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Sir Alex Won't Miss Highbury!

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has stoked the fire - as if it needs stoking - claiming that he will be 'interested' to see if Arsenal can fill their 60 000 seater new Emirates stadium if they hit 'bad spell'.

Sir Alex turned up the heat in the constant war of words with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger by saying:

"I won`t miss Highbury. I think it was a run-down stadium. The pitch was too small for top-class football teams and I think it helped Arsenal in Europe in particular.'

'Moving to a better stadium will help them in the sense that the games will be better and there will be more room to play. It will be interesting to see what happens when they hit a little bit of a bad spell, whether they`ll still be able to get 60,000 through the gates.'

That will go down well with the Gooners.

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Writer: Cantona Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 5 2006

Time: 3:01PM

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Bit sad for you lot that ferguson is worrying about arsenal. There are not many (if any) arsenal fans that honestly believe we can win the title this season or for the forseeable future, so for alex to be concentrating on trying to wind wenger up suggests he has already settled for a fight for 2nd, 3rd or maybe even 4th.
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05/08/2006 15:15:00

arsenal have 1 style to play and man utd no a how to play against that and a bigger pitch will make arsenal play even poorer
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05/08/2006 15:20:00

"arsenal have 1 style to play and man utd no a how to play against that and a bigger pitch will make arsenal play even poorer" Carrickisours - you're SOME writer. With this intellectual insight not only do you rival the brains of the gypsie you named yourself after, but deserve a spot on The Times sports journalism board.
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05/08/2006 15:28:00

Interesting comment Fergie, but as usual when looking through red specs you tell half the truth. Yes Highbury was an old stadium but in great condition. The small pich has been there for 90 years, so even you had time to get used to it, and in fact it seemed to suit many other teams more than AFC. The most stupid element of your statement "to small for top class football teams". Well mate, for the past 7/8 years,Arsenal have been recognised as playing the most attractive football in Europe, and nearly every European super team has loved playing on our surface + pitch. You spoil yourself by showing no grace ever, and every sentence you utter comes out like from a spoilt kid. This I presume is because it was AFC who stopped you buying the league every year. As for getting 60,000 through the gates during a bad spell, well we have had plenty of bad spells in the past 9 years and always sold out our 38,000 and had people queing for seats. We will have to wait & see sunshine, but I advise you to lighten up, and smell the change thats coming yourway. I want AFC to continue to set standards that Man U can only aspire to, and because we have never been able to spend over 13 mill on one player, we will keep bringing in unknowns to blossom into superstars. So you keep on showing your fear, and Arsene will keep showing you & your club up for what you are ie; Bullies who see the writing on the wall !
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05/08/2006 16:45:00

sounds like envy to me... arsenal players love space. how idiotic do you think wenger would be not to adjust our strategies to our new stadium.
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05/08/2006 23:38:00

love space oh thats y u got destroyed at old trafford last season when u had loads of space
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06/08/2006 16:17:00

what is fergies problem with arsenal and us (liverpool) and just about every other team that united dont have a perfect record against?
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