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"It was the winter holiday and I was back in Togo having a kickabout with friends when my phone rang.One of the boys answered it and said, 'Manu, it's Arsene for you'. 'Arsene who?' I said. 'Arsene Wenger', he said. 'Get out of it', I said, and grabbed the phone off him. But then I heard the voice. 'Allo'. F*****g hell. It is Arsene Wenger!"
-Emmanuel Adebayor

Arsenal Offer Pires 2-Year Deal, Cole 80K Richer, Jose Salutes Wenger

It appears that one of Thierry's clauses of signing Arsenal's 4-year contract extention worth £130,000-a-week is that Robert Pires be offered a 2-year contract extention. Pires though has mentioned that 3 clubs have offered him 2-year deals including Champions League semi-finalists Villarreal.

In an attempt to stop Ashley Cole from leaving London for Spain, Arsenal have offered Cole a £80,000-a-week. Cole had signed a contract extention last summer but it appears that was just to up his pay to £60,000- a-week. If Cole signs this contract, it would make him Arsenal second highest paid player behind Thierry Henry who pockets more than half a million pounds each month!

Arsene Wenger has said that he intends to add 2 players of 'great calibre' to the club this summer. He said: “Normally we would sign at least one or two players of great calibre,” he said. “It is very difficult but we will try very hard to strengthen the side." The keyword there was normally, so dont mistake 'great calibre' with 'popular'. What Wenger probably meant was he tends to bring more Cesc-like players to Arsenal which I dont have a problem with.

Frank Rijkaard is looking to Barcelona's director of sport Txiki Beguiristain for an explanation why the Catalan club didnt get Thierry Henry to sign with them. "When something like this happens it is Txiki who must respond, I can only talk about people who are already in the dressing room." ,he said. "After Txiki has spoken perhaps I will be able to add something more." ,he added.

Jose Mourinho feels that Arsenal deserve to be European Champions. He said that Wenger deserves to win the title because of the great career he has had as a coach. He made sure that everyone knew that he didnt support Arsenal or Barcelona but said that England should be proud of Arsenal and that he felt sorry for Arsenal at the end of the match. He said: "I think English football can be proud of what Arsenal did in Paris because they played a very good team." He added: "I am not saying I was supporting them but at the end game, I felt sorry for them."

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