Red Army Ready to Battle The Germans 19 February, 2013Posted by lasagnechef in Arsenal News.
I haven’t really got time for a match preview today, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.
We might’ve fucked up our chances of FA Cup glory, however you look at it we pretty much gambled those chances on getting a result tonight. Now Mr. Wenger, it’s time to see if those chips on red come in. We’re fresh and (should be) focused, let’s see what we can do against Europe’s form side of 2012/13. We’ve faced similar uphill tasks in this competition recently, obvious thoughts go back to the famous 2-1 victory over Barcelona a couple years back. Can we do it again?
Koscielny looks the only doubt, but apparently he posted on his Facebook today, very aptly put, he is ‘ready for the battle’. So I think we’ll line up as follows:
Sagna – Mertesacker – Koscielny – Vermaelen
Arteta – Wilshere
Walcott – Giroud – Podolski
Now without Gibbs/Monreal, I see that as the strongest possible Arsenal side we can possibly field. So there’s no excuses. Arsene rates our team highly, so it’s time to prove what it’s worth.
I was dreading this match yesterday, but now I’m well up for it. I can’t call the result whatsoever, however I can be sure I’ll be fucking rocking in there tonight. We’ll have forgotten about the misery of Blackburn and I expect full volume in the ground. Thoughts go back to the infamous Man United 2nd leg a few years back, where the ground was the loudest I’ve ever seen it but that was soon hushed by an early away goal; I think that’s my only wish tonight, do not concede early – preferably not in the first half. Arsene was bigging up the positives of a 0-0 draw this week and saying we know it’s an 180 minute match so won’t be rushing. So we might expect an Arsenal side uncharacteristically keen to slow the game down, keep possession and dictate the pace. Saying that, who knows!
I’ve got a pile of work to get on with in order that I make the game on time tonight so I better get on. All I hope is this time tomorrow we’re still in the tie. Win? Well I’d be over the fucking moon.
If you’re joining me at The Emirates tonight, it sounds like there are plans for a rally of ‘RED ARMY!’ to echo round the ground. So I urge you to join in, not that you’ll need encouraging…