Arseblog: Saturday 24th April 2004

april 24th

I do so love working on a Saturday morning. Honestly, there’s nothing better than getting out of bed at the weekend and going to the school to teach two two-hour classes. It’s relaxing, fun, enjoyable and certainly beats a game of golf or playing football or any of those other silly pastimes people fill their weekends with.

Arsene Wenger agrees with me, saying “Working at the weekend is just a load of old cheesey shite really.”

Well, he didn’t say that at all. But he did say something about tomorrow’s game with Spurs. There’s a feeling among many people that Arsenal just have to turn up to win, but the boss is warning against complacency. He says “There is something at stake for both teams. Tottenham are not completely safe although they are 90 percent. But in their mind, they don’t feel safe. It is difficult to predict. Whenever I have been to White Hart Lane it has never been a stroll. They always raise their game really well at White Hart Lane.”

True words. Obviously on current form we’re miles ahead of them, and the fact they’re so far down the table just highlights the gulf between the two teams. But often in derby games this isn’t really a big factor. They’re nearly always tight games, and the only thing Spurs’ can give to their fans this season is a win against Arsenal. They’ll be really up for it. That said, we’ve had 9 days since the last game, the batteries have been recharged, and if all goes well, we could clinch the title at White Hart Lane.

Graham Taylor makes an interesting point about the quality of the Premiership, very much so. James Lawton reaffirms his status as most bitter journo in the land, making stuff up to suit himself as always, while there’s another Indo piece about how consistency in the squad has been good for the Gunners this season. Thierry Henry says Ruud van Nistelrooy’s penalty miss was a definisning moment in Arsenal’s season, while Arsene Wenger says we won’t gloat if we do win the league on Sunday. Could it be Shaun of the Dad, a WWW return to Arsenal?

Check out the audio clip of Ron Atkinson calling Marcel Desailly names.

Anyway, it’s short and sweet this morning. I’m off to have fun at work.

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