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  Saturday, 4 May, 2002, 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK
Arsenal's golden oldies

Arsenal's success was built on the backbone of their last double winning side - Tony Adams and David Seaman.

The 35-year-old defender, who is thinking of retiring at the end of the season, would be the first name on my team sheet any day.

He is crazy to think about giving the game up.

He was strong throughout - it was his pressure on Eidur Gudjohnsen that forced the Icelandic striker to give the ball away for the first goal.

Arsenal keeper David Seaman
Seaman gives his defence added confidence
And again he never allowed himself to be pulled out of position, which has been a factor throughout his career for Arsenal and England.

Adams was also able to operate with the confidence that his goalkeeper was never going to make any mistakes.

Although he did not have much to do, Seaman was impressive behind a solid back four.

He only had one save of note to make - from Gudjohnsen - and he coped with it well. He also had no problems dealing with a string of crosses.

Seaman also gives the defence that added confidence. When a team knows that their keeper will never make a mistake they can play their own game.

The Chelsea players must be distraught after losing despite having so much possession.


The Chelsea players must be distraught but to my mind the better side won
Alan Hansen
But to my mind the better side won. As an attacking force Chelsea never got started.

They should have had far more chances considering the number of times they managed to get the ball out wide into a crossing position.

But their final ball was poor. They never looked like they were going to score.

The speed in which Arsenal counter-attacked meant there was always the chance they were going to score.

Ray Parlour's goal was sensational and the second from Freddie Ljungberg was equally as good.

But it was not just about the goal for Parlour. He showed a lot of energy throughout the game and the goal was just the icing on the cake.

Arsenal defender Tony Adams
Adams should rethink his retirement plans
Victory will be especially sweet for Arsenal because they were robbed by Liverpool last year.

But there will be no champagne tonight. They have a big game against Manchester United on Wednesday.

I think they will get the draw they need at Old Trafford.

But the way they are playing, if they lose they will get enough points at the weekend to lift the Premiership and do the double.

Which will be nothing short of what they deserved. They are definitely my team of the season.

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