Date: 18th January 2007 at 3:01pm
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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!