Arsenal vs Barcelona | CL QF | Wed 31 March 19:45 | ITV1

Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by SA Gunner, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. outlaw_member

    outlaw_member New Member

    I think it had more to do with the fact no-one thought that they would be so utterly dominant against us. People expected a Barcelona win and them to control proceedings but they never thought that we would be embarassed at times by their sheer quality. It also indicates just how highly they rate us that they specifically devised an extremely high pressing line and that they valued their dominance at the Emirates above the many other games where they were also on top.
  2. outlaw_member

    outlaw_member New Member

    Was I the only one who thought that Henry was somewhat wasting time when he came on? He not only started running down cul-de-sacs but there were also moments where it seemed like he was saying to us 'come on lads, let's go for a casual run', then he would fall down and lose the ball. Like as if it was some time wasting ploy to stop Barcelona from creating an attack. He actually ended up helping us more then he did for his own team. Legend. :worthy
  3. dbig

    dbig Well-Known Member

    There was one moment when I thought he could have had a clear run at the goal but he sort of slowed down and went side ways a bit, allowing Song to get back into position. Not sure if that's the new Henry, but it was probably not what the Henry of Arsenal would have done.
  4. jerome2158

    jerome2158 New Member

    It was a bit hard to tell if he was doing it on purpose, or if it's just his age starting to show and take effect on his game.

    Though i like to think that even if it was age, he was dragging it out to help us a bit.
  5. KArsen

    KArsen New Member

    It was Barca's best performance of this season. They are not in the same form as last year, maybe due to Eto'o leaving or just players not playing at the same level as well. Infact I thought they used to play better last year than they did against us in this tie.

    Its not just that we look clueless without the ball, when pressurized we just dont give enough options quickly enough for the person with the ball to pass to. Lack of decision making and knowledge/practice of the pass and move game. Which has always suprised me since these youngsters coming from the youth/reserve team should already have learnt the pass and move over there. Except for Fabregas not one person stepping up from our youth/reserve team has been ready with the quick pass and move game when he joins the first team. Considering the way our team plays, shouldn't that be a criteria for joining up with the first team?
  6. dreamLord

    dreamLord New Member

  7. outlaw_member

    outlaw_member New Member

    Their fullbacks possess the ball more than anyone other position in the team bar the central midfielders. Even our fullbacks generally get alot of the ball, which is why it's so imperative that they are productive in one way or another.
  8. sabret00the

    sabret00the New Member Trusted

    :lol: @ Arshavin's successful passes.
  9. Shadow Moses

    Shadow Moses Well-Known Member

    Stick Nasri (who should play Cesc's position on Tues) on Xavi.
  10. dutchMasta

    dutchMasta New Member

    I know, hilarious wasn't it. Ripped my vocal chords laughing at that one.
  11. otfgoon

    otfgoon New Member

    Not all that funny when you consider Barca had about 98.89% of the ball in the time he was on the pitch.
  12. Jasard

    Jasard Forum Issue Troubleshooter Trusted

    Nasri 18.. blimey
  13. AnthonyG

    AnthonyG Arse Emeritus Administrator

    oooh, a colourful shiny chart that, like most charts of this ilk, don't mean Jack. :wink:
  14. law

    law New Member

    Denilson is a coward.
  15. outlaw_member

    outlaw_member New Member

    I thought this was an interesting point made by Arshavin. Thanks to Julius from the Lobby for the translation.

    I can understand that we would have wanted to play our own way against Barcelona, so there wasn't a particular need to conjur up an alternate gameplan, but it does amaze me that we didn't seem to devise anything whatsoever. Not that you would have expected any else, though.
  16. AnthonyG

    AnthonyG Arse Emeritus Administrator

    "Irrelevant your Honour"

  17. irishgunnerz

    irishgunnerz Moderator Moderator

    Never mind that! I dont remember Manny being that accurate :D
  18. dreamLord

    dreamLord New Member

    If Arshavin knows all this, why doesn't he take part in it?
  19. dutchMasta

    dutchMasta New Member

    Actually, was being sarcastic about Shava, find it shocking if anything. But Al though, props to him for being the only one to do better than his opposition number!
  20. sabret00the

    sabret00the New Member Trusted

    Our football works against them, however in order to attempt it, everyone has to do their jobs, a midfield that just backs off of the opponents isn't going to help us.

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