UK time is: 01:37:56
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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.

The Journalist

Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 30 2009

Time: 5:38PM

Your Comments

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
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
Were all behind you next week
Tiny T
Were all behind you next week
Tiny T
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Will I Leave? I Want A New Contract! (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Diaby Is Back & Ready To Play (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Stats: Hull City v Arsenal (Sunday April 20 2014)

Team News: Hull City vs Arsenal (Sunday April 20 2014)

Match Discussion - Hull City (a) (Friday April 18 2014)

So it's OK to dive sometimes? (Wednesday April 16 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Arsenal Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Amos. 94
2. Naijagunner 64
3. Rocky7 45
4. Galway Gooner 39
5. paul_ownz 39
6. shewore 36
7. Merlion96 19
8. Nwankwo25 17
9. Joe_@** 16
10. Guyfox 12

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Hull City 0 - 3 Arsenal
Arsenal 3 - 1 West Ham
Everton 3 - 0 Arsenal
Arsenal 1 - 1 Man City
Arsenal 2 - 2 Swansea
Chelsea 6 - 0 Arsenal

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Liverpool 35 25 5 5 52 80
2. Chelsea 35 23 6 6 41 75
3. Man City 34 23 5 6 56 74
4. Arsenal 35 21 7 7 21 70
5. Everton 35 20 9 6 23 69
6. Spurs 35 19 6 10 2 63
7. Man Utd 34 17 6 11 16 57

Breaking League News

Will Swansea City Take Risk And Appoint Monk?
Swansea : 23/04/2014 21:48:00
Have Your Say In The Vital Swansea Message Forum
Swansea : 23/04/2014 21:35:00
Liverpool: Reds To Spend Big In Summer
Liverpool : 23/04/2014 19:40:00
FA To Get Their Pound of Flesh
Chelsea : 23/04/2014 19:07:00
Chelsea : 23/04/2014 16:40:00
Boss Urges Fans To Fill the Stadium of Light
Sunderland : 23/04/2014 15:27:00
Borini Picks Up Young Player Gong
Sunderland : 23/04/2014 15:02:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM vs Hull City
Suggested By:  
Szczesny 3%
Sagna 0%
Mertesacker 0%
Koscielny 7%
Monreal 0%
Arteta 7%
Rambo 46%
Ozil 7%
Cazorla 0%
Podolski 23%
Giroud 7%
Flamini 0%
Ox 0%
Sanogo 0%