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The lowdown on Arsenal

Posted on 30 March 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Sorry, it has to be said. Rumours of Arsenal&rsquo&#59;s demise are greatly exaggerated.</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"></SPAN><P>A recent media-driven frenzy would like us to believe that the neighbours are on their uppers, a state of flux from which they are unlikely ever to recover from. The manager is supposedly being tempted anywhere from the Nou Camp to Japan and the Great Wall of Highbury is proving a little tricky to replace.</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"></SPAN><P>Throw in a 6-1 drubbing at Old Trafford and, in tabloid-speak, this adds up to nothing less than crisis.</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"></SPAN><P>How many clubs would love its name to be attached to such turmoil &mdash&#59; second in the Premiership, FA Cup semi-finalists and a Champions League quarter-final to look forward to. Sack the board!</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"></SPAN><P>Make no mistake, beating them in Part One on Saturday would, as always, be a major result &mdash&#59; a fitting end to another David Pleat tenure in the hotseat and provide an ideal setting for the return of you know who…</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"></SPAN><P>But it will be a tough shout, especially given our latest injury bulletin &mdash&#59; Sol-less performances are not often ones to be treasured. Take out Sergei and possibly Stephen Clemence, and eyes begin to cast towards Manchester. But stranger things have happened.</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"></SPAN><P>As Clem himself said this week: "We&rsquo&#59;ve got to concentrate on the league game first &mdash&#59; I&rsquo&#59;m sure everybody will be talking about the Cup game the week after. The main thing is to concentrate on the League game and not think of the semi-final before that."</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"></SPAN><P>Events do stack up quite nicely for Spurs. In fine fettle after two top wins, a certain Mr Hoddle to impress in the stands and, for the following week, the natural reaction that comes with simply having a new man at the wheel.</SPAN><P>Clemence hints that these are occasions when quality comes a poor second to passion, but it&rsquo&#59;s the result that counts.<P>&ldquo&#59;I obviously want to beat them and I know how much it means to everybody involved with the two clubs. I&rsquo&#59;ve played in the games and I know you don&rsquo&#59;t get a second to think about what&rsquo&#59;s going on at the time and you just have to reflect on it after.<P>&ldquo&#59;I know they&rsquo&#59;ll be two games which will be very high tempo and I&rsquo&#59;d imagine that both games will be tight. Hopefully we&rsquo&#59;ll come out the winners.&rdquo&#59;<P>Despite pre-match protestations to the contrary, fans of whichever team loses on Saturday will claim that the game was a mere dress rehearsal before the Main Event &mdash&#59; win and it will be milked for all it&rsquo&#59;s worth.<P>There is little doubt that for Spurs, whatever happens in Part One, it is the sequel that&rsquo&#59;s captured the imagination. It&rsquo&#59;s not often that you look forward to the sequel before seeing the first offering &mdash&#59; but then it&rsquo&#59;s been one those seasons.<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"></SPAN><P><I>By Richard Hubbard</SPAN><P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I>