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Arseblog: Saturday 11th May 2002

may 11th

21.25 – Arsenal 4 – 3 Everton (Bergkamp, Henry (2), Jeffers).

A party atmosphere at THOF, and a well deserved victory for the final game of the season. What was especially nice was that Stepanovs waited till after we’d won the league to have one of those horrible games we all know he’s capable of. Nice one Igors.

Thierry Henry won the golden boot – his two goals today gave him a total of 24 in the Premiership and that makes him the top scorer. Well done as well to Lee Dixon and Gilles Grimandi who played their last ever games for the club today. LD2 in particular looked very emotional at the end. Allez Gilles, good luck wherever you go. If you end up in Spain, drop me a line, I’ll show this place that does great squid ;o)

Classic moment of the day was after the entire squad had received their winners medals, and Robert Pires went up to collect his. All the players did the ‘We’re not worthy’ thing from Wayne’s World. A lovely touch.

Double winners, Henry wins the golden boot, 13 consecutive wins (a new record), no losses away from home all season, 3 goalkeepers winning championship medals – it’s been a great season to be an Arsenal fan. Those who’ve joined me on A R S E B L O G since February, thanks for the company. Let’s hope it’s as good next season too.

Now, we’ve just got transfer speculation and the World Cup to keep us busy for the summer. I think we’ll do all right, eh?!

09.45 – So today is the last game of the season, Arsenal fans. And there’s going to be a party atmosphere at Highbury when the Premiership trophy is presented.

It’s also going to be Lee Dixon’s last game for the club. After 14 years, he’s decided to hang up his boots, and take life easy from now on. Gilles Grimandi plays his last game as well, so A R S E B L O G would like to thank both players for their contribution to the club and wish them all the best for the future. It’s just a shame David Ginola isn’t still playing for Everton, I’m sure Dicko would love to spend his last game kicking his arch-nemesis up in the air one last time.

Freddie Ljungberg has insisted that he’s staying with Arsenal, despite plenty of interest from clubs in Italy and Spain. Freddie’s a gooner, they have no chance.

Stuart Taylor is on 9 league appearances so expect him to take part in today’s game at some stage. Everton have an outside chance of an Inter Toto cup place, so they won’t be there just to make up the numbers, while Arsenal will want to finish the season with a win. The game is live on Sky Sports this afternoon. If you’re going today, enjoy the party.

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