07 May 2006

Final Prem Matchday: Preview

A busy day today, as every team is playing to finish the season. Unlike last year's relegation thriller, this year most of the key positions have been solidified and most games will lack external drama. The exception of course is the battle between Arsenal and Spurs for fourth.

And Spurs seem to have suffered bizarrely bad luck, as food poisoning has decimated their team. It's unclear who is affected and how much, so we'll just have to watch the match to see how it unfolds. Tottenham face West Ham, who have indicated that they have everything to play for, despite the upcoming FA Cup final next week. Of course this is a London derby and so the fans will be all over it; there's been a real kinship between the Hammers and Gunners this week.

Meanwhile, Arsenal face Wigan in the final match at Highbury. I'll have more to say later in the week about the passing of Highbury. But for now I'm going to concentrate on the game itself. The Arsenal lineup has already been announced:





It's a strong lineup and one fitting the final match at The Home Of Football. Based on the Arsenal TV Online video, it looks like the stands are already full and the players are warming up. Should be a real emotional day, and hopefully the team can live up to their end of the bargain.

It's twenty minutes to game time, and it's time to see what's happening. I'll check in after the matches. But for now... Come on you Hammers! And, of course, COME ON YOU GUNNERS!

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