Archive for July 2005

Henry replaces Vieira as captain at Arsenal

July 21st, 2005

Thierry Henry has been chosen to be Arsenal’s new captain, following the departure of Patrick Vieira to Juventus. According to Wenger:

“Dennis maybe now will not play in all the games and I want someone who will be there. It is a good chance for Henry to develop.”

Interestingly there was no mention of Sol Campbell for the position, which tallies with rumours that he is looking for a move away from the club. Full details here at

Patrick Vieira sold to Juventus for €20 million

July 21st, 2005

Patrick Vieira has been sold to Juventus for €20 million. You can read the press release here on

I’m sad to see him go, thought not as gutted as I expected. He’s given a great nine years to the club, and I feel we may have seen the best of him already. I would rather have the money for him instead of having a player that doesn’t want to be at the club.

Of course, speculation will now ensue over who will replace him. There’s been talk of Jermaine Jenas, among others. Wenger’s comments seem to indicate that he’s happy with Fabregas, Flamini and Gilberto. If Pires and Ljungberg sign contract extensions, then there’ll be six midfielders including new signing Hleb. I’m not sure whether Cesc Fabregas can fill the shoes of Patrick Vieira, but perhaps this is a sign of a change in style for Arsenal, with a bit more flexibility coming into the tactics. Only Arsène really knows, and we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks till the start of the season to get an idea how the new Arsenal will shape up without PV4.

Arsenal start pre-season friendlies with a win over Barnet

July 21st, 2005

Arsenal kicked off their pre-season set of friendlies with a 4 – 1 win over Barnet. New signing Hleb opened the scoring after 2 minutes, and this was followed by a Henry penalty, a typical Bergkamp strike, and a fourth by Hoyte. Barnet pulled one back in the second half. A full match report can be found here on

Project Gotham Racing 3 Screenshot

July 1st, 2005

Major Nelson points to this from Bizzare Creations relating to a screenshot they posted of Project Gotham Racing 3 – which will run on the XBox 360. Many people couldn’t believe the image, which can be seen on Major Nelson’s blog. It looks so real, it looks like a photograph! But apparently, it is in fact an in-game image. To prove this, Bizzare show the wireframe version of the same image, and show a second screenshot too.

While this is pretty impressive, these are static images, taken from a game engine still in development. While Bizzare have put a lot of time, resources, and effort into creating these fabulous looking art assets, it remains to be seen how well these can be rendered as you’re driving down those streets at 200 kmh!