Thierry Henry has finally become a European champion and I couldn’t be happier. Well, maybe if he’d won it with Arsenal but what can you do?
Henry and his Barcelona buddies tore Manchester United apart in a comprehensive 2-0 win that completed this first treble in Spanish football history. Although he failed to score a goal, Henry played his along with fellow Arsenal old boy Sylvinho while Mr I-Couldn’t-Even-Make-The-Squad-Ahead-Of-Randoms-Like-Pedro-Rodríguez, Alex Hleb, watched on from the sidelines.
Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta were the stars of the show as Barcelona effectively did what United did to us in the semi-final. They were a joy to watch throughout the 90 minutes, beautiful on the ball and hard-working off it – who says they can’t defend? – in a performance as complete as the 6-2 win they achieved at Real Madrid. To keep United scoreless in a Champions League final was pretty impressive although I think Alex Ferguson will look back on his decision to play Cristiano Ronaldo up front on his own and leave out Carlos Tevez and Dimitar Berbatov, two players who have the class to unlock teams on the European stage. As it was, Ronaldo was delightfully abject, Wayne Rooney anonymous and the United defence was made to look very ordinary by Barcelona’s pacey and skilled attack.
I should hate Barcelona for beating us in the 2006 final but I just don’t. Any team that plays beautiful football and can still win trophies deserves all the credit in the world in my books. For me football is about more than just winning and although I am and always will be an Arsenal man through and through, I can always appreciate it when other clubs stay true to the beautiful game. Excellent stuff.
Moving on and there’s not a whole lot of Arsenal news floating around at the moment. Apparently we signed a couple of 15-year-olds and the official Arsenal website has started Player of the Season voting but apart from that there’s nothing much.
I’ve mentioned all week that I’m currently running the first ever Arsenal FC Blog Survey and I’m going to remind you of that again today. There’s some lovely Arsenal books to be won and the opportunity to have your say on the first ever Arsenal FC Blog Seasonal Awards as well as a host of other Arsenal-related issues, so click this link to have your say. It will literally only take about 5 minutes and it will close tomorrow at midnight so get in soon.
Anyway, that’s it. Friday tomorrow and the end of another week. I’m looking forward to it.
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