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Arseblog: Thursday 5th December 2002

december 5th

08.39 – Yaaaaaaaaawn. Super tired today.

David Seaman is set to have a fitness test today to see if he’ll play against United on Saturday. In the past, most of us would have been hoping he’d pull through, but now….well…it’s all a bit different. Part of me thinks his experience of big games like this is vital. Another part of me thinks he’s always a bit dodgy in his first couple of games back from injury, he’s too old and too slow, and Rami Shaaban has done pretty well so far. What do you reckon folks, Seamo or Shaabo?

Pascal Cygan makes the right noises ahead of the biggest game of his Arsenal career so far. “The game here is also very passionate. You play with your heart and you play for the shirt.” He’s been a bit hit and miss so far, and hasn’t really convinced everyone he’s got what it takes to be a regular in the Arsenal first 11. A good peformance on Saturday, like the ones against Roma or PSV and not like the ones against Blackburn or Southampton, might help. It still won’t alter the suspicion that the rough and tumble of the Premiership is a bit much for him.

United will be out for some measure of revenge for the events back in May when the Gunners clinched the title in their back yard, unfurling the most excellent ‘Champions section’ banner. Old wonky mouth Rio says that hurt the United players. No shit. Anyway, it’s always a titanic game, it’s a shame we’ll miss out on the usual Vieira vs Keane battle in midfield, but I have no doubt Quinton Fortune will do his best to look like a Premiership player.

Myles on ANR does his half-term report on the Arsenal side, and promises some hot gossip, which most disappointingly turns out to be about Les Ferdinand and Wolves. Jesus H. What makes you think we give a rat’s arse about Sp*rs, Les Ferdinand or Wolves, Myles? I’d rather read about Robert Palmer again.

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