Real Madrid 0-1 Arsenal
â€œKing Juan Carlos, Seve Ballasteros, Don Quixote, General Franco, Seat Ibiza, Zorro (?), your boys took a hell of a beatingâ€¦â€
OK, OK, so weâ€™re only half way there, thereâ€™s so much more to do, but come on, letâ€™s seize the moment just for a while. That performance was immense, absolutely immense, and in a season where things have so often not gone to plan, that was pure nectar. Itâ€™s still soaking in now, and boy, does it feel good.
Every Arsenal player deserves the highest praise, from the young lads â€“ Eboue, Fabregas, Senderos, Flamini, Reyes, Hleb â€“ to the older heads, all of whom played their part in one of Arsenalâ€™s finest European victories of all time.
Itâ€™s harsh to pick out one player over another, but Iâ€™m going to, and itâ€™s not our captain either, whose goal was breathtaking. For me, Cesc Fabregas, all 18 years of him, was truly magnificent. A Barcelona boy needs no further motivation than playing in the enemyâ€™s back yard, and so it proved.
Best of all, we played so well in addition to winning, and that, above all else, will please Arsenal fans the world over.
Itâ€™s nice to have our Arsenal back.
Letâ€™s push on from here.