Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Let's Spike the Gunners

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Let's Spike the Gunners

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Arsenal's big guns will help to create a great atmosphere at the Riverside on Saturday.

These are the games that everybody looks forward to, and I reckon it will be a great match.

Henry, Wiltord, Bergkamp, the names roll off the tongue.

Arsenal have so much quality in all departments, but then we have a habit of giving the big teams a run for their money.

I was asked the other day if there was a chance that Arsenal might be a bit tired after playing two big games against Sheffield United and Manchester United this week.

No way. Big players don't have a problem playing big games.

If Arsenal have to play more than 60 games a season, so what? All players love playing when they are winning.

The only time people complain about playing too many games is when they are losing.

It's all about mental attitude, and Arsenal will come here looking to win the game.

But with eight games unbeaten under our belts, I fancy Boro to push them all the way.

We won't be shackled on Saturday like we were by Manchester City's woeful approach at Maine Road.

Juninho found it hard going in that match, but he'll have more space and time, and the chance to shine against the Gunners.

It will be interesting to see if Steve McClaren makes much in the way of changes.

The team worked hard at Maine Road, but we lacked a cutting edge.

I wasn't surprised to see Joseph Job given the nod again. It keeps him in the shop window.

But I still don't think he is an out-and-out striker and that's why I would like to see Szilard Nemeth given his chance.

It's all right having versatile players, but you need strikers who score goals, and Nemeth did that twice for his country and then scored a superb goal against West Brom.

At the same time I think the City game proved that we still need another goalscorer in the squad.

McClaren has five strikers to choose from, but the squad lacks a clinical finisher and I think the manager will look again for another forward in the summer. …

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