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Gunners’ Glory

by | 26th, November 2003

‘THE debate here at Anorak Towers is intense. How long will Jonny Wilkinson occupy a spot on the back page?

Watch out, watch out…

Already, if the Telegraph is any guide, his name is on the slide.

Today he is relegated to playing seconds string to the news that Arsenal have managed to transfer their domestic form into European competition.

Last night the Gunners thrashed Inter Milan 5-1 at the San Siro. Using words like “sensational” and “brilliant”, the paper heaps prise on the Gunners.

Of course, as good as Thierry Henry is, as he showed yesterday, having Jeremy Beadle on your team plane to Italy can only put fire in the lads’ bellies.

The trick is not to get overly aroused. Not to do as the feisty Leeds striker Alan Smith did and toss a bottle into the crowd.

For that act, the Independent reports, young Smith has been charged by the Football Association with improper conduct.

As with football – and Rio Ferdinand is not far from our thoughts – Smith has 17 years in which to appeal, at which juncture he will be handed a nasty slap on the back of the legs and sent away with a flea in his ear.

How Rio must be quaking in his boots as he prepares to play on though the ignominy of a missed drugs test in Manchester United’s Champions’ League match against Greek club Panathinaikos tonight.

While we wonder about the ramifications of a Ferdinand winning goal in the final of Europe’s premier tournament, we are attracted to the sight of the odious piece of work that is Lazio’s Sinisa Mihajlovic.

The Times has heard the defender apologise to his teammates for his sending-off when his team played Chelsea earlier this season.

And then this: “I want to clarify that if I had such a reaction [spitting at Adrian Mutu] it was due to the fact that I was provoked. That is why – just as it occurred with Vieira – I have not apologised to Mutu”.

Bravo! How dare Mutu get his face in the way of Mihajlovic’s spit and play for a side that thrashed Mihajlovic’s own by four goals to nil.

And shame on Patrick Vieira for being black! Thank you, Mihajlovic, for bringing these despicable taunts to light.’

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