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Arseblog: Monday 7th April 2003

april 7th

9.26 – So now there’s the best part of a week before we play again. Sheffield United in the semi-final of the FA Cup. In the meantime, Man Utd will take on Real Madrid in the Champions League, hopefully picking up a few injuries, cripplings and maimings along the way.

Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira (who says he wants to stay at Arsenal for life) is still confident of success though, despite the fact that Arsenal only lead by goal difference. More than most teams, I think Arsenal suffer when there is a break for international games. Without trying to go too Leopoldish, Arsenal are a rhythm team – when they feel the beat and get their dancing gear on, there’s nobody can out-groove them. However, international weeks are like the DJ putting on ‘Black Betty’ in the middle of some swinging samba set. It knocks them out of their stride, and they end up moshing strangely around the park. Or something. You know what I mean.

Anyway, Arsene has a week to get the players boogieing (how do you spell that anyway?) again, then it’s slow-slow-quick-quick-slow all the way to May.

It looks like Newcastle’s title challenge is over after a 2-1 loss to Everton yesterday. Looking at this tackle from Everton’s Tomas Gravesen, I wonder how much more we’d be hearing about it if it was an Arsenal player. Let’s just hope the Toon can do us a favour and stuff United, then hopefully we can stuff United, then Real Madrid can stuff United and United can get stuffed in general. Anyone else read that Mike Riley has given 6 penalties to them this season at Old Trafford? Suspect, you have to think.

How was your weekend then?

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