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Arseblog: Monday 18th March 2002

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18.30 – Robert Pires’ goal against Aston Villa was undoubtedly the goal of the weekend. After investing heavily in state of the art graphics software and all sorts of image manipulation, we are proud to recreate that fabulous moment right here.

14.43 – The injuries continue. This time it’s world renowned centre-half Igors Stepanovs. He’s got a groin problem and will miss the game against Juventus. If this continues we’ll have to drag Stevie Bould out of retirement for the run in. Last time we won against Juventus in Turin the winner was scored by a young substitute called Paul Vaessen. Sadly, it was pretty much all downhill for him from then on. The Observer newspaper in England had a great article about him yesterday. You can read it here.

The one constant in our back four this season though has been Sol Campbell. It took him a while to settle in, but now he’s well and truly established himself in the Arsenal team. As important as Pires, Bergkamp and Henry are up front, Sol is equally important at the back. He’s had to raise his game because he’s playing with better players every week, and playing more important games. A R S E B L O G would like to thank Spurs for being so terribly mediocre that their best player defected our way, and with all sincerity, we hope Glenn Goddle takes you into the Nationwide playing football the Spurs way.

For a Monday afternoon chuckle, here’s some choice quotes from Hoddle, the simple fool:

“75% of what happens to Paul [Gascoigne] in his life is fiction.”

“We didn’t have the run of the mill.”

“With hindsight, it’s easy to look at it with hindsight.”

“Okay, so we lost, but good things can come from it – negative and positive.”

Finally, crazy goings on in the Nationwide this weekend. The match between Sheffield United and West Brom had to be abandoned after Utd went down to 6 men. 3 sent off, and 2 taken off injured – but some of the tackling was mental. You can read more about it here. I remember when I used to play when I was younger, we had a match abandoned because the ref got knocked unconscious after he caught a clearance straight in the nose. His hooter was broken and spread out all over his face in a wash of blood. Oh, how we laughed.

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