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Wolves Creche To Defeat

by | 3rd, December 2003

‘THE papers hail a new hero. Last night, Arsenal’s reserves beat Wolves by fives goals to one to progress to the last eight of the Carling/Worthington/Littlewoods/Rumbelows/Anorak Cup (delete as applicable).

Some of Arsenal’s side hadn’t yet learnt to count to five”

And the boy who scored two of the Gunners’ goals, including one after a Thierry Henry-style run from the halfway line, is Jeremie Aliadiere.

It’s a name seemingly well suited to a terrace chant and also to the Sun’s headline: “Diere hunter.”

That’s a nice pun, but should the young French blade go on to fulfil much early promise, the paper may regret peaking so early.

As might Chelsea, if the surly Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is to believed.

With Arsenal’s starting XI now made up of youngsters, including, the 16-year-old boy wonder Francesc Fabregas – scorer of Arsenal’s fifth last night – Alex Ferguson cannot attack the north London side for fear of being pulled up on a charge of child abuse.

Instead he just snipes at Chelsea’s legion of men.

“It’s not a bad thing them being top,” says Ferguson. “Expectation is always a big thing.”

Indeed it is. Such as the expectation that United would get something out of the weekend’s game at Stamford Bridge and not lose.

What is clear is that Fergie is rattled by the Blues’ challenge, just as he has in the past been antagonised by Arsenal and Leeds.

These days Leeds are far removed from the powerhouse of a few years back. Indeed, they could be far removed in spirit too should Sheik Abdul bin Mubarak al Khalifa buy the club.

The pitch will remain in Yorkshire but the brains behind the operation will move to the sunny Middle East.

The sticking point to the takeover is the fee. The Mail says that the bond holders at Leeds are only likely to be satisfied by a bid in the region of £50-£60 million.

A small amount when you consider that if the sheikh is successful his name will appear on many shirts – and at a fiver per letter, Leeds may well rise from the ashes…’

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