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DREAM FOR DAWS

Posted on 20 April 2006  - 12:00

Michael Dawson said it wasn't that long ago when he would only have been able to dream of the prospect of playing in a match like the one looming on Saturday.

Michael Dawson said it wasn't that long ago when he would only have been able to dream of the prospect of playing in a match like the one looming on Saturday.

The battle for fourth place is on, it is the final North London derby of the season and the last one to be staged at Highbury before Arsenal move to their new home at the Emirates Stadium.

Michael acknowledges the magnitude of the fixture is far removed from the struggles he endured last season while still at Nottingham Forest, with his first club eventually relegated from the Championship.

Mere mention of the game brought a grin to his features...

"It has yes, before I came I could only dream of playing in games like this of such importance," he reflected. "If we can go there and get three points it would be amazing.

"We know what it means to the whole club and the supporters, so we will be going there to give our all and hopefully come away with the points.

"When they came down here we showed what we can do and now we've got to go and do it at their place."

Meanwhile, after once again being unfortunate not to find the net on Monday against Manchester United on his return from suspension, Michael suspects his productivity will begin to tick along nicely - if only he can get off the mark.

"I think when I get one I might go on and get a few. I got a few at Forest in my time there and I am just praying I get one this season. Saturday would be a great time to start and then go on from there.

"My job is to keep them out but it would be great to help the boys at the other end by getting a few goals. On Monday I had a few chances and was disappointed not to see one of them hit the back of the net."