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Gunned Down

by | 18th, September 2003

‘LAST night Arsenal were well and truly beaten by Inter Milan in the Champions League by three goals to nil.

Whichever way you look at it, Arsenal were well beaten

It’s caused the Sun to show a picture of a disconsolate Thierry Henry trudging over the turf and to produce the headline “Stun Gun”.

Indeed, the picture seems to say it all, and it says it far better than the club’s manager Arsene Wenger, who is lost for words.

“You have better English than me,” he says to the assembled hacks, “so I trust you to find the words, it’s your job. All I know is, it is just disappointing.”

That the cue for the Star to come up with its word of the day: “STUFFED.”

Of course the season is not over for the Gunners. This was only one game, and with five to go in the Champions League first stage, they can still improve and qualify for the competition’s latter rounds.

Football is all matter of perspective. And Frank Lampard’s has changed a little since he was dropped for Chelsea’s Champions League game earlier this week.

The player had been enthusing about the new life at new Chelsea, making all the right noises about the big squad and the passion to win gongs and pots. But he’s changing his tune.

This prompts the Mirror to say that storm clouds are ahead for the Blues, mentioning how, like Lampard, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is also upset at being left out of the club’s biggest match thus far.

“It hurts,” says Lampard of his demotion. “It’s a new and big thing for me because for the last five years I’ve played week-in and week-out for West Ham and Chelsea. I’m one of those players who wants to play every game.”

And Chelsea want to win them all. And few can argue that Makelele and Veron have more to offer than Lampard.

The Mail keeps its eyes on the same story, saying how the wage bill at Chelsea is now £80million a year (not yet a week) and rising.

It also highlights the plight of Lampard and says how the new recruits will also have a detrimental impact on John Terry as the season progresses.

But few will care so long as the club is wining. In any case, the favourite to be the first man out the door at the Bridge remains Claudio Ranieri.’



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