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Team News: Arsenal v. Barcelona

The combination of the weekends disappointing result with the magnitude of tonight`s match has seen me take somewhat of a break from football over the past couple of days. I'm sure plenty of column inches have been filled with 'Cesc will play', 'Cesc won't play', 'Cesc has Barca DNA', blah blah blah. It's all too predictable. Well whatever the papers said, I can confirm that Fabregas is in the starting XI, along with William Gallas. Take a look for yourself.

Arsenal Starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Song, Diaby, Fabregas, Arshavin, Nasri, Bendtner

You know what? Besides van Persie, that`s probably our best lineup.

Arsenal Bench: Fabianski, Eboue, Campbell, Denilson, Rosicky, Walcott, Eduardo

Barcelona Starting XI: Valdes, Alves, Puyol, Pique, Maxwell, Busquets, Keita, Xavi, Messi, Pedro, Ibrahimovic

Barcelona Bench: Pinto, Marquez, Bojan, Henry, Milito, Yaya Toure, Jeffren

Massimo Busacca is the head official for this match. The Swiss referee is one of UEFA`s top rated officials, and he managed the United v. Barca final in Rome last May.

Enjoy the match Gooners; let's hope it lives up to expectations.
Also, remember to bundle up, it`s cold in the N5!

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

Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Wednesday March 31 2010
Time: 7:05PM


Good luck lads from Vital Chelsea!
31/03/2010 19:12:00
Good line-up indeed, if Cesc and Gallas are (close to) 100%! We've also got the great subs Tomas and Booboo, albeit being a bit light on the defensive side on the bench. Is anyone else a tad worried about the left hand side and hoping Nasri will play there to help Clichy, with Arshavin on the right?
31/03/2010 19:24:00
I just hope Wenger isn't taking a risk with Cesc.
31/03/2010 19:28:00
Special dispensation to drop to the bench for Cesc apparently.
31/03/2010 19:33:00
I hope he's OK, we really can't afford to lose him for the rest of the season.
31/03/2010 19:36:00
Good luck, fellas. For the good of English football-(for this game at least) Up the Arsenal Without Sol Campbell!
31/03/2010 19:41:00
Cesc starts Julie.
31/03/2010 19:44:00
Well Cesc is leading them out. So much for the bench. Here goes.
31/03/2010 19:44:00
I have a healthy heart but even I am struggling with this...
31/03/2010 19:58:00
this is desperate stuff..
31/03/2010 20:02:00
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