Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Roma, la la la la, Roma, la la la la, Romaaaa

To the tune of Lola by The Kinks, but sounded better in my head  Ah well.

Roma away tonight, our hosts are depleted while the squad that flew out last night is full of freshly fit attacking options:

Arsenal squad for AS Roma
1 Manuel ALMUNIA (GK)
2 Abou DIABY
3 Bacary SAGNA
5 Kolo TOURE
8 Samir NASRI
10 William GALLAS
12 Carlos VELA
16 Aaron RAMSEY
17 Alex SONG
20 Johan DJOUROU
21 Lukasz FABIANSKI (GK)
22 Gael CLICHY
26 Nicklas BENDTNER
27 Emmanuel EBOUE
40 Kieran GIBBS

As I said in a previous post, this and Blackburn are the two games on which we should judge if Arsenal are back, although I’d still say Blackburn will be more of an effective marker as we tend to be more “up” for the bigger games.

I expect Le Boss with go with the 4-5-1 we’ve been using in European matches, probably with Bendtner starting like in the first leg, so lets see how his confidence is now following his salvo vs WBA last week. Roma will be a different animal tonight and certainly no where near as poor as they were in the first leg, however with their injury crisis I’m expecting us to nick one tonight and go through, or at least that’s what I’m hoping! Wenger insists that we will attack and has laid down the gauntlet to the players:

“What we are playing for at the moment is the destiny of this team. How much do we want to be the best? That is what is at stake. But I am confident. I feel the quality is there and the mental desire is there. It is down to us to show it.”

Big words from the boss, lets hope he’s right, we aren’t left to rue those missed chances in the first leg and advance to our second quarter final this week.



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