Friday, May 19, 2006


There we go then. Eventually one of the best teams in the world beat our ten man side with 9 minutes to go. It was proper old school Arsenal balls to the walls stuff. I am obviously gutted, but the performance and the grit were things we can be proud of. If it took a very bad referee plus Barcalona to stop us, then we have nothing to be ashamed of. I saw a Manc in a pub afterwards and he had this big grin on his face when he saw me. As I said in the preview, I simply asked him how United got along in the Champions League knock out stages. Oh, hang on, they couldnt make it out of a group as easy as ours. He said nothing and by the time I turned around after getting a beer in, he had run away. Idiot.

So, lets be proud of what we achieved for so long in adversity and those circumstances, yeah we can regret it, and its hard to argue with the sending off once the ref had blown the whistle, but imagine how the experience is going to make our players bond and believe and grow. This team needed a game of balls to the walls fighting to forge a real togetherness, and although it wouldve been better had that togetherness be formed in victory. We still have it, and lets see where its gonna take us next season.

Well done boys, an amazing European campaign.

Will update the site later today after (hopefully) a rather famous Frenchman has scribbled on a bit of paper for us!


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