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Pick Your Arsenal Team To Play Barcelona

Arsenal take on Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 and the Gunners will be keen to get a good result in the first leg on Tuesday.

The London side will be high on confidence following their 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend, but manager Arsene Wenger will have to make do without some first team regulars against the Spaniards.

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crazyturkey4149d ago (Edited 4149d ago )

Sagna - Djourou - Koscielny - Clichy
. Song - Fabregas - Wilshere
- Walcott - Van Persie - Arshavin (Save Nasri for the last 30 mins.)

Yi-Long4149d ago

... Barcelona will walk all over Arsenal again.

I'd put a bit more defensive midfielders in there, and then Van Persie behind Walcott, both in a free role, to drive the Barca defense insane and keep the field 'long', so the Barca defenders can't join their midfield without fear of getting caught with too much room behind them.

I don't see Arsenal winning this match though. Especially not with the tactical decisions Wenger usually comes up with.

crazyturkey4149d ago (Edited 4149d ago )

I see your reasoning, but unfortunately Diaby is out and Wenger won't play Denilson. Eboue is Available but he is the Sub for Song or Sagna. Wilshere and Song will have to fight to get the ball as best as they can. Arshavin/Nasri, Walcott and Fabregas will at least try to get back and help them both. Now, Arsenal trying to play more defensively is absurd for the way they know how to play. Playing in a way that they don't know how to play is for me more dangerous.

Yi-Long4149d ago

... a team shouldn't play the way it isn't used to playing. Arsenal is at it's best when they can go for the attack.

However, Arsenal's defensive midfield is absolutely lacking when you're playing against a team/midfield like Barca, especially if you play like Arsenal did a year ago, when they also wanted to play their own game and it was just a collection of defensive errors.

So if you want to stand a chance, you'll need to shut down Barca's midfield and be on their ass 100% of the time, catch the ball early, and quickly hit them with a throughpass by Van Persie or Fabregas on Walcott. That SHOULD keep the field between Barca's defense and midfield stretched, making it much easier to shut down their build-up.