Despite a fierce love of Arsenal, I am first and foremost a football supporter.
With two superb Champions League semi-finals on the agenda, that means I’m looking forward to a superb week of football.
There is something to like about all the teams remaining in the tournament and to be perfectly honest, I’d be happy to see any one of the four of them lift the trophy.
Barcelona because they are the best team in the world and deserve to be remembered as one of the greatest of all time.
Internazionale because they are lead by one of the true entertainers in the sport in Jose Mourinho and have the technical brilliance of Wesley Sneijder within their ranks.
Lyon because they are one of the best-run clubs in Europe, a superb example of how success can be achieved with a patient approach and with the right people.
Bayern Munich because they knocked Manchester United out and possess two of the best genuine wingers in the game in Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
It will be refreshing to watch both games this week as a neutral, not having to worry about the results influencing Arsenal or cheering against one team over another because they are so repulsive. I will be able to watch this games with a clear mind, able to enjoy the technical and tactical skills of the teams on display.
One player who will draw my attention more than most is Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. I have been following his progress since France’s World Cup play-off against Ireland and he has impressed me as a brave, decisive goalkeeper capable of making match-winning interventions.
Arsenal’s goalkeeper problems have been evident this season and I believe this is one area of the pitch that will see changes made. I believe Lloris is a strong candidate to fill that role next season and I am excited to see how he performs on the grand stage that is a Champions League semi-final.
Despite Arsenal’s absence from the final stages of this tournament I’m going to enjoy the football this week.
I suggest you do too.
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