Arsenal supporters across the world have been preparing themselves mentally for what could and should be one of the most exciting fixtures of the season to date. The North London outfit welcome Barcelona to the Emirates, in a match that will reunite Alexis Sanchez with his former club. While it’s obvious the Chilean will be a fundamental piece to the puzzle for the Gunners if they are to progress, Arsene Wenger is also calling for discipline.
It wasn’t too long ago that one Van Purse Strings was sent off at the Nou Camp for kicking the ball into the net after the official blew the whistle. In all honesty, I still believe that sending off was a load of sh*t, but either way, it’s interesting that Le Prof decided to mention that in his press conference. At the time of the sending off, the match was tied 1-1, but down to ten men, things got difficult, as we all know.
As a side note, while I refreshed my brain and watched the highlights of that match, I really can’t help to believe that if Arsenal were able to compete then, why shouldn’t they be able to compete now? Manuel Almunia was our goalkeeper after Szczesny picked up a hand injury, Djourou started alongside Koscielny and glass legs Diaby got the start.
Arsenal have a much better squad than they did then, with a lot more depth, so while Barcelona are expected to progress, my love for the Gunners really has me hopeful of an upset, and that starts in the first-leg at the Emirates! #COYG!!
Have a listen below as Le Prof shared his thoughts on Tuesday’s match, as did Olivier Giroud. He mentions Judas around the 16:00.