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Tuesday, April 25

So, after one of the worst Arsenal games I have ever suffered through, we have done it and reached the Champions League final. After today's game I cant believe we are there but Lehmann produced a miracle and Forlan produced his old Yernited form and some Mexican giant showed the heading prowess of Henry and we sneak through to face probably Barcelona.

On the level of play Arsenal have produced over the last decade under Wenger I can fully say he deserves to finally reach the European pinnacle - United and Liverpool won this tournament and Arsenal deserve to be up there with them and finally win the biggest prize in football. Bring on Barcelona and I am sure all those Tottenham fans will be firmly behind us :)


  • We all will :-)

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 10:59 PM  

  • And yet again, Riquelme is found lacking. Take away that free-kick prowess and he's ordinary. Ordinary enough to be marked out of the game by the awesome presence of Gilbo(?) last week. And ordinary enough not to have the killer instinct to tuck away a penalty(?) that surely would have seen Villareal through.

    If that guy's the heart of the Argie machine, they need a complete bypass by June.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 8:22 AM  

  • He's a bit lazy at times, but he's got plenty of quality. I'm sure Jonno would welcome him at Utd, and if he was providing service for Shrek and Horseface it would be scary.

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 9:48 AM  

  • I have to agree with Steve - felt over the 2 games he was poor, he found time to talk a lot to the media but when his opportunity came, he was found wanting. Of course he doesnt have the greatest team around him right now (Forlan???!). Villarreal werent good yesterday either and I can see why they dont score often. They did however oust Everton, Rangers and United so its nice that they didnt make it a clean sweep. My Argie mate in the office here says Riquelme is fabulous though very slow...

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 10:04 AM  

  • You reckon? You don't think that the attention he'd get from those Jogo-Bonito-istes at Bolton, Brum, Charlton, and their ilk would result in the same anonymous outing that we saw in the first leg at Highbury? Those would just be run-of-the-season Prem games. This was the flippin' semis of the CL, and Villareal's first shot at the final. He couldn't get more involved under those circumstances, so good luck sparking him in January away on a Monday night at St. James Park.

    I'm a staunch Gooner and I'm still shocked that anyone considered world class could be marked entirely out of the game by Gilbo. As for last night, 9 of Villareal were all over us last night. The two absentees were Barbosa in goal and Riquelme in la-la-land.

    I don't doubt that he's had good games in his career and that he's got some moves. But the reported level of his quality is too hyped. If he's the heart of the Yellow submarine and the Argies, a cardiologist needs to be hitting him with the de-fib paddles...repeatedly.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 10:05 AM  

  • He obviously didn't have his two best games against you, but how many times has the great Henry failed to produce on the CL stage in the last few seasons?

    I'm sure he would get plenty of attention form the Premiership duffers, but this would affect any quality player, and I think Henry has fallen victim to this plenty of times and gone missing in action.

    Man marking is hardly a revolutionary tactic, yet its still very effective, but is normally left to lesser teams who feel the need to block certain players out of a game. Obviously, Riquelme isn't lightning quick so he's not going to be skipping away from Gilberto in a situation like this either, but the problem Villereal have is that they haven't got the talent elsewhere on the pitch to take advantage of a midfielder spending all his time marking one man.

    I think you could be eating your words after seeing him this summer, as I think he'll have a very good wc.

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 11:27 AM  

  • Sour grapes by a whinging Mexican trying to get his name in the paper for another day

    By Blogger Chris P, at 12:25 PM  

  • Re: Franco's quote, he thinks God's lazier than Riquelme? No chance.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 2:16 PM  

  • He didn't play against United in either game and I didn't watch either of the Arsenal games so I don't know that much about him.

    I think you both make good points. Fergie has been scarred before by the Argie with the big rep (Veron) who wasn't suited to like in a Premiership midfield. Likewise, United have more attacking quality than Villareal so teams could man-makr him if they like - more room for Giggs, Ronaldo and especially Rooney.

    I don't have a clue if United will go for him but I doubt it. I think there are a couple of years left in Scholes yet and Requelme would probably be more of a Scholes replacement than any kind of a Roy Keane replacement.

    Good point on Henry Ian. He has gone missing an awful lot in the past, even prompting the great Burke to once post that he didn't care if he left not that long ago.

    I am sure he will produce on the big day though....or will he?

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 4:54 PM  

  • Can I just add that Henry reportedly read this blog and couldnt take any Burkey badmouthing and that was what got him to try harder this season!

    To be fair Henry can go missing in big games and I think it was wrong to give him the Captaincy but if we win in Paris I can overlook that :)

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 6:12 PM  

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