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Wednesday, 28 February, 2001, 15:56 GMT
Upson in Palace move
Matthew Upson (l) and Stefan Malz
Upson (l) has had few first-team opportunities
Crystal Palace have signed England Under-21 defender Matthew Upson from Arsenal on loan.

Palace boss Alan Smith moved in after Upson complained about his lack of first team opportunities at Highbury.

Upson, once viewed as the long-term replacement for Tony Adams, was Arsene Wenger's first English signing for the Gunners.

But the former Luton player admitted he was "extremely frustrated" at the lack of senior opportunities.


I don't feel I've had a consistent run of games to show that I'm good enough
  Matthew Upson

"I am not even getting a sniff," he said after playing for England under-21s against Spain this week.

"I've got into the mould of not expecting to play, which might not be a good thing.

"I don't feel I've had a consistent run of games to show that I'm good enough.

"You are going to make mistakes as Tony Adams did when he first came into the side."

Upson added: "I think it's great what's happened to Ashley Cole. He's great. I wish him all the best.

"But I feel as if I have been waiting in a queue at Arsenal for three-and-a-half years, and he has come to the front and just nipped in."

Upson has spent plenty of time second-guessing what Wenger makes of him, but he has not come up with any firm conclusions yet.

"I don't think he doesn't fancy me as a player," he said. "I think I'm his only English signing.

"Doubts do start to creep into your mind, and then he'll speak to you and say you are still in his plans.

"I'm 22 in April and all through my time as a YTS player I thought I'd be playing in the first team at 21.

"I haven't reached that target. You are not going to wait forever."

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