Amazing stuff last night, I must say. I didn’t give Liverpool a cat’s chance in hell at half-time, but clearly Hades has become a more pleasant environment for moggies these days. Anyway, I heartily congratulate them. Even the most ardent scouser will accept that this is far from the greatest Liverpool side there was, and that makes it all the more impressive.
It goes without saying that I’d love it to have been us there, but to me, it feels as far away as it ever has for Arsenal. Liverpool fans had won it four times already, and some almost expected to win it again. We’ve never won it, and few Arsenal fans expect to. Odd.
There’s some argument that Wenger’s formation in the FA Cup final â€“ 4-5-1 â€“ is one we could adopt in Europe, especially away. It’s a possibility I suppose. I’m of the opinion that we’ll do alright in it this season coming as long as our defence is as strong as it has been over the last few months. The 2006 Champions League final is in Paris, which would be fun.
Kerplonk: Back to reality. The Telegraph this morning sheds a little more light on the Cole saga, reiterating what we’ve been told before â€“ that Arsenal dropped a verbal salary offer from Â£60k a week to Â£55k, something that kicked off the whole sorry, messy saga Cole now finds himself embroiled in. It also hints at a strained relationship between David Dein and the rest of the board, and even questions Wenger’s long-term future given his close relationship with Dein. That’s all a bit fanciful, I think: Who would ever want to get rid of someone who has achieved as much as Wenger?
And finally, Ronaldinho wants Thierry Henry to join him at Barcelona. Well, bully for your Ron.