2006-03-28

Arsenal is closer to the Semifinals in the Champions League

Arsenal FC beat Juventus 2-0 in the Champions League and their chances to be in the semifinals are bigger than ever. The Italian team ended with nine players.

Spanish Cesc Fabregas and French Thierry Henry scored for Arsenal, England's only remaining representative, which is aiming to reach the last four of Europe's elite club competition for the first time. The return game in Turin is April 5.

The Champions League is Arsenal's last opportunity for a trophy this campaign and it may need to win the competition to secure a spot next season. It stands sixth in England's Premier League, two places behind the qualifying positions.

Juventus of Turin finished with nine players today at Highbury, north London, after Mauro Camoranesi and Jonathan Zebina were dismissed in the final three minutes for receiving their second yellow cards. Both are now suspended for the second game, as well as the Italian team's former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira.

2006-03-21

Sol Campbell will be back

One of the most experienced players in the team, defender Sol Campbell is ready for a return to the Gunners first squad. He came through a second reserve match unscathed.

He suffered an important injury in February, but he managed to heal and now he played the full 90 minutes for a strong Arsenal reserve side in their 2-0 victory over Charlton.

In fact, it is the second time in the space of a week that the former Tottenham captain has managed to complete a reserve game and he is now in line to be involved in Saturday night's Premiership clash with Portsmouth.

However, fans think he must to prove he is both physically and mentally right after leaving Highbury at half-time of the Gunners' 3-2 defeat to West Ham last month after a disastrous first-half performance.

According to Arsenal reserve team coach Neil Banfield, however, the 31-year-old is getting back to near his best.

'Sol is smashing to have around,' Banfield said.

Arsenal fans will also be happy about the news that Robin Van Persie, who has also failed to start a first-team game since the West Ham game because of a broken toe, also played the full 90 minutes.

The player did come on for the closing stages of Arsenal's 3-0 Premiership win over Charlton last weekend, but will now be looking for a starting place on Saturday.

Former Southampton winger Theo Walcott scored on his home reserve side debut at Underhill last night, while Danish teenager Nicklas Bendtner wrapped up win for the Gunners second-string with a 74th minute strike.

2006-03-14

Thierry Henry defined match against Liverpool

Arsenal defeated Liverpool by 2-1, with two goals scored by Thierry Henry. It's important to say that Liverpool had a contrasting week to the Gunners. Last year's Champions League winners were knocked out of the competition by Benfica while Arsenal progressed thanks to a Thierry Henry goal in the first-leg of our clash against Real Madrid.

As we were saying, the London team built on the delight from Wednesday night by handing Liverpool their second defeat of the week. They had the better of the first half and opened the scoring midway through the opening half when Cesc Fabregas sent a beautiful ball down the left flank for Thierry Henry, whose shot curved around the keeper and into net.

The Gunners deserved the lead and took it into the second half. Liverpool came back into the game in the second thanks to a goal from Luis Garcia who capitalised after Jens Lehmann failed to hold onto a Steven Gerrard long-range shot. Liverpool were reduced to ten men soon after and so was Arsenal.

Steven Gerrard's made a terrible mistake when ho shot a backpass in the last ten minutes. The past was taken by Henry who rounded the keeper and shot the ball into the then unguarded net.