Even Sir Alex Ferguson has said this is Manchester United’s biggest game ever and considering the youth of Arsenal, it is even bigger for the Gunners.
Arsenal will be boosted by the possible return of forward van Persie. Playing with two forwards when goals are desperately needed was essential so it’s great to have the Dutchman back fit. Now Wenger has to start him.
As van Persie might come in, Silvestre might only make it to the bench. The former United player has a groin problem and might not be risked with a start (I hope so!).
The importance of the match cannot be stressed enough. For such a young side to reach the semi finals is not an ordinary achievement. It is something even the likes of Real Madrid haven’t managed to do in quite a long time now.
But the 1-0 deficit could prove to be dangerous. One away goal and Arsenal will then have to score an unlikely 3 goals against Vidic, Ferdinand and van der Saar. That is going to be very tough.
Arsenal will have to try and get an early goal. That goal can shift the advantage towards Arsenal. The longer Arsenal fail to score tonight, the tougher the chances of progressing will become so certainly an early goal is vital.
But apart from the early goal Arsenal have to defend exceptionally well. Almunia, Sagna, Gibbs and Toure can do the job well but the problem rests with the other central defender. If Silvestre is started then the tie will be nearly over right at that moment. A start for Djourou and the chances will be better. This side has 8 consecutive clean sheets at the Emirates. Making that nine and scoring a couple of goals with it will be a huge achievement!
It will be interesting to see who starts. Wenger must not make any big mistakes this time like he did in the FA Cup final. DON’T PLAY DIABY. I would prefer Song ahead of Denilson. And please play Nasri on the left instead of as a holding midfielder. Walcott on the right and van Persie playing just behind Adebayor.
Sagna Toure Djourou Gibbs
Walcott Fabregas Nasri
This line-up has got defensive stability and a decent attack that can get even three goals when needed. Lets hope Wenger goes for it. Fingers crossed!
After the result of the first leg I had lost hope of progressing but now I am confident this side can do it. They can stop United from scoring and they can score 3 against United.
2-0 to Arsenal!