Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Hansen - Arsenal Have A Chance Of CL Upset

Hansen - Arsenal Have A Chance Of CL Upset

Alan Hansen pundit for the New Football Pools says Arsenal will be happy to bring Man Utd back to the Emirates just one goal down.

'Manchester United should have booked their Champions League final place last night with the amount of opportunities they had to put the tie to bed. Unlike Chelsea, Arsenal don`t have the mentality to go to Old Trafford and defend solidly without the ball. Even when they don`t play well, they still get men forward, which means if they lose possession, they are open to a counter-attack. In contrast, Chelsea never really had the ball at the Nou Camp so were never ever going to be counter-attacked especially as they never got that many players forward. Arsene Wenger`s young team are not able to adapt to play tight and gain a 0-0 draw but despite playing poorly they will be happy to return to the Emirates only one goal down.

All credit must go to Manuel Almunia for keeping Arsenal in this tie as he made a string of saves against a United onslaught especially in the first half. He was one of the few Gunners players to emerge with any credit from the game although young Kieran Gibbs did well. The 19-year-old was up against some of the best attacking players in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney but did not look out of place. Unfortunately for Arsenal, Emmanuel Adebayor was very poor on the night. He failed to use his strength at all despite his size and barely held onto the ball for his side. He owes his manager a big performance in the 2nd leg at the Emirates after that showing.

The Arsenal defence was so wide open at times that it wouldn`t be an over-exaggeration to say United could have won this match 4-0. However, now Wenger`s team have got out of jail they have a real chance of upsetting Sir Alex`s team at the Emirates.

I`d be surprised if United play any differently at the Emirates as their pressing game worked well but there should be a marked improvement in the Arsenal performance and tactics. To be honest, I`d expect United to progress as they have players that can score anywhere and if they get one at the Emirates then Arsenal face a huge task to recover. However, Arsene Wenger`s side have shown they have the ability to pull off surprising results in the past and they may have to again.'

To visit the New Football Pools - click here where you find the The Classic Pools, Footy 15 and Premier 10 games.



For the very latest Premier League odds

For massive weekly jackpots - Play the Football Pools Online




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Thursday April 30 2009
Time: 5:38PM

Comments

0
we could have put the tie to bed ourselves by scoring two away goals!! I ...think our best chance now is to take it to extratime
49ers
01/05/2009 06:24:00
0
we could have put the tie to bed ourselves by scoring two away goals!! I ...think our best chance now is to take it to extratime
49ers
01/05/2009 06:24:00
0
Were all behind you next week
Tiny T
01/05/2009 22:11:00
0
Were all behind you next week
Tiny T
01/05/2009 22:11:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Arsenal Articles

Line-Up vs Bournemouth - Walcott Benched

C'mon you Gunners

The Arsenal Walking Wounded - Injury List

Our weekly update looking at the injury table and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

The Arsenal Walking Wounded - Injury List

Our weekly update looking at the injury table and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Freddie - It Feels Great To Give Something Back

Arsenal legend on his return to the club

Archived Vital Arsenal Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Rocky7
Profile
ClockEnd124
Profile
Amos
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM vs Cech
Suggested By:
Cech9%
Petr Cech91%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
4 Arsenal 24 13 6 5 45 15
5 Man Utd 24 11 7 6 40 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 24 7 8 9 29 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 24 7 7 10 28 -10
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Arsenal Fixtures (view all)

Feb 7 2016 1:30PM : AFC Bournemouth (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 14 2016 12:00PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Hull City (H)
FA Cup
Feb 28 2016 2:05PM : Manchester United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 2 2016 7:45PM : Swansea City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 12:45PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Naijagunner8
2.Afcdc2
3.Catcatcher 1
4.princeoflove9091
5.Joe_@**1
6.Guyfox1