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Liverpool V Arsenal

A combination of poor form and bad luck means that Arsenal's season now depends on the outcome of this game.

If we lose then there will be nothing to play for, and it'll be yet another season that's viewed as a failure. If we win, then there's a chance this season can become a massive success.

The last two meetings between the teams have not been the most entertaining games witnessed at the Emirates, but both managers have expressed their intention to give it a go tonight. Wenger spoke of the need to play at a high tempo, while Benitez has vowed that his team will go for a win, and not play for a 0-0 draw.

Many people, including Kolo Toure believed that the first leg would be like a Premiership game, not a Champions League game. But they were wrong. Liverpool lined up just as they normally do in the Champions League, with the same tactics they deploy in teh Champions League. And they came away with a good result.

Arsenal know that a defeat or a 0-0 will spell the end of their Champions League campaign. 1-1 isn't the end of the world, but you would fancy Liverpool in extra time or penalties.

Liverpool may be famous for 'great European nights', but Arsenal haven't done too bad in the last couple of years. Real Madrid and Juventus were well beaten on our run to the final in 06, while AC Milan were given a footballing lesson over the two legs in the last round.

Vital Quotes:

Wenger believes that his side can still complete an historic double and win both the Premiership and Champions League.

'I still believe we can finish as champions in the league but we need to win at United on Sunday,' said Wenger.

'I also believe we can win the Champions League. I wouldn't be here if I didn't think that.'

The Arsenal manager then went on to speak of what it will take to win at Anfield: 'We need a similar spirit to the one we showed at the San Siro.

'I believe we have to go into the game with the same positive attitude.

'I believe we can win anywhere in the world. We are not going to play the game to go to penalties, we will play it to win.

'There will be more urgency in this game and less observation. My wish is not to be patient. I want to score early goals.'

The last three sentances there are not something we're used to hearing from Wenger. Normally he'd emphasize the need to be patient in a big game. So is he trying to instill some fight and a bit of hunger into his players?

Rafa Benitez believes the Liverpool fans will have a big part to play. He hopes that Arsenal will be affected as Chelsea were there in the semi final as Chelsea were 3 years ago: 'You could feel the atmosphere against Chelsea in the semi-final and I expect that to be the same this time. Our fans can also hold the key.

'I saw Chelsea affected by the Kop, it was clear. Hopefully it will be the same again.

'When you have to face our fans for 90 minutes on top of you, then it is not easy for the majority of players.

Liverpool Team News:

Jermaine Pennant has joined Harry Kewell and Daniel Agger on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury at The Grove on Saturday.

However, Javier Mascherano returns to the midfield for Benitez's side.

The Liverpool gaffer has a decision to make up front too. Does he bring the talented Torres back into the team? Or does he stick with Crouch? A player that seems to do well against Arsenal. He's almost certain to put Torres back in there, but it's something for him to think about.

Player to watch: Javier Mascherano

The firey Argentine was outstanding in the first leg. If it were not for him (and Bendtner's goal-line clearence), then the scorline coming into tonights match would look very different.

Arsenal Team News:

Some positive news for Arsenal fans! Robin Van Persie has been included in the 18-man squad for the Anfield trip.

The Dutchman was a doubt after suffering a thigh injury in the first leg.

Rosicky, Sagna and Eduardo are all missing still. Abou Diaby returnds as his suspension does not apply to European competition.

Player to watch: Theo Walcott

The electirc forward is likely to start on the bench, but he is making a name for himself as an impact player. He came on at half time in the last leg, and put Liverpool's defence under pressure straight away. Let's hope we see more of the same tonight.

Ref Watch:

Swedish referee Peter Frojdfeldt will take control of the second leg.

Match Prediction:

I'm afriad that Arsenal are on their way out. I'm going for 1-1 after 90 minutes, and Liverpool to win in extra time.

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 8 2008

Time: 3:33PM

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Good luck tonight! Hope we meet in the semis..... that if we beat Fener tonight (hopefully).
Fan of Blues
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08/04/2008 15:39:00

Even if i'm french, i really think Liverpool will go in the semi-finals. Torres and Gerrard for the goals against one from Hleb for Arsenal. 2-1 for Liverpool.
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08/04/2008 15:40:00

I can't make my mind up on this win. I just don't know what to expect, but I really am hoping for a win, or at least progression to the semis.
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08/04/2008 16:15:00

mind up on this one** (shows how much I'm wishing for a win!)
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08/04/2008 16:23:00

Liverpool will get owned.....!
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08/04/2008 16:58:00

Come on scousers, they are a spent force....!
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08/04/2008 17:58:00

Quite an easy win if im being totally honest.
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08/04/2008 19:03:00

diaby on the left. what a disaster. the man doesn't even begin to understand the position. can't believe it. come on cesc! save us!
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08/04/2008 19:35:00

some delicious pie for me. thanks diaby.
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08/04/2008 20:00:00

Me too! Eating the pie!!!
Lou the Gunneress
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08/04/2008 20:03:00

Brilliant game so far, could go either way.
Real Deal
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08/04/2008 20:20:00

At least the commentators have to shut their gobs about advantage Liverpool due to the 'precious' away goal. Now it's down to the last 45, or 75, or 75+ penalty kicks. It's now advantage Arsenal- we each get a goal in the second half, we're through.
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08/04/2008 20:43:00

why big phil ain't tight against hyypia i'll never know. at corners if you don't get the bal, get the man. He got neither of them and goal. Schoolboy defending.
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08/04/2008 20:47:00

Ahhhh...what a shame....
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08/04/2008 21:42:00

Was it a penalty. Or as legal as the one they knocked us out?
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08/04/2008 21:43:00

The final wheel has just come off, I predicted you'd finish with ***kall and I was right, the scousers give you a good hiding, yeeeeehhhhaaaaa!!
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08/04/2008 21:43:00

It can be frustrating being a Gooner. We're set to go through and Babel gets a penalty rather than a yellow. I fear a win against Manure next weekend only hands the title to the Chavs. But I'll take a win against Manure- there isn't much difference between the Chavs and the Mancs except Dracula is slightly more likeable than old Purple Nose. (sigh)
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08/04/2008 21:46:00

Nonsense decision again.. it has cost us again.. this is just BS. Absolute f******* nonsense! I cant believe wt i've witnessed.. is there some sort of conspiracy against us?
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08/04/2008 21:48:00

Steve gerrad gerrard, he's big and he's f u( kin hard, he scores from 40 yards, steve gerrard gerrard.
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08/04/2008 21:51:00

Give United the beating of their lives. If they win the title, they'll look back at an Arsenal beating. If we win, we'll owe you one, and if we beat Liverpool, it's all good.
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08/04/2008 21:51:00

*** all, your gonna win *** alll, your gonna win *** alll, Your gonna win **** all.
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08/04/2008 21:52:00

gotta go girls I got laughin cramp.
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08/04/2008 21:54:00

This ones dedicated to you jaelle, little dutch and puregold.
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08/04/2008 21:54:00

wtf is going on... its like a gazillion bad decisions against us in the last month or so. fu(k... Our whole season's down the drain because of these idiots...
Spartan Gooner
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08/04/2008 21:55:00

Lmao, conspiracy against you...face it it WAS a penalty. Toure pulled him back. End of.
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08/04/2008 21:56:00

I hope this guy and the guy who refereed in the previous match never referee again.. I mean the main decisions have all gone against us.. Dont they have eyes? I mean the tie should have been a lot tougher for Liverpool who must be thinking that they've won some sort of a lottery..
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08/04/2008 21:57:00

I'm sorry to say this, as LD has stated several times, once again we've proven putting all your eggs in one basket is a dangerous game to play, also having the money and not spending it is equally dangerous, but rest assurred I'm certain lessons will be learned from this collapse, gutted, truly gutted
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08/04/2008 21:58:00

Toure didnt even touch Babel.. unless you think he has an invisible third hand to pull him down.. Babel dived.. and I think that is end of.
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08/04/2008 21:59:00

mascherano should have been off aswell, he's dishing out a card to Senderos, and totally ignoring about 4 blatant fouls from this piece of work
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08/04/2008 22:01:00

And I simply dont understand what Wenger sees in Senderos to play him in the 1st 11.. its just unbelievable! He was caught out on 2 goals today and I believe a combination of bad luck and Senderos have put the only realistic chance of a trophy for us down the drain.
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08/04/2008 22:02:00

Unlucky, Arsenal. I haven't come here to argue about whether or not it was a penalty but I think it was. Anyway, you played very well and even though you're out, I think you can hold your heads high.
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08/04/2008 22:16:00

Well said Aamir
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09/04/2008 10:25:00


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