By Richard Clarke
It was not Patrick Vieira's night.
The former Arsenal captain was given the warmest of welcomes on his return to Highbury with Juventus. However he was outshone in midfield by Cesc Fabregas and picked up a booking that means he will miss the Champions League Quarter-Final second leg in Turin next week.
In the morass of post-match interviews, Thierry Henry could not catch a word with his friend, compatriot and former team-mate. But the man who took over the Arsenal armband last summer was full of consolation.
"I was happy with the reception he had tonight," said Henry. "Sometimes you have good days and bad days.
"But Patrick will always remain one of the best players I ever played with and one of the best players in the middle of the park."
Vieira's absence through suspension and Arsenal's 2-0 lead afforded Henry relatively little comfort ahead of the second leg next week
"Even after the second goal I was shouting at people to do their jobs and not to get carried away," he said. "A team like Juve can kill you in two minutes. That is why I was a bit vocal.
"We had a good night and you could say they had a bad
night. But they could have a good one over there. I know some of
the players there and they are capable of doing it."
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