Congratulations Thierry…

Evening All,

I’d like to extend my sincere congratulations to a certain Mr. Thierry Henry. A wonderful player, a wonderful individual, a loyal servant to Arsenal for many years. A player who holds the all time goal scoring record for us and a player who’s given us many years of joy.

So today, as a Gooner, it makes me proud to see Thierry Henry finally lift the trophy that he has deserved for so long. The main reason he left Arsenal was to win this competition and he’s done just that.

Congratulations Thierry!

  • Cappz

    Totally agree – his footballing life is now complete – congratulations Thierry!

  • ArseFan101

    United were totally outplayed. Barcelona deserved to win and literally disposed of United. Messi was very good, but Xavi and Iniesta were sooo good and of course, you could see how much Eto’o's goal meant to him!

    Anyway, congrats to Mr Henry, well done!

  • Debs

    Yeah, well done Henry, well done Barca!

  • Fo

    What a game and what a result! So happy :-)

  • Debs

    And good to see Barca do to Man U exactly what they did to us in the semis- goal(s) out of the blue after 10mins! It all goes round, don’t it? lol

  • Pete

    GLORY GLORY BARCELONA!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D

  • Pete

    Three ex-gunners, Henry, Sylvino and Hleb, and of course Kolo’s little brother Yaya Toure! Well done lads!!!

  • http://kierandelaney.net/ kierandelaney.net/blog

    Gosh, what a tactical clusterfuck by Alex Ferguson?!

    Barca were far better on the night. I wonder if United fans will be wanting Ferguson sacked after that shambles? I mean, Arsenal fans were quick to judge after the semi against Chelsea. I expect not though, as much as I hate United the fans stick by the team thick and thin.

  • Pete

    United kind of repeated our performance in the second leg of the semis: look very convincing for the first 10 mins, concede a goal and its a downward spiral from there.

  • Berth

    First came aggression which was later relegated to the background by a well organized midfield that looked slow but very efficient – am so sorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry United; qua-triple my a**. Iniesta, Iniesta, Iniesta, Messsssssssssssssssssssi, Etooooooooooooooo, Xaviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii and thierryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy God bless you all for making my day. Man u should go to hell.

  • Pete

    Does anyone else think Barca v United game was like “men against babies”??? :-P

  • Cappz

    LOL Pete – indeed it was!

  • Pete

    In fairness, I do quite like a few of the United players (namely Rio, Vidic, Rooney, Scholes and Giggs), so don’t want to rub salt into the wound too much. But Evra is a right tit!

  • United4Eva

    Totally biased opinion on this blog – we weren’t that bad at all, in fact, the problem with the game tonight was that the ref was in barcelona’s pocket and stopped us from playing. Would have preferred Tevez to start today as Park was anonymous but at least we made 4 finals winning 3 of them! Unlike you boys!!

  • Pete

    Just realised how gutted Chelsea must be feeling to see Barca win too :D

  • Berth

    LOL Pete – Evra !!! Today I saw an invention to football; chipping a pass to open space – Iniesta just killed me; But then I resurrected to watch Man U messed up. I never believed I could get satisfaction like this – am soooooooooooooo glad Man U lost like babies!!!

  • Fo

    United4Eva – So why exactly are you reading a blog all about Arsenal…???

    Pete – I know, this win has a double edge sword – one in United and the other in Chelsea!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Hahahahahahahaa get in just come back from a pub full of united fans crying in their beers…sweet. They got totally outplayed on midfield especially and the multimillion pound exSp*rs player could do nothing. Woo hoo

  • Pete

    Right, of course! As opposed to the ref being in Uniteds pocket you mean lol :D

    The fact is United were outplayed for most of the game, even the players and Fergie had the decency to admit it in the interviews afterwards. Also Park was one of the few United players who actually threatened to score in the game.

    This is an Arsenal blog btw, and 3 ex-Arsenal players were in the Barca squad tonight, so thats not really biased is it! Enoy the runners up medals mate! :D

  • Pete

    *YOU LOST IN ROME, AND THATS A FACT! YOU LOST IN ROME, AND THATS A FACT!* :D :D :D

  • Pete

    (last sing-song, I promise lol)

    *GLORY GLORY BARCELONA!!!! GLORY GLORY BARCELONA!!!*
    :D :D :D

  • Cappz

    Time to go to sleep me thinks!

  • jeffvip

    Agreed to everybody. It is certainly feel as enjoyable as Arsenal beating Man Utd… The playing style of Arsenal and Barca is exactly the same. Hail the attacking football style forever…

  • Berth

    I have a case about how Barca played yesterday with Iniesta – was that not exactly how our last season was, with Hleb, Flamini, Rosicky and Cesc ; In my own our play was as efficient as theirs yesterday. But the truth remains why can’t we play the same way with Nasiri, Cesc, Rosicky and Arshavin next season – a food for thought mates.

    But of course the fluidity of that style of play ( slow and steady) can only be fruitful if you have a good strike force that can enter positions intelligently – Ade??? – then you are not suppose to have an individual like Diaby who has a lousy football control. Next season looks brighter with Arshavin and the anticipated new Flamini (Cana) – hope so mates.

  • Berth

    People are already comparing xavi and iniesta as better players than Cesc- Its quiet funny though but what I do know is that no one has better pass accuracy than Cesc + age; Cesc is 22, Iniesta 25 and Xavi 29.

  • zohaib

    Actually Berth, if you compare Cesc, Xavi and Iniesta on recent form, Xavi and Iniesta both eclipse Cesc. Since his injury he’s played a few too many wayward passes. Very unlike him. But even when he’s at 100%, it’s hard to say who’s better. Personally, I think Xavi and Iniesta are slightly better. But you’ve also got to understand that they play in a different formation to us and they have 2 playmaking midfielders, where we have only Cesc. Then we don’t have a proper DM or CM next to Cesc, and Barca do. It’s a bit harsh to compare them, but it’d be easier if you could fit Cesc in the Barca team and then see how he plays. I also think he lacks a bit defensively. I remember he’s made some good tackles in the past and won back posession, but he isn’t as quick as Iniesta. Where Iniesta has developed over the last couple of years, I have yet to see a development in Cesc. When he’s running at full speed, he looks like he’s about to fall over. Maybe he had a long spell without a break. But this summer, he really should work on a bit more stamina and some speed !

  • zohaib

    Also, I thought Iniesta was 23 …

  • zohaib

    Wiki says he’s 25

  • Berth

    Yeah that’s what Wiki says – never always trust wiki.
    But the lesson Arsenal as a club has to learn is that – winning trophies requires massive buying at a point – they (Barc) got Dany Alves, Pique, Hleb and Kieta; all very good players; its something we really have to start doing- they (Barc) don’t even have a shirt sponsor, how do they manage to generate funds?

    On Cesc’s development its between him and Wenger -its important to note no player is complete, its something Cesc has to work on, if he can eschew his ego – Same as Wenger, sometimes you really have to improve your stars, e.g – Pace for Cesc – see Gerald and Torres how they have improved under Benitez – Torres is more physical and Gerald gets more goals.

  • zohaib

    I was just reading about Diego Forlan. What a season he’s had !

    31 goals in 32 games in the Spanish league and 41 goals overall in the season ! Amazing stuff.

    And he’s two-footed !

    Anybody have any idea how much he costs ? His value must’ve doubled already.

  • Fo

    Just imagine us signing a Man United reject? Oh yeah, we did that last season!

  • Berth

    And of coz could be nemesis to Man U

  • zohaib

    He’s not a ManUtd reject, and who cares if he is. If he’s in that kind of form, we should be interested.

    Silvestre and Forlan are two different players altogether. Comparing them is stupid. And I don’t understand this nonsense of one player playing at one club can’t play with another club of similar stature in the same league. At the end of the day it’s a job and they are free to work where they want.

  • debs

    I think what people mean Zohaib is that if he wasn’t good enough to get in the Man U team, how come he’s good enough to be in our own team, if the teams are meant to be of roughly equal status?

  • http://kierandelaney.net/ kierandelaney.net/blog

    Zohaib, he spent a season at Man U, scored a goal and got packed off to another league for pennies. Not sure how you define reject, but I’d say reject nails it down pretty well.

    It’s nothing to do with him being a Manchester United player, it’s more to do with him being shit in the far more physical premier league.

    Wow he’s scored lots of goals against shit Spanish teams. Big whoop.

  • zohaib

    ManUtd would do well to get him back in place of their ever so great 30 million pound striker Berbatov. What a waste of money and what a pathetic decision to sell him. The Spanish defences might not be as good as the English but you make it sound as if they’re hopeless. Some of the best international defenders play in that league. I wonder how ManUtd couldn’t manage to score a goal against Villareal in 2 legs, was it last year or this year, I’m forgetting. And at the end of the day a striker has to make the effort to get a goal, they don’t all come in penalties or deflections.

    It’s funny, Kieran, you bring up your own ‘facts’. How would you define Adebayor or VanPersie’s season then, genius ? They have half their goals in penalties … ?!

    Who knows why Forlan went to Spain. It’s not necessarily as obvious as the media portrays it. Sometimes we think we know everything there is to know. I’m not sure how you can pass judgement on what the circumstances were.
    Just like some non-Arsenal supporters don’t understand why Henry went to Barcelona. Was he a reject ? lol.

    The point is, he’s scored 41 goals. Ronaldo did it last year. Were all of them deflections and penalties ? When you score that many goals, maybe a few are but more often than not, you deserve them. And maybe you should look at him more closely. He looks like a fantastic player. A two-footed striker is a rare quality and a fantastic advantage.

    I’d rather have him than a guy who gets injured one month, and fit the next, injured the next and fit the next, and is almost hopeless with his weaker foot, unless he gets lucky. Or another guy who’s one of the tallest people around, yet can’t head the ball right, doesn’t know the offside rule and has a poor attitude and work-rate.

    He’s a proper direct striker, not a support-striker like most of our present strikers. We need somebody like him if we want to convert more chances, and score more.

    Shouldn’t ManUtd then also sell Berbatov based on his shit season ? Instead they’re not buying Tevez, the guy who works his butt off for the team.

    Shouldn’t we also sell Adebayor for the shit season he’s had ?

    I wonder why the Spanish team won the Champions League with such a shit Spanish defence, Kieran. Which was made even shittier, when their first-choice fullbacks weren’t available. But Manutd had their first choice attack even.

    I think that ‘nails it down pretty well’.

  • zohaib

    Debs, based on what I’ve seen, he’s definitely good enough to get into ManUtd’s team, or any other top team in football.