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Alan Hansen remembers to forget Liverpool and that Arsenal curse

by | 15th, May 2012

ALAN Hansen earns £40,000 a week to tell Match of the Day viewers that Arsenal can’t defend and Manchester United are a decent bet for the title whilst using a graphics package to track players about to score. Last Sunday night, we tuned in to see Manchester City clinch the Premier League title in a spellbinding thriller. The Premier League is not the best in the world (Italy is). It is not the most skilful (Spain). It is not the most watched (Germany). But it is the most exciting. City’s win was epic. What the show’s host, Gary Lineker, wanted to know was where City’s victory stood in history.

Gary Lineker asked Hansen: “Have you ever, in your life, seen anything like that?”

Hansen replied: “No.”

No? Never?

Can the sober, low-key BBC have adopted the Sky’s mantra that football was born when Sky began broadcasting games 20 years ago?

It is every Arsenal fan’s burden that when the Gunners won the title with pretty much the last kick of the season in 1989, the match was broadcast on ITV . (The big plus side of that was that tapes of the game feature not the hideous drawl of the dire Brian Motson, but the words of Brain Moore, the great football commentator.) ITV only held exclusive right to live top flight English football between 1988 and 1992. It was a

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