The Champions League draw has just been made and we now know that Barça’s opponent in the last 16 is our old friend Arsenal. It must seem a bit like Groundhog day for Arsenal having seen their dreams of Champions League glory destroyed by Barça twice in recent years. In May 2006 Juliano Belletti wrote his name forever into the history books smacking the ball between Almunia’s legs, I think we all remember that one. Then last season Arsenal couldn’t believe their luck when they escaped with a 2-2 draw at the Emirates after being overrun for 65 minutes, but there was no escaping the deadly efficiency of Leo Messi in the return leg and Arsenal received a 4-1 thrashing.
Arsenal fans will definitely be eager for revenge. Besides losing twice to us in the clashes mentioned above they also have quite a history of transfer disputes with Barça. There were a few tears shed in London when Thierry Henry moved to a sunnier climate in 2007, but the hysteria that was caused by the Cesc Fabregas soap opera last summer is summed up by the Arsenal shirt being sold now with Cesc’s number 4.
You’ve got to laugh I suppose.
Anyway, sorry if this is a bit short today, lots of things I need to be getting on with. The new blog still needs a lot of work on it, but we just wanted to get up and started as quickly as possible. I hope this is the start of a great new project.