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Purple One Digs Great Arse

Purple One Digs Great Arse today runs with a piece with ManUre manager Sir Alex Ferguson praising the way Arsenal have begun the season, highlighting the good mixture of experience and blossoming promise strutting its' stuff down at the Grove.

The Manchester United manager stated:

The title race is still open, but Arsenal have made a great start and you can't deny that.

And in Arsene Wenger they have a manager who has been there before and they also have the players who done it as well. Kolo Toure and Gilberto Silva know how to win the title, so the inexperience of some of their younger players won't be a handicap.

Some of the youngsters haven't experienced it before, but the same could be said of some of our players last year and we led the Premiership for three-quarters of a season.

It's nice to hear such comments coming from the manager of the team who have, until recent seasons, been the club who Arsenal were always involved in bitter and heated title battles with.

Since Arsene began his rebuilding programme a couple of seasons ago, there's been a lack of animosity emanating back and forth between the two clubs, most probably because of the lack of a direct challenge for the title coming from the Arsenal camp, threatening ManUre's challenge for Premier League glory.

Given the start we've made though, if the form and results continue to flow as they have been for the Gooners, I'm certain that in time, the verbal jousting between the two clubs will reappear, as we all know that Fergie loves his mind games, and if The Arsenal maintain their health at the top of the table, the United manager will look to use his mental tactics to disrupt the flow at the club.

If that is to be the case, it'll be a delight to see, as it'll definitely mean we're doing something very right. Here's hoping that the purple one is fuming and foaming at the mouth about Arsenal in a couple of months time, eh?

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Date:Friday October 19 2007
Time: 3:23PM


I have missed the the Arsenal - Man Utd rivalry. It's always a great source of fun & we have enjoed a love hate relationship for many years now. Long may it continue.
19/10/2007 15:31:00
Totally agree. It made the season even more vital, and everyone, Gooners and Mancs alike, always looked forward to what was the most heated fixture of the season... »»Arsene Knows««
19/10/2007 15:51:00
With Jose out of the picture and Rafa an idiot Wenger and Fergie can renew their rivalry again!!!
19/10/2007 16:02:00
Totally agree too. The rivalry has been missing for a while, and we commented on that when ManU played Arsenal last season. The build up to the games were tepid, in comparison to 4 seasons back. I'm not sure if the rivalry will pick up immediately, but needs a season or 2. The relationship between Wenger and SAF, however is 'irreparably damaged' ;). They dont seem to want to play their mind games anymore.
19/10/2007 16:19:00
Love-Hate relationship Rocky? Sorry mate but I missed the love.
Ozi Gooner
19/10/2007 16:44:00
I agree with all of your comments! I can only add that with the 'special one' gone now, we won't wait too long for repetitions of 'Battle at OT', 'Pizzagate', and other lovely on and off the field struggles against the Salfordians. Rafa is too daft of a manager, and Grant is... errrr... ehm... help?
19/10/2007 17:09:00
Nice comments from Ferguson. He should tell his own players to shut up so they don't have to eat their words when we win the league.
19/10/2007 17:44:00
i just hope we get through this injury to Robin with maximum points from all the games, because that will keep the self belief of the team the same as it's been till now. and hope Robin can comeback stronger and remain fit till the end of the season, because in all our title wins under Arsene, we had Henry injury free the entire season, and Bergkamp was also injury free for most of the season in 98, so RVP we need yu back quickly mate..
19/10/2007 18:17:00
I said a couple weeks ago that it'll be hard for the rivalry to match what existed before, because neither team has any players that match the intense, hard nosed personalities of Vieria and Keane. And those battles, along with the other characters (Keown, Ruud, etc), combined with the managerial spat, really took that rivalry to ridiciulous heights. Frankly I'd be fine seeing these two great clubs simply go at it playing attractive football for the next few years, with more plesantries then cheapshots between the sage masters. It'd be a different thing to see, but in it's own way every bit as interesting...not to mention being the best possible advert for how beautiful the EPL game can be.
19/10/2007 18:54:00
Happy to have the title without the drama.
20/10/2007 02:44:00
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