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by | 23rd, September 2003

‘ANY team that takes so many early baths – 52 under Arsene Wenger’s administration at the last count – cannot be dirty.

‘A monkey’s head, eh?’

That’s the conclusion of this column, and it’s one we are sticking to. Despite much evidence to the contrary.

The rumblings after Sunday’s match between Manchester United and Arsenal fill a large section of the sports pages. All have a take on the events at Old Trafford, with the Telegraph donating a two-page special to matters tribal.

The long and short of things is that Arsenal look set to be punished by the FA. Given that they have been punished before, the Gunners will take their medicine with masochistic glee.

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger runs the motto at Arsenal these days.

However, judging by the team’s reaction to Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s petulance, a swift chopping of the Dutchman’s head would make Lauren, Keown, Cole, Vieira and Parlour happy lads.

But while Arsenal rock and rumble, Tottenham fall to bits. What is it about Spurs that, even when their big local rivals are in the mire, they up the stakes?

Arsenal explode and Tottenham self-destruct.

The Independent hears words from Glenn Hoddle, former Messiah of the Lane, the man who was supposed to give the Spurs fans their Tottenham back.

He expresses his “shock and disappointment” at losing his job. Note his lack of both feelings in his inability to mould a winning team. Just his shock at being sacked.

The feeling is very much that the great ego that is Hoddle will find others to blame for his demise. After all, he can do no wrong.

He does, though, praise his “great squad”, the one he has built, and say that the “turning point” will come very soon.

And when it does, should it be tomorrow or ten years from now, Hoddle will the first to pat himself on the back for a job well done.

Beyond football, over in the Guardian, Great Britain are seen losing to Morocco in the Davis Cup. Greg Rusedski lost to Hicham Arazi and, with that defeat, Team GB are “doomed” to the Euro-African zone until at least 2005.

Around the time Arsenal will be allowed to play football again…’

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