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"It was the winter holiday and I was back in Togo having a kickabout with friends when my phone rang.One of the boys answered it and said, 'Manu, it's Arsene for you'. 'Arsene who?' I said. 'Arsene Wenger', he said. 'Get out of it', I said, and grabbed the phone off him. But then I heard the voice. 'Allo'. F*****g hell. It is Arsene Wenger!"
-Emmanuel Adebayor

CL Final Preview II: Eboue Warns Ronaldinho, Brazilian Fears Arsenal

Lots of news coming out ahead of the Champions League final, not surprisingly most have something to do with Ronaldinho. Theo Walcott is also making headlines around England as Sven said that other national coaches will be shocked by his pace at the World Cup.

Lets start off with Eboue and how he thinks he can stop Ronaldinho. Truthfully, Eboue will probably do better against Ronaldinho that maybe Lauren might have. As it stands, I think Eboue will limit Ronaldinho's attacking on the left but I dont think he will make much difference as Ronaldinho almost always drifts into the middle to find space for the perfect lobbed pass to the strikers. Best of luck Eboue, you're gonna need it!

Lehmann has admitted that he was surprised when Arsenal started collecting clean sheets in this years CL. He said that as time went on, it became less of a surprise. He pointed out that a few seasons ago, when Arsenal were at their best, The Gunners could'nt go all the way due to the lack of defence, but now with the young defence line, Lehmann has gone 10 matches in the CL without having to pick the ball out of the net, these includes matches against Juve and Real Madrid.

Arsene Wenger admitted that Barcelona are favourites going into the Champions league final and that Arsenal are the underdogs. Wenger though believes that Arsenal have focused on the Champions league all through the season and The Gunners are capable of defeating the mighty Barcelona. He said: "We can beat them. It's a final and you always have a chance. My team have banked on (winning) this competition and I'm certain they are going to assume their responsibilities, meaning they are going to win."

Ronaldinho fears Arsenal. That was not a typo. The World Player of The Year said that he fears the whole Arsenal team, not just Thierry Henry. He said that the Barcelona players have to respect Arsenal's defensive ability but said that will not affect the way they play. He said: "We will not change our style of play,".

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