We sacrificed the FA Cup for tonight. I hope it was worth it. We face a rampant Bayern side in full pomp. Are we the underdogs? Probably yes. Is that a good place to be? Absolutely. No good comes from being the favourite to win.
Arsène can call all of the big guns rested for tonights game into the squad, but what kind of Arsenal performance are we looking at? Will we sit back and try to pick them off? Or will we play to our strengths and go at them. Personally I’d rather lose 3:4 than 0:2. Players will be up for this game, its a game that can make and break reputations and our young guns will need to stay calm and play to their abilities and not be afraid to play.
I think the side will look something like this;
I believe Arsène will gamble tonight. I think he knows our strength is in the freedom of Jack and Santi and the dynamic front three. We will need to play without inhibitions tonight. It is almost a no lose game. Everyone expects us to capitulate and we have to be strong enough to believe in our own way. If we lose – well it was expected, if we nick a result then it’s only half the job done. Freedom of the mind is something we all dream of, yet tonight we can play with that freedom. Arsène knows that if we lose he will get more criticism, but realistic fans know we aren’t good enough to beat Bayern over two legs. I certainly wouldn’t put money on it.
Jack, Santi, Podolski and Walcott could win it for us. In those four we have some real dynamic, clever, power players who can change a game in an instant. Bayern have their own however and they have real quality to bring on. Bayern won’t come out and play at the Emirates. They don’t need to. They will be more than happy to take it back to the Allianz Arena and win it in front of their fans so we need to be determined, direct and fearless.
Nothing less than the best will do.