March 8, 2010
Bad news regarding the injury that will keep Cesc from playing against Porto.
Good news though in that Samir Nasri will get the chance to take the lead role from central midfield.
Many times on other blogs I have commented about my vehement dislike of Sammy Boy being played as a winger, he does not have the game to be a world-class player out on the flanks…
but he certainly does have the game to be a big game winner by running the show from the middle of the park.
He has a nice quick burst of pace over the first 5-10 yards that allows him to nip past an opposition player and open some room up for a killer pass or even a shot himself.
The dribbling skills the lad possesses are unreal, and many gooners are yet to really see that side of his game.
Followers of Ligue 1 would have more to say… just check out the plethora of YouTube vids of his playing day in the South of France.
By deploying Samir in an attacking central role, the best facets to his game become glowingly obvious.
Having our Viking warrior in front of him to play off, I can clearly envisage Nasri having a field day between the Porto Defence and Midfield.
Porto may even have to put a marker on him at some stage, if he is in the mood, he will run riot.
Tough night ahead for the lads, this will be no easy game, patience is going to be key… we are in the driving seat with the away goal, and as such a tightly fought out, dogged 1-0 to the Arsenal, will more than suffice.
A night of sporting theatre awaits us, a roller-coaster of emotions will be prevalent, but a passage through to the Quarter-finals of the Champions League is a must.
The momentum a victory will create, in order to help us keep pushing on for the Premier League title, is worth bearing in mind.
This is a huge game for this team… a real test of character in the absence of our Captain and most influential player.
Football is a team game, and over reliance on any one player is never a good thing.
To come through the game without our talisman, would inject some incredible belief in the squad for the remainder of the season.
A season that will go down as one to certainly remember and recall in years to come.
Lets have it!
February 17, 2010
These Champions League away legs, at the knockout stage, are not about defence.
Porto will keep this game tight, 0-0 aint the worst result for a home side in the 1st leg. Not conceding the away goal can take a team a long way in this compettion.
The 2nd leg’s are always far more open, goals tend to proliferate them… and both sides usually get on the scoresheet.
Tonight, Gallas is not a huge miss… we want an open game, we want them to think they can get at our defence, thus allowing us to counter strike.
Walcott will play tonight, he must play.
His pace on the break will get us that elusive away goal, the away goal that will help us through to meet Manure in the quarters.
Theo is so due a good game, he has not become the bad player many now believe him to be overnight.
He must be close to full fitness and sharpness following another prolonged injury break… the time is now!
The lad is a serious weapon in our Arsenal.