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Thierry Henry's Sensational Interview After Losing The 2006 CL Final Is A Legendary Meltdown

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Thierry Henry's Sensational Interview After Losing The 2006 CL Final Is A Legendary Meltdown

Arsenal have not had a good season by any measure.

The Gunners look likely to finish outside of the top seven, and are set to go without silverware despite early support for manager Mikel Arteta.

That support has now turned to disappointment, and there are serious questions over the Spaniard's future at the Emirates.

At a time like this, many Gooners have turned to reminiscing about the past, with the glory years of Arsene Wenger before the financial restraints of the new stadium a particular favourite.

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With the Champions League final coming up the weekend after this, some have been remembering the time that the Gunners made it to the final back in 2006.

The north London outfit suffered heatbreak against Barcelona in the end, with an early red card for Jens Lehmann putting at them at disadvantage before a Sol Campbell header gave fans some hope going into the half time break.

However, it wasn't to be, with goals from Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti eventually enough to break down the stubborn Arsenal defence.

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In the aftermath, Henry was not best pleased with the Barcelona stars, and showed some of the attitude that the current crop of Gunners players might be missing.

"I don't want to start any arguments but I don't know if the ref had a Barcelona shirt on or something," he said.

"They kicked me all over the place in the first half. I got the ball here and he gave me a yellow card. I don't know if they're not used to the pace of the Premier League or the desire, but I thought that was harsh, I'm sorry.

"Clear enough maybe for Jens [Lehmann], but I told the ref, 'I'm sorry, if you don't want us to win it, just say it from the start'. Some of the calls in the game were a bit strange."

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He added: "Next time I'll dive maybe," he continued. "They try to kick me in my knee, my ankle, but I'm not a woman so I stay on my feet. I would expect the ref to do his job but I don't think he did."

He continued his tirade: "All the time you talk about Ronaldinho and Eto'o and people like that. Let's talk about the proper people who make the difference, that was Henrik Larsson, who made two assists. I didn't see Ronaldinho and I didn't see Eto'o. I would have liked to see a proper ref also.

"So many times [Rafael] Marquez came from behind to break my ankles, didn't get a yellow card. To defend against me with a yellow card isn't the same game anymore. But hey, I think we can be proud - I'm just upset for the Arsenal fans."

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In the end he couldn't have been that annoyed, as he left Arsenal for the Nou Camp just 12 months later. However, talent aside, could this be just what the Gunners need now?

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Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Arsenal, Champions League, thierry henry

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