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All Things Footie | Thursday, December 6 | Jordan

About Arsène Time

Surely to co-incide with one of Arsenal's finest European performances M Wenger has finally signed an extension to his contract, keeping him at the club until 2005 when the new stadium should be opening.

Notable performaces on tueday night came from just about everyone playing (in a red shirt anyway) and Alessandro Del Piero reminded everyone just how good he is.

Ashley Cole put in a fine performance and surely convinced the watching Sven Goran Eriksson that there is only one choice fro England's left back position. Patrick Vieira was magnificent in midfield as was Ray Parlour keeping some big and immpressive reputations at bay (just exactly who is Edgar Davids?). There's no need to say anything about Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires was equally forceful and dangerous on the left.

Stuart Taylor handled himself magnificently, making at least two crucial saves and was desperately unlucky to have a last ditch clearance (by Sol Campbell) rebound off him into his own net. Campbell and the young Matthew Upson are forming a solid partnership and the only weak defensive link seems to be Lauren. He looked every bit the midfielder as he was skinned repeatedly by Del Piero and at the other end danced past three defenders to set up Arsenal's first goal. Problem area, bring back Lee Dixon.

Last night Manchester United executed probably the easiest win they'll have all season. Boavista lay somewhere between terrible and shocking—looking only marginally more threatening than a tranquilised beagle. One important goal by December, not a bad return on £19m eh Alex?

Some credence has to be given to reports that Liverpool bored Roma to death but you have to concede it was a good result. From what I saw of the game, Jerzy Dudek kept the reds in it and Roma were just not effective enough to break down his defence.

I've been meaning to plug them for a while but if you do anything on the internet now, visit danger here one of the funniest football sites I've ever had the joy to read. The Ron-glish section is hilarious, visit—you'll see.

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