell interviewed Ray Parlour, who was his normal witty self. After that, 4 players came into the stage and played a series of games including drawing various things which concluded a Q & A session.

Whilst there, I managed to meet our new Head Coach who signed autographs and posed for pictures to everyone who was there, a very charming man who I’m completely taken with, I really believe we’ve made the right choice.

Ivan Gazidis was not around and the speculation continues.

After this, we went to Clarke Quay which is a lovely area full of bars and restaurants. Needless to say, we only frequented the former, later on we was joined by a media friend who informed me that both the Club and Ivan wouldn’t speak of his future; it doesn’t sound promising.

Today sees us play our first real match against Atletico Madrid, it appJW Diaries: Atletico Madrid, Ray Parlour and too many beersears that all the squad minus our World Cup players will get a run out.

Before that I’m meeting Ray Parlour in a formal setting to be televised and put on the web site.

Too many beers last night and no doubt, lots more today……..


Arsenal Legends – What do they do now?


A lot of fuss has been made recently over Arsenal not employing the likes of Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Dennis Bergkamp. It got me thinking whilst watching the Arsenal Legends match…

What do the Arsenal Legends who played doing now?

Works at Arsenal

Freddie Ljungberg – Arsenal Under-16s coach.
Robert Pires – Arsenal Foundation Ambassador. Hangs about the training ground.
Gilles Grimandi – Arsenal scout.
Luis Boa Morte – Arsenal scout.

Works in Football (Not at Arsenal)

Gilberto Silva – Panathinaikos Technical Director
Pascal Cygan – Assistant coach at Belgian Second Division side KSV Roeselare.
Marc Overmars – Director of football at Ajax Amsterdam.

Still Plays

Kolo Toure – Still playing semi-professional football in the Scottish Premier League for Celtic.
Justin Hoyte – Let go by the Daggers over  the summer.


Nwankwo Kanu – Founded the Kanu Heart Foundation which helps young African children with heart defects. Kanu is also an ambassador for UNICEF. Founded his own soccer school based in Canada.


Nigel Winterburn – Works as a freelance pundit and has provided analysis and comment on Sky Sports and talkSPORT as well as in print for publications such as the Daily Star.
Emmanuel Petit – Works  across many global stations, including ITV, as a pundit.
Ray Parlour – Sunday Times top ten bestseller.
Martin Keown – BBC Match of the Day pundit.
Jens Lehmann – Pundit across very networks including RTL & the BBC. Does a lot of work for The Willow Foundation which was set up by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson.


Anders Limpar – Currently co-owner of Swedish plastic box company Super Lock and he also works as a distributor for nutritional supplement company Kyäni.


David Seaman – Fishing