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The Myth Of 12 Points

The Myth Of 12 Points

The Gunners Brazilian captain claimed they could defeat us on Sunday and then they'd be in with a chance to win the title.

He's suspended, due to the red card he received against Blackburn but confident his team-mates will overcome United. That's all right, proper confidence is required.

'We need to take it step by step. To change our situation we have to win all 15 games we have remaining,' Gilberto said in the Daily Star newspaper.

'Sunday will be very important for us. If we win, who knows what might happen? Maybe they could slip up, like we did in the 2002/03 season.

That's all right. I'm even inclined to believe they could win all their remaining matches (I'm in a generous mood). But here comes what I want to talk about.

'We were 12 points ahead and then we dropped point after point and they caught up with us and won the league.'

This alleged 12-point advantage they held over us continues to baffle me. First, I believed only he got it wrong. That's forgiveable, a player does a press conference or an interview without statistical research before it. But other sources also claim Arsenal had 10, 11, 12 points advantage in that season and I even read 14 in a summary of that campaign.

Well, unlike footballers, I did some statistical research and they proved my memory right. Arsenal's biggest lead over us was 10 points on November 16, 2002. They beat Tottenham 3-0 on that day to go 10 points clear but we reduced their lead to 9 with a draw at West Ham on the following day.

So anyone who could tell me what's the basis of this story about their 12-point lead, please do so!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday January 18 2007
Time: 3:00PM


You need to get out more mate - 10 points, 12 points who cares? I'd be more worried about what happens if Ronaldo get's injured or scholes loses a bit of form than whether Gilbert O'Sulivan's statement of intent contained absolute fact or not!
18/01/2007 16:00:00
we have rested ronaldo and scholes this season and played just fine so i dont know what your on about. and as for arsenal catching up its just a dream they have no chance. they wouldnt even be able to catch chelsea
18/01/2007 16:13:00
And what would happen if Essien got injured or Drogba lost his form? Just does not make sense to talk about these things... And if you would have read the article, you wouldn't say it's about Silva's statements. I checked wikipedia and this legend is there, too: they also claim Arsenal led by 12 points. Of course, anyone can edit that site...
18/01/2007 16:25:00
i hope to see you guys come back to vital arsenal on sunday after we beat you, you accuse us of being arrogant and talking crap, you're no better..
19/01/2007 05:41:00
Don't take Arsenal too lightly. They could beat you on their day... if that happens then it really will be an anxious next few months.
19/01/2007 14:19:00
luckys you wont be winning on sunday but i wonder whether you will come here trying to make excuses
19/01/2007 14:49:00
Don't be too sure about that. And in the meantime, it appears Rooney has of late abdicated his heavenly duties, I'd say!
19/01/2007 16:05:00
haha you said the same thing when we came to OT and you were left with egg on your face and i'm sure it doesen't feel so good, and it can easily happen again, so dun be so sure..
19/01/2007 17:27:00
Are you due a run of bad luck? a few Injuries? I dont think its over just yet.
19/01/2007 19:31:00
Who said it's over? Who said Arsenal can't beat us? I don't know why some people say the things they say. We think Arsenal won't beat us but of course it can happen. As for Arsenal catching us at the table - God, even they can't think that seriously. Injuries: we had injuries. Park, Solskjaer, Giggs, Vidic, Heinze, Evra, Brown and Gary Neville all missed some games and there was the suspension of Scholes and Rooney.
20/01/2007 09:53:00
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