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Can you pick the Arsenal side for the Barca game?

Can you pick the Arsenal side for the Barca game?

Taking a narrow lead into the CL game against Barca offers a tantalising chance of progress. It probably isn't enough and their away goal they have could yet prove crucial. But it's a one off game and history proves that anything can happen in a one off game. Batter the opposition in the 2001 FA cup final and end up on the losing side. Get battered in the 2005 final and take the trophy. "Events dear boy", as Harold MacMillan once said, are what really shapes our destiny as the Carling Cup has shown.

There are some choices to make for this game. We've got a chance no matter how small many will tell us it is so what team would give us the best chance? We can assume with everyone fit as we anticipate that the back 5 should pick itself. But should we make changes for this game? If so who, where and why? Cesc may be back in midfield and Wilshere should probably be alongside him based on his first leg performance or should we do something different for an away game that we need to keep tight? Who would make up the midfield? A defensive player Diaby or Denilson? Move Nasri back perhaps? The better possession we can keep the less Barca will have the ball to damage us with. Rosicky offers better ball retention than many others in the side. Do we find room for him?

RvP is out so who plays up front? Chamakh or Bendtner? What does one offer over the other? Arshavin didn't start in the first leg. Why not? Was this a nod towards the need to keep as much control of the ball as we could? Is his direct style more important later in the game as has been suggested in previous encounters when Barca might tire?

Can you pick the team for the game? Who would you pick to give us the best chance of going through and why?






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Writer:Amos
Date:Monday March 7 2011
Time: 3:09PM

Comments

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RVP IS IN THE SQUAD!!! Arsene's been sneaky!
jaelle
07/03/2011 15:40:00
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Dangling us all like puppets.
Wyn Mills
07/03/2011 15:43:00
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Arsene, you sly old bugger...
julieloveshenry4ever
07/03/2011 15:47:00
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If Arsene would have kept that quiet till tomorrow, every single person in this thread would have been wrong.

Is Wenger risking it, or did he know all along and is playing mind games?
Rocky7
07/03/2011 15:54:00
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Wow is all I can say, does this also mean Theo is not far from being returned? Surprised Ramsay was not allowed to travel would have been great experience. That game against Manure is looking more and more interesting.
alwaysgunner
07/03/2011 15:55:00
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Hey??? Rvp?? What's that all about??
Gooner_Vin
07/03/2011 15:58:00
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Szczesny, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy, Sagna,Diaby, Fabregas, Nasri, Wilshere, Eboue, Chamakh.. Subs: Almunia, Squillaci, Arshavin, Rosicky, Bendtner, RVP.. I for one would hv lined up a 3 man central defense to negate the threat of pedro, messi and david villa.. if we need to chase the game we can always bring on van persie and arshavin later on
McGooner
07/03/2011 16:11:00
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If RvP is fit and does play I'm going Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Denilson, Cesc, Wilshere, Nasri, RvP, Rosicky with a bench of Almunia, Eboue, Gibbs, Squillaci, Diaby, Arshavin, Bendtner. Has the best chance of competing for possession with Barca and should give us a chance.
Amos.
07/03/2011 16:14:00
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I can't argue with that Amos. Would love to have Arshavin in there as he's really been getting back into form recently, but we really can't afford his defensive incapabilities from the outset. As LD rightly said, it's imperitive that we don't concede in the first 30 minutes, and we need all hands to the pump to make sure that doesn't happen. As much as I love AA, he just doesn't offer Clichy that cover. Rosicky may be regressing as far as his aproach play is concerned, but the dude is good in the tackle. Arshavin will get some pitch time should we need a goal though!
Rocky7
07/03/2011 16:17:00
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Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Denilson, Cesc, Wilshere, Nasri, RvP, Gibbs Bench; Almunia, Eboue, Rosicky, Squillaci, Diaby, Arshavin, Bendtner
Wyn Mills
07/03/2011 16:30:00
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