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  Wednesday, 19 February, 2003, 03:50 GMT
Gunners wait on Seaman injury
Gilberto goes close for Arsenal in the 1-1 draw with Ajax
Arsenal have yet to win at home in Group B
Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman is doubtful for Saturday's Premiership game at Manchester City after injuring his hip against Ajax in the Champions League.

The England veteran was substituted at the interval and replaced by Stuart Taylor during the 1-1 draw at Highbury.

We are a young team and it is hard to criticise but we can play better, certainly in attack

Ajax coach Ronald Koeman

"David felt his hip at half-time and didn't want to take any chances," said assistant Arsenal coach Pat Rice, standing in for manager Arsene Wenger, who had lost his voice.

"We will have a look at it tomorrow or Thursday but we don't know about Saturday's game against Manchester City yet," added Rice.

Despite the draw - Arsenal's third in a row at home in the competition - Rice remains confident the Londoners will qualify from Group B.

Arsenal, Ajax and Valencia all have five points while Roma are bottom of the group with none.

Ajax will entertain Arsenal next week in the Amsterdam ArenA

"It looks as if Roma may be out of it so the Amsterdam game is going to be very important for us and the whole group," said Arsenal's assistant coach.

"It's going to be interesting over there. We will have to see how they are when they have a go at you.

"Obviously we would like to have seven or eight points at this stage.

"It is still open but we are confident we will go through."

Sylvain Wiltord fired the English champions into a fifth-minute lead but Nigel De Jong equalised in the 17th minute to give Ajax a deserved draw.

"We certainly didn't count on getting a point from both away games at Valencia and Arsenal but we played very well defensively tonight," said Ajax coach Ronald Koeman.

"We are a young team and it is hard to criticise but we can play better, certainly in attack."


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