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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
"Tony Adams showed how important he is to our team"
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Thursday, 16 March, 2000, 22:54 GMT
Gunners blaze into Bremen

Henry makes no mistake as he slots number one
Arsenal 2-0 Werder Bremen

Arsenal were by far the better side as they secured a two-goal advantage to take into the away leg of their Uefa Cup tie with Werder Bremen.

A goal in each half for Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg were the difference between the sides, although the Germans may consider themselves lucky the margin was not much bigger.

Henry has now scored in every round of the Uefa Cup so far.

Match facts
8 mins: Vieira shoots just wide
10 mins: Herzog yellow carded
19 mins: Henry makes it 1-0
50 mins: Henry penalty appeal
71 mins: Kanu and Overmars on
76 mins: Ljungberg makes it two
It was sweet revenge for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who as manager of Monaco lost the only European final he has reached to Werder Bremen eight years ago.

And doubly sweet considering that his opposite number, Thomas Schaaf, was playing rather than coaching that night.

Arsenal established a silky rhythm from the outset that saw them trouble the German defence with shots from Henry, Patrick Vieira and Gilles Grimandi inside the first 15 minutes.

By contrast, Werder Bremen produced no attacking moves of note in the opening period, and their consternation at the back was confirmed when Andreas Herzog was yellow carded for a rash challenge on Grimandi.

The Gunners always looked like scoring, but when the first goal came it was from an unexpected source.

Vieira - forced to turn and run the ball out from a defensive error deep in his own half - spotted Henry lurking on the far right and delivered a perfectly-weighted long pass to his countryman.

Patrick Vieira
Defensively solid: Vieira goes in
The striker gathered and drove unopposed towards goal, beating keeper Frank Rost in the one-on-one with ease to put the home side ahead on 19 minutes.

Arsenal kept the pressure up for the remainder of the half, almost capping Tony Adams' return with a score for the big defender from one of several corners for the Gunners.

Adams chested the ball the ball down and hammered an angled strike that was brilliantly kept out by the spreadeagled Rost.

The Bremen keeper was called upon again three minutes later to save yet another shot, this time off the tip of Ray Parlour's foot after a sweetly worked passing movement between Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.


Not the best looking goal: Ljungberg celebrates
The home side started the second half in similar style, with Henry perhaps unlucky not to win an appeal for a penalty on 50 minutes.

But while half-chances continued to present themselves, Arsenal lacked the penetration of the first half.

It must have been with this in mind - and the thought of taking a two-goal buffer to Germany - that Wenger bought on Marc Overmars and Kanu for Parlour and the unusually quiet Bergkamp 15 minutes after the interval.

Within five minutes the plan had worked. Kanu won the arial battle for a high, bobbling ball on the edge of the Germans' area and took an ugly shy at goal.

The ball squirted out sideways to Ljungberg, who squeezed a low scuttling strike between the diving keeper and his left post.

Bremen pressed forward in numbers, but as throughout the entire match, never gave David Seaman anything significant to worry about.

Teams

Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Adams, Luzhny, Silvinho, Parlour, Vieira, Grimandi, Ljungberg, Bergkamp, Henry.
Subs: Winterburn, Keown, Suker, Overmars, Manninger, Malz, Kanu.

Werder Bremen: Rost, Eilts, Baumann, Wiedener, Tjikuzu, Frings, Herzog, Dabrowski, Barten, Bode, Ailton.
Subs: Flock, Maximow, Trares, Bogdanovic, Brasas, Skripnik, Schierenbeck.

Referee: C Colombo (France)
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