Arsenal versus Barcelona – First leg

Posted: February 16, 2011 in European Football
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Here are the line ups folks –

Line ups

Arsenal – Szczesny, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Eboue, Walcott, Wilshere, Song, Fabregas, Nasri, Van Persie. Subs – Rosicky, Almunia, Denilson, Squillaci, Arshavin, Bendtner, Gibbs

Barcelona – Valdes, Dani Alves, Abidal, Pique, Maxwell, Busquets, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Villa, Messi. Subs – Keita, Correia, Pinto, Mascherano, Affelay, Bojan, Milito


Both managers playing their most attacking first XI’s possible. Its definitely going to be a cracker. Both teams follow an attacking philosophy. There are going to be some cracking battles, and there’s going to be one man who has got to be stopped – Lionel Messi.

The Independent apparently said that Messi hasn’t ever scored on English soil. Maybe, but that doesn’t prove a thing. He’s still a class act, if he doesn’t score, he’ll create, he’ll make space for others, and he’ll just frighten the shit out of the defence for good measure.

Djourou and Koscielny are a decent center back pairing. Whether they’ll be able to cope with the threat of Villa, Messi, Pedro, Iniesta and Xavi is what we’ll find out soon. I’m sure they’re going to have their hands full, but they need help from their central midfield trio of Song, Fabregas and Wilshere who need to keep hold of the ball. They need to get the ball wide to Walcott and Nasri who can attack the full backs.Van Persie needs to have a good game, hold up the ball and link well with his midfield. Considering the form he’s in, he’ll have a good game. The plan seems pretty simple of course, but the execution will be fucking difficult, I assure you.

So earlier on, I was in conversation with our newest contributor and fanatical Arsenal fan (he’s shaved the Arsenal logo off his great big bushy beard).  And here’s what he had to say

“The trump cards are Nasri and Theo if they fire today we can hurt the cunts. Especially that muppet maxwell…

Abidal in central defence isnt particularly impressive either….”

Enjoy a killer game, folks!


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