Arsecelona the Match
March 31, 2010
The big day has arrived.
We will finally gain some fascinating pointers vis-a-vis how good the football Arsenal play really is.
Who were the last team to come to the Emirates and have a straight out, toe-to-toe rumble with us?
Guardiola has already stated he did not want to play us due to similar styles… he understands there is a real possibility that as a team we play better football.
They certainly have the best player on the planet in Messi, but he is only less than 10% of the starting eleven.
Former Arsenal and Barca player, Alex Hleb, described what he thought might happen when two tribes go to war…
“I’m not going to say who will win, that’s difficult. But the way I see it, Arsenal have a real chance against Barcelona.
“Arsenal’s style is quicker than Barcelona’s build-up and passing is less direct. Arsenal move the ball faster. That can make life difficult for Barcelona.
“Against Barcelona you need to try and hold onto the ball, be ready to break, and keep yourselves compact and it’s important not to go out there scared when you play against Barcelona.
“I don’t think Arsenal will do that. I believe they can take on Barcelona and do well, and win.”
The Belarussian sums the conundrum up nicely by stating Arsenal play quicker, less direct, passing football.
Barcelona have slowed down their game this season, the introduction of Zlatan I to the forward line has also meant a more direct approach on occasion.
Tonight we learn how well we can really play against a superb team who will not come to stifle our play, there can be no excuses concerning rough play, parking the bus, poor pitch etc
The stage is truly set for a crowning moment in the lifetime of Wengerball.
For there is no other team in Europe who could come to the home of football and believe they can outplay the hosts… every other team that travels to the Emirates thinks about stopping us play.
No excuses. No Fear. Time to deliver.
So, for the thousands in attendance ( a lucky me included ), and the millions watching on TV around the world…
LET’S GET R-R-READY TO RUMBL-L-L-E