Early reports on BBC news 24 this morning were that Pires was getting the nod over Reyes.
And is Senderos injured? I think he has done so well this season despite the dodgy start against Chelsea in the Charity shield. I would not pick Campbell over him. Especially since Senderos was a key figure in the clean sheets in the run up to the final.
On a side note: did you hear about the assistant ref.? Caught wearing a Barca shirt for a photo shoot!! Moron!
Bravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3253 times:
hmmm not many betting on Arsenal. I haven't been following Barcelona lately to have any expectations of my own. I just wish for exciting 2 halves followed by 2 full extra time halves and then all rounds of penalties.
Hey I can wish...
And thanx for the the reminder thread, I had almost forgotten.
As much as I'd like to think that formation will be played by Arsenal, I think Arsène will stick to the 4-5-1, with Pires/Reyes (most likely Pires to start and Reyes as substitute) on the left wing.
Quoting Oli80 (Reply 7): And is Senderos injured? I think he has done so well this season despite the dodgy start against Chelsea in the Charity shield. I would not pick Campbell over him. Especially since Senderos was a key figure in the clean sheets in the run up to the final.
Senderos is fit and in the squad, but I would prefer to see Campbell and Toure at centre-back.
Quoting Steve7E7 (Reply 3): As for the score, well I reckon the Gooners will shade it 2-1 with Fabregas and that man Henry on the scoresheet.
AdamTStarFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3235 times:
The champions league final may well be titled 'the ronaldinho show' if the arsenal defence and midfield don't mark him out of the game. Regardless Barca will win, by how many? Depends how much of the ball ronaldinho sees
I have a feeling 3-1 to Barca! Henry to score for arsenal before he signs a big money move to the catalan giants!
Thom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11957 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3227 times:
3-2 Barca. (Eto, Henry grab at least 1 goal each, and possibly a goal from Ronaldinho too.)
Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 6): I hear the linesman has now been given the axe after been spotted wearing a Barcelona shirt. What a fool!
He was approached by a local newspaper when it became clear he would be the assistant referee in the final. They wanted him to pose with the shirts of both teams, but as he couldn't find an Arsenal shirt, he was told to just put on the Barca kit by the journalists.
British papers have been all over the place, wanting to buy the photo, but the local newspaper decided not to sell. It still appears some paper went ahead and printed it.
CHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 61
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3209 times:
I think Arsenal 2-1.
I hope so anyway - my feelings towards them have not been all that kind for years, but i fully admit they have been excellent in the run up to the final, and fully deserve their place - a mixture of hard work, skill, finesse, and a little bit of luck. Their tactic have not been to stifle games and hope for penalties, but to soak things up and play honest attacking football when required - its good to watch, and ive been particularly impressed by Eboue at right back - very good player. This is in contrast to Liverpool last season, who I think did not deserve the amount of luck they got, and won it purely based in blind luck.
I think Barca will score first, and Henry will equalise. It will go to extra time, and someone like Fabregas will scramble in a winner. I can see Deco getting absolutely nothing out of Gilberto in the middle, and if Hleb can draw Oleguer out and make him give some free kicks away, i think they've got a great chance. Barca are the best club side in the world, and if Arsenal can do the business tonight, it will be fully deserved - you cant fluke your way past a team like that, Messi or not.
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3222 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3197 times:
I just think Arsenal are too physically strong for Barca, and Henry is just so good at punishing defences (Barca's back four aren't the greatest IMHO). Arsenal being Arsenal quite clearly Ronaldinho and Eto'o will get a good kicking by Toure and Eboue, so I'm not convinced they will be that effective. I think Giuly could be the key for Barca.
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