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Rooney Against Campbell - Oh, The Memories!

Wayne Rooney will, in all probability, be up against Sol Campbell on Sunday as Thomas Vermaelen has suffered an injury at Villa Park that looks certain to keep him out of the game against the reigning Champions.

Though Wenger stressed how confident he was in Campbell's ability to handle Rooney I doubt there is a single United fan who does not relish the prospect of our in-form man taking on the 35-year-old defender. And of course it will evoke wonderful memories.

That famous game on 24th October 2004 was spiteful, dirty and bone-crunching - I loved it. Yes, I did even though for long spells it seemed that nobody is even bothering with the ball, yes, not even Arsenal. And you know why I loved it?

That Arsenal team, that supposedly invincible band was quite good, I'll admit any time. But they were also a despicable bunch of hypocrites, constantly moaning about getting kicked off the park which was rich coming from a team employing the likes of Lauren, Vieira, Parlour, Keown and yes, Campbell. They were arrogant, they were cheats, they were dirty, they were hateful.

And that's why it felt so good to win that game, to end their famous unbeaten run, especially that it came about in such controversial circumstances and all the nasty challenges put in by both sides. Of course in the media there was little or no mention of all the dirty fouls on Ronaldo, Giggs and co. yet there was widespread sympathy for Reyes who was handled quite roughly by the Nevilles.

And there was the Rooney dive, of course, about which they've been complaining for a long, long time, conveniently forgetting that they wouldn't have been unbeaten but for a risible Pires dive against Portsmouth. But that's the kind of team they were: whining hypocrites. Seeing Rooney against Campbell will evoke memories of that afternoon's blood and thunder amid the current watered-down rivalry - and we will relish these memories.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 30 2010

Time: 12:31PM

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I've got news for you Zae, they still whine. It filters down from the management to the supporters. Looking forward to Rooney giving Campbell the runaround.
hodfoundgodwithapass
Aren't you a hypocrite too? Accusing Arsenal of being cheats, while admitting Rooney dived? I've always found it supremely hypocritical of you lot - bellowing at us for "always cheating", while cheering on the thuggish Neville and the master diver Ronaldo. Every team has players that go down. Every one. Ginola, Owen, Pires, Gerrard, Rooney, I've seen them all dive. Any fan who calls an entire club "cheats" while ignoring their own is a parochial fool.
Dano1
This is one area where we could inflict a lot of damage on arsenal.Hopefully we will take advantage of it.
Antriksh (abmtd)
Fair point Dano. It is fair to say though that that team in particular was a horrible lot, i really did hate you then and it wasnt because you were the best (which you were) it was the attitude/petulance and whining that was everywhere with it, very similar to but worse than Mourinho's Chelsea. I can actually stomach you guys these days although Mr Wenger does still chap my asshole.
HuddersfieldYiddo
By writing what you've written, you've made it so you have no right to ever complain about a dive again.
Aamir
I dont know a professional football who has not dived or faked a foul or even knowingly used his hand to control a ball (yes Thierry - it iz u) to help his team get a goal, break up the play, or anything else in a football match.
Ronaldo was notorious for it, and this cost us dearly at times, as when he was fouled he often didnt get the foul or was penalised for it!
niteworlok
Today wasnt Sol v Roo - was a fantastic Utd performance and we totally dominated this match - Gooners were not poor but were still totally outclassed............
niteworlok
Is it just the big 2 now?
hodfoundgodwithapass
 

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