2006-01-15

Arsenal crushed Middlesbrough 7-0

Henry boosted his level to help Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 7-0 in a Premiership game at Highbury yesterday. Thierry Henry's brilliant hat-trick was followed by Robert Pires, Phillippe Senderos and Gilberto Silva goals.

The French striker started the scoring in the 20th minute with an amazing volley. Phillippe Senderos followed up almost immediately with a header that gave no chance to Jones in the Boro goal. Henry was in a killer mood on the night and broke clear in the 30th minute to slot home his second and Arsenal's third. It looked like a rout when Robert Pires tapped in the fourth goal on the 45th minute.

Things for Boro went even worse after the break when Doriva was sent off for a sent card offense in the 73 minute, but not before Gilberto Silva had tapped in the fifth goal in the 59th minute and Henry had completed his hat trick in the 68th minute. This goal was also Henry's 150th League score. The final flourish was courtesy Hleb, who was able to tuck in from a close range.

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger praised his players for delivering a strong performance, "We played our game and the goals came as a consequence of the quality of our football. Of course, Thierry scored three - and everybody nearly scored!" he enthused.

Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren thinks the game was a learning experience for his team, "This has been my toughest day as Middlesbrough manager without a shadow of a doubt. Down to 10 men with six teenagers on the park it was always going to be difficult. I've told the kids they're going to be good players in the future." he told us.