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Arseblog: Sunday 21st April 2002

April 21st

22.05 – Arsenal 2-0 Ipswich (Ljungberg 2).

A nervy game and once again we didn’t fire on all cylinders, but that spiky haired Swedish genius Freddie Ljungberg scored twice to send us top of the table again. It also means Ipswich have to win their last 3 games to have any chance of surviving, so Liverpool and United can expect tough games against the Tractor Boys.

We really never dominated the game like many people expected. Edu had his poorest game yet, but still showed some nice touches. Not as many touches as Ray Parlour though, who has the ball control of a dead elephant. This Arsenal side has outgrown Ray I think. Any of the Grimandi slaggers care to comment on his lovely pass to Freddie for the 2nd goal? Ashley Cole looked like it was his first game for ages, and overall they looked tired. Lovely to see Tony Adams back, he’s such a leader on the pitch and his experience is going to be vital over the coming games. Hopefully he’ll be fit enough for Wednesday’s game against West Ham.

Some more reaction to the days events here. A word on Freddie though – he must rank as one of Wenger’s best signings for Arsenal. He’s improved every season he’s been at the club, and while most of the plaudits go the way of Henry, Bergkamp, Vieira and Pires, this guy is as vital to the team as any of them. He may not be spectacular, but he’s seriously effective, and 14 goals from midfield this season is testament to his form and consistency.

A R S E B L O G loves Freddie Ljungberg.

09.54 – Ok, let me just clarify something. I didn’t say that Ronaldo was definitely signing for Arsenal, I merely passed on some interesting gossip I had heard. I know it sounds a bit far fetched, but then so did ‘Bergkamp for Arsenal’ all those years ago.

Ipswich today, who are fighting for their lives and have a pretty tough run in with games against Liverpool and Man Utd as well. Sadly, both the scousers and Fergie’s lot won yesterday. I know it keeps the title race interesting for the neutrals, but who gives a rat’s arse about them. I was fervently hoping that both of them would drop points yesterday, but it wasn’t to be. I saw some of the Chelsea v Man Utd game, and the Chelsea players should be ashamed of themselves. A team of crippled, alcoholic, blind schoolgirls would given Utd a better game. Let’s just hope they play like that in the Cup Final though.

Tony Adams says in the News of the World “George Graham drove me to drink”. I understand, selling Anders Limpar and signing Eddie McGoldrick to replace him would drive anyone to drink.

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