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Arseblog: Tuesday 20th April 2004

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What’s the difference between Arsenal and Tottenham?

No, it’s not a joke, and I’ll ask you to leave aside the fact that we have great players, a great manager, play great football, aren’t on the brink of a relegation battle, set out every season to win something and obviously aren’t complete and utter cunnys like the Spuds.

The thing is that people were saying Arsenal’s season might not be considered a success because we got knocked out of the Champions League and the FA Cup by Chelsea and Man United respectively. Imagine what they’d say about Spurs when their captain Jamie Redknapp illustrates the gulf in class and ambition when talking about Sunday’s match with Arsenal. He says “Maybe stopping them winning the title at White Hart Lane will give something back to our fans for the season we’ve had.”

So the best Spurs can hope for this season is delaying us winning the league for a while. Anyway, in order for us to win the league at WHL, Newcastle have to take points off Chelsea earlier the day. So the best we can hope for is Chelsea to give it loads during their 6-0 defeat to Monaco tonight, be knackered for their game on Sunday and concede a last minute equaliser, while later in the day Arsenal hammer Spurs 5-0 with all the goals coming from Sol Campbell overhead kicks…from inside his own half. Unlikely, but football is a funny game.

It really does speak volumes for how desperate the situation is at Spurs if that’s the best they can do this season though. Not that I mind, of course, especially when you read this interesting piece on Arsenal Land about what winning the title this season means.

In other news Jermaine Pennant is staying at Leeds until the end of the season, while another misfit, Francis Jeffers insists he wants to stay at Everton despite his recent bust-up with David Moyes. Ol’ juggy says “It has been difficult since I came back, but I knew that I wanted to earn a contract and that’s why I came back.”

I suspect actually scoring some goals might be a better way to earn a contract than throwing a girly strop over his manager’s team selection. Hopefully someone will pick him up the summer and we can earn a few quid back on what has to be AW’s biggest ever transfer mistake. There’s a very good interview with Dennis Bergkamp in the Guardian, and that’s about the size of it for this morning.

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