The day before the big day….

March 30, 2010

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 Here’s your New Post  🙂

Welcome to England Barcelona but you will fall!!!

We don’t play until tomorrow but already my stomach is in knots just thinking about Arsenal v’s Barcelona,
The Champions League quarter final, Round 1!!

Will Arshavin be fit? Will Diaby be fit? Will the little man who captains our side be fit??

I think it’s important all three are, but then we all think that don’t we…

We need to have a strong eleven available, Vermaelen is back, Song should slot back into the middle alongside Cesc which should mean….. a proper midfield, not a Denilson in sight!

Arsene has been talking about Cesc, about how he came to steal him away from his boyhood club…

Back in 2003, the Arsenal manager travelled to Finland for the Under-17s World Cup in order to run the rule over, among others, a blossoming young midfielder in the Spanish team.

Fabregas had Barcelona in his blood and was rising rapidly through the ranks at the Nou Camp alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique.

Spain did not lift the trophy that year but Fabregas came home with the individual honours. He won the Golden Boot as top scorer and was voted Player of the Tournament for his overall contribution.

Twelve days after losing to Brazil in the Final, the 16-year-old signed for Arsenal.

Ahead of Barcelona’s visit to Emirates Stadium for the Champions League Quarter-Final first leg, Wenger recalled that first impression.

“I couldn’t go to watch a youth team game at Barcelona because they would not have welcomed me,” he said before the weekend trip to Birmingham. “So I could only watch him in the Under-17 national team.

“You could see straight away that his vision of the game was exceptional. He was physically a little bit weak at the time but he could score goals.

“I do not know if there were other teams in for him. We were just first and players want to join us because they feel they have a chance to play. Many young players want to join us because of that.”

Yep, that whole chit chat from our boss was solen from the afc website 🙂

Great news we have all heard is about though is Cesc Fabregas, this week he has said he is not going anywhere in the summer. This same man will be all  for showing Barcelona just why they should never let him go. Its also about letting them know just how happy he is at Arsenal…. Maybe then Barcelona will finally get the message!!

Tomorrow’s a big day, a very big day – and in more ways than one…..

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Could we handle Barcelona?

April 9, 2009

Last night saw a very, very good performance from the new bookies favorites to win the Champions League.  If Villareal can out Arsenal us what chance have we got against this mob?

Looking at it from a player on player basis. I will start with Clichy on Lionel Messi. Messi always seems to cut in from the right, therefore Clichy will be turned like a top trying to use his left foot. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that Mr Wenger OBE likes to play right footed players on the other side of the pitch. Pires and Nasri being examples, when they play against a right footed right back they sit him on his arse.

Sagna versus Henry on the left, nearly exactly the same thing only vice versa.  The only thing we can hope is that Henry freezes on the big stage .. Yea right  That was another myth, he will be firing,  he is bound to pass Bacary at least a few times and we will need cover..  Theo or Eboue?.. It would be fun to see Henry trying to outpace Walcott ..

Eto’o mmmm here lies a big problem now that Gallas is out for the season, if not forever for us. Gallas would have done a job on him I cannot see Djourou being as effective.

Song and Denilson will be up against  Xavi and Iniesta, as long as we sit back and not get caught too far up field, we should be okay if we close down quickly.

It could be Fabregas or Nasri coming up against Yaya, but as Arshavin is cup tied that will probably mean Nasri  on the left in our formation. The right back being Alves. There would be plenty of running and tracking back for Samir.

On our right Theo will be up against Puyol, can his experience make up for the sheer pace of Walcott?  In fact this could be the one game where he will shine, quick counter attacking football.

Up front I have a feeling that the secret weapon will be Diaby if fit . He will be in the gap between Yaya and the central defence made up of Marquez  and Pique. Ade will have to be up for this game and fully fit and better than his best to get the better of these two in a 4-5-1.

We are okay in the goalkeeping dept as I would expect Almunia to be fit for this one, even allowing for  AIT (Arsenal Injury Time) which is twice as long as a player should be out for..

We cannot do like we did at Villareal and just stroll out,  hopefully we have learned a lesson from that, It also gave us a clue to how strong the teams in la Liga are so the surprise factor should be gone too.

So to sum up .. can we beat Barcelona?   If Jonjon says we can, then we will..