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  CM 00/01

The Champions League resumed when Bayer Leverkusen visited Ashburton Grove before we return the same favour a week later. 2 goals from Saviola and 1 from Vieira saw us winning 3-0 at home. The away match was much tougher and we had to fight all the way for a 1-0 win courtesy of Bergkamp. Footballing legend Peter Shilton even took time off to criticize the way I handled the England team by writing us off from winning the European Championship. We finished off our Champions League Phase 2 Group matches by drawing with Porto 2-2 and beating Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0. The other 7 quarterfinalists are Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Ajax Amsterdam, AC Milan, Besiktas, Barcelona and Celtic.

We had a tough campaign in March where we had to take on Chelsea at home, Manchester United at home in the FA Cup Quarter Final and Bristol City in the League Cup Final. First up, Chelsea at home in the league. Ashburton Grove was packed to the roof as nearly 70,000 supporters arrived to watch the giants of English football battle it out. Chelsea had been runners up for the past few seasons and they are determined to win this season's championship, although we are still very much ahead of them. The match started well with both sides playing good football. Both goalkeepers performed well to keep both sides at bay. In the end, it was Henry's 57th minute goal that separated both teams.

Manchester United on the other hand weren't so lucky. I fielded a mixed team with regulars and Reserve League players. The lads didn't disappoint me as we had a 2-0 lead in the first half from goals by Alan Quinn and Ashley Cole. A third strike by Barrett sealed the match despite Phillip Neville's consolation goal on the hour. Notman was stretched off after getting an injury to his knee.

This year's League Cup was played at the newly rebuilt Wembley. 90,000 fans thronged the stadium to watch this exciting encounter. This was also the first and hopefully the last time I underestimated the opponent. It took Bristol City 13 minutes to break through Arsenal's defence. A cross by Coelho found Marvin Brown unmarked in the area. GOAL! Bristol City continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded again through Marvin Brown. We managed to pull one back right before the whistle, when Joe Cole found Bergkamp in the area. GOAL! My halftime pep talk seemed to work wonders as Henry found the net 5 minutes after the break to level the score line. Now all we need is another goal and to stop Bristol from scoring. In the 80th minute, Seth Johnson had the ball in the back of the net but luckily it was ruled offside. That was close! 8 minutes later, Silvinho dribbled into the area but couldn't find space to shoot so he set up Joe Cole instead. GOAL! It must be the winning goal! Hooray! Arsenal had broken Liverpool's record by winning our 6th League Cup title.[ScreenShot]

The Champions League Quarterfinals saw us taking on Celtic. We entertained them first and Henry scored his 100th Arsenal goal in the 2-0 win. 2 weeks later, Henry repeated the feat by scoring once and the other was scored by Joe Cole to give us another identical 2-0. The away match was made easier when Deschamps got himself sent off in the 68th minute.

Portman Road, home of Ipswich Town is the place where the Championship will be decided. We are now currently 12 points clear of Chelsea but with 2 games in hand. We had played 32 games as compared to Chelsea's 34. A win here would definitely seal our 4th league title, which is the most won by a club in consecutive years. I fielded a second team, as we had to face Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League Semifinal match later. The lads didn't fail me as the outplayed Ipswich Town entirely, and we won 2-0, with goals from Wiltord and Saviola. Arsenal had clinched the Premier League title again![ScreenShot]

Arsenal got off to a bad start against Ajax when Ljungberg got himself red-carded after just 5 minutes of play. Luckily, we didn't have to wait long for a goal. Saviola got his name on the score sheet by scoring in the 7th minute after great work by Henry. Arsenal held on to that slim lead for the next 30 minutes before Saviola widened the gap by scoring his second in the 33rd minute. 10 men Arsenal are piling the pressure on Ajax. The second half started the same way as the first and Saviola completed his hat-trick in the 51st minute. But Nikos Machlas managed to save Ajax's blushes by scoring a minute later. But it was nearly over when Henry nodded the ball past the helpless Ajax keeper in the 65th minute to restore Arsenal's 3-goal cushion. Substitute Pascal Averdijk gave Ajax a lifeline for the return leg by scoring 2 more away goals. But an 80th minute goal by Silvinho ensures that Arsenal still held on to a 2-goal cushion for the second leg. Final score Arsenal 5 Ajax 3.[ScreenShot]

Back home, I had to field the Reserve team due to lack of fitness of the first team players. But you can't send out Reserve players and hope to beat Manchester United. And this is what United gave in reply, a 4-0 thrashing and my heaviest defeat as Arsenal's manager. To rub salt into my wounds, it came against our archrivals whom we used to beat for the past few years. [ScreenShot]

  ARSENAL FC
  Season 03/04 :
  Pre-Season
  Part 1
  Part 2
  Part 3
  Part 4
  Post-Season

  Season 04/05 :
  Pre-Season
  Part 1
  Part 2
  Part 3
  Part 4
  Post-Season

  Season 05/06 :
  Pre-Season
  Part 1
  Part 2
  Part 3
  Part 4
  Post-Season




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