Strangely, or predictably, the English consensus is that Arsenal will be lucky not to get a thrashing at the hands of Barcelona, yet outside of the British media the prognosis is much more in favour of an Arsenal win.
This morning I’m thinking, damn that pass from Song to Cesc for the penalty was lush, Arshavin still better than Rooney, man we create lots of chances, if we were to play Barça today we’d spank those fuckers.
A battle between an obdurate defence and a potent offence, a clash of ideology playing to win versus playing not to lose, a confrontation between lavish spending and frugal economics.
Romantic as it is to go out in a blaze of glory, the financial difference between going out in the round of 16 and losing in the quarter finals of the Champions League is massive. Meeting Barcelona in the Semi finals or losing in the finals could be a £25 million pound difference.
Both sides were shit, both contrived to give away the ball as often as they could without it looking too unprofessional, United simply edged it and 1-0 was no more or less than they deserved. Truth be told if that was between two mid-table teams we would be lamenting the shoddy football displayed last night.
Thoughts turn to the round of sixteen, where there is a 50 percent chance of a meeting with one of the Spanish giants. The question now is whether it’s better to meet them earlier on in the draw or avoid as much as you can?
How to fix Arsenal’s leaky defence? Score more than the opposition scores against you. Keeping it tight and all that is fine, but isn’t keeping it tight and not scoring worse than giving up one or two goals and failing to score?
A post made up entirely of comments from cup half empty Arsenal fans around the interwebs and on the airwaves.