Barcelona will murder Arsenal 5-0
April 6, 2010
That’s the jist of most of the chat in blog world.
We are down to our bare bones, player wise, missing possibly the four best players in our squad in Cesc, Robin, AA23 and Billy G.
So a right good spanking will be the order of the day tonight, right?
These nuevo goons only started to support the club this Millenium, so don’t forget they have no recollections of famous past glories, completely against the odds, on European adventures.
The club had a wonderful reputation in years gone by of coming out on top when all was against us, a backs against the wall type job.
Mission Impossible to Catalonia is on, and if any team can turn the impossible into the possible, it’s this wonderous young side that wear the red and white of Arsenal.
Big Sol will partner Verminator in the heart of defence, with Denilson providing the midfield cover to the back four.
Diaby will need the complete polar opposite game from last Wednesday night, it was not his night back then… he can put that right tonight, he has to be a monster.
Abou needs to play the role of 2 men in midfield, he needs to do some of Song’s dirty work and Cesc’s attacking work.
I have complete faith in him tonight, he was rested on Saturday, so fitness cannot be an excuse… he is the man for us tonight.
Carlos Vela has his place taken by Armand “Nun-Chucks” Traore in the squad, there is no apparent reason why the Mexican has been left out, as he trained yesterday morning.
I hate to see Rosicky or Nasri out wide, and would dearly love to see Theo wide right, and Armand wide left.
Having those pair right on the tails of the Barca full-backs will prevent the feckers from marauding forward at will and providing Barca with width from the middle of the park.
If they are stupid enough, or even arrogant enough to play that game, then more fool them, as there are not many in football who are quicker than our pair of wing whippets.
I’m not sure what type of game Wenger has planned for us, I could not care less if we played a right ugly game and just went to spoil them and hit them on the counter with pace hoping to Nik(Ki B) the elusive away goals.
We don’t need to be heroes tonight, no matter what anybody says in trying to prove they are the greatest gooner in the world etc, Barca are bloody brilliant, they are a fabulous team, and we may need to adopt different tactics to overcome them.
Granted, if we had a team with all our missing players available, we could go a bit more gung-ho, I just don’t feel tonight is the night for that.
I’m sure this team have tactical discipline in them, we can win dirty if we need to, and tonight calls for it in my view.
Whatever the outcome, however the game pans out, I just hope we put up a spirited display.
My prediction is 2-2 all over again, and this time it may be us who take the lead on the break and they come back at us to force extra time and nail chopping for gooners all over the planet.
When the draw was made, plenty of pundits came out with the suggestions of this ending four or five goals a piece.
I would love that, you cannot beat the drama and sheer excitement of extra time and penalties.
Of course, a 1-0 win in normal time will do nicely enough.
This whole Vela dropping has got me thinking, Wenger can be a sly old dog, he must surely know how Atletico Madrid beat Barca recently.
Traore and Clichy down the left and maybe Sagna and Eboue down the right, with all four killing themselves to slave up and down their respective flanks.
Theo as the weapon off the bench maybe.
Rosicky is now rated 50-50 to make the game, with Nasri in the Cesc role, this opens up the possibility of Traore starting down the left even more.
It’s not often the great man keeps us guessing.
Last week I had the pleasure of watching the game at the Emirates, my ears were ringing for days afterwards, the atmosphere at the end was crazy loud, tonight I’m going to watch this at home on the 40 inch Samsung, on my own.
This game is going to cause huge emotion, no matter how it plays out, emotion is going to be at extreme levels.
I am watching this on my jack jones as a measure of national security.
Where you watching it?