What should have been a practice game is now a real fight thanks to the lacklustre performances by the second string in the previous two Champions League away games. But I’m confident we should get through to the next phase.
Interestingly though, I’m wondering if getting knocked out of the Champions League would be that bad! For the players it might be a disappointment and it will give the Misery Brigade a great deal of ammo but does it matter that much?
If you think about it, getting to the semi-finals of the Champions League and the FA cup along with a top 4 spot didn’t get Arsenal any credit. And I’m sure we are not winning the quadruple this year. So what’s the harm in getting one competition out of the way early? That would certainly allow Arsene to focus better on the domestic cups and the Premiership.
Anyway, that’s just a thought and I haven’t made up my mind one way or the other.
As far as this game goes I’ll be very surprised if Arsenal don’t win. If it’s a disaster we might draw the game and I can’t see Braga winning in Ukraine unless Donetsk just don’t try.
Nonetheless, I hope Arsene puts out a strong team and we get a solid performance as that will help the confidence going into the big one on Monday.
RvP looks fit enough to start and I hope to see him back in the central striker role. That should also give Chamakh some rest. I’m not sure what the scene with Bendtner is but as long as Van Persie is fit I would not start the Dane in the central role.
It might also be a good idea to give Nasri a break as he looked really tired towards the end of the last game. Walcott can do a job on the right especially with Van Persie in a central attacking role.
Another person who should get a rest is Wilshere. The midfield will have a big part to play against United and resting one of the players seems like a good idea. In Denilson we have an able replacement for such a game.
Well, I said we need a strong team and have gone on to suggest three key players should be rested! I won’t go any further with that. The likes of Song, Arshavin and others should be able to carry on.
The starting line-up I’d like to see is,
Fabianski – Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy – Song, Rosicky, Denilson – Walcott, RvP, Arshavin.
We can rest Song and Arshavin after an hour if the game is in control.
I’d certainly prefer a 2-0 win over a 5-2 in this game. We need a game where the defence looks comfortable and organized.
It’ll also be good to see RvP, Rosicky or Arshavin among the goals. Little Mozart really needs one for his confidence and I believe he will have more impact in games after he gets one.
There is not much more to say so I’ll go back to wondering whether we an early exit from the Champions League will be all that bad.