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Les Champions

by | 26th, April 2004

‘ARSENAL duly won the Premiership title at the home of their north London rivals yesterday with four games to go and with a zero in their losses column.

‘Are you watching, Tottenham?’

But somehow the inevitability of the Gunners’ triumph, combined with a lacklustre display in the second-half, took a bit of the gloss of the occasion.

The game itself ended 2-2, although Spurs had a complacent opposition and Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann to thank for their point.

The Sun celebrates Arsenal’s achievement on its back page, but inside brands the German a “loony” for conceding a late penalty that allowed Spurs to equalise.

The other papers all echo Spurs’ manager David Pleat assessment that Arsenal are “the worthiest champions for some time”.

However, the Mail’s Jeff Powell wonders aloud whether the French influence at Highbury is good for the English game or, more specifically, the England team.

Most people would concede that the standard of football in the Premiership has risen markedly with the recent influx of foreigners over the past few years.

And there has been a consequent upsurge in the quality of the England team as a result.

But Powell will never be truly happy until England win the World Cup again under an English manager with a team drawn from a wholly English

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