Posted by sean on May 17, 2006 at 10:07 pm in Football with No Comments

A message to Arsenal fans everywhere. “So sorry you didn’t win tonight, well played guys and thank you for an enjoyable match.” :o(

It was a shame that the whole game appeared to be marred by the sending off of goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. However I seriously hope that the Arsenal fans, who are normally gracious in defeat, do not focus on this incident and let it overshadow the cup final.

I am sure even the most loyal Gooner would admit that Jens did wrong. What was the referee to do with only a second to make a decision? Send him off or award a goal? I think either decision would have been justified. Let us not forget the Chelsea fans last season who moaned to buggery when the OPPOSITE decision was made in The Champions League game against Liverpool (the goal was awarded and Chelsea kept 11 men). If Arsenal are to blame anybody they should blame Jens Lehmann for making a schoolboy error, although bear in mind he’s been a good player for them.

Thierry Henry was kicked about by Barca players who should have been booked but on the other side of the coin Emmanuel Eboue blatantly dived to award Arsenal a free kick which lead to their goal. Swings and roundabouts. I challenge any Gooner to honestly tell me that they would not feel aggrieved had Barca scored in the same manner.

It was a big shame an English team was unable to win The Champions League this year and I know that I like Barcelona but as I blogged earlier this evening I was rooting for Arsenal.

Overall a good game of football but I think Barca had a slight edge. I have watched both Arsenal and Barca in domestic and European games this season. Both of whom have had some impressive mathces. Barca however have a special spark Arsenal are lacking at the moment. Hopefully Arsenal can find their own magic soon.

Sorry Gooners, best of luck next year – glad you got 4th spot!

Oh and well done to Barca, you were impressive this evening (clap, clap, clap).

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