When Bacary Sagna intercepted the ball at 55:17 on the clock in the game against Wolves, the Frenchman was facing his own goal and Wolves had 9 outfield players pressing inside the Arsenal half.
From that point the Gunners took 10 touches in just 14 seconds as the ball was moved by 7 players. At 55:31 the back of the Wolves net was rippling.
We can get a decent overall picture of the movement of the ball and the players from the following graphic created using the Guardian Chalkboards.
An even better perspective comes from the following screenshot taken at the moment Cesc was playing the through ball for Theo.
As you can see, Wolves had 8 players (underlined) pressing deep in the Arsenal half. They also had two defenders around the halfway line.
This is the kind of pressing Arsenal are going to encounter for 180 minutes in the Champions League. In fact, we can be pretty certain the quality of Barcelona’s pressing will be much better than what Wolves did.
Nevertheless, if Arsenal can maintain the shape as they did in this case and move the ball at the speed they did, we can be sure the Gunners will create clear cut chances against the favourites.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this will be enough to win. But if the movie lives up to this trailer it will be one hell of a game.
More thoughts on the game in the next couple of days.