Date: 2nd November 2007 at 9:32am
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Edwin van der Sar admits he is surprised by Arsenal’s run of great form ahead of tomorrow’s much-hyped clash at the Emirates.

Arsenal, having sold overhyped (sorry) Thierry Henry in the summer, were tipped to struggle without the Frenchman. I had questioned their strength in depth but pride myself on the fact I had said they won’t be very much weakened by the departure of the sulking Frenchman.

However, their storming start caught me unawares I admit and our Dutch keeper is feeling the same surprise as I do.

‘It would have been obvious to think they would have a poor season without Henry,’ he told the BBC.

‘But boss Arsene Wenger has an eye for talent. He motivates and educates them.

‘They have done remarkably well and not many would have expected that. Arsenal are playing well and winning.’


And that’s what I think gives reason for optimism, strangely. They’ve been playing too well. They are in great form since virtually the first day of the season (OK, they were in grave trouble against Fulham but since that game they are storming the league). Such a form can’t be sustained in the Premier League, evidence tells us that.

But this hardly matters at the moment. What matters is that tomorrow’s clash will be a huge one. Can’t wait for it.