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    (Original post by Michelin Man)
    He can actually **** right off. He had stud marks in the back of his leg. I'm sure it didn't hurt at all. Just because he didn't break his leg doesn't make it an ok tackle FFS.

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,195...75367,00.html?
    I agree, how many Arsenal players' legs have to get horribly broken before people stop thinking that dangerous (he had a lot of momentum and no control) tackles such as that one are ok? :mad:
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    Spanish Football > English Football
    Some of the comments by English supporters over the last week about La Liga being rubbish, except for Barcelona, is laughable. Bitter.

    But Arsenal for the win please. I'd love it if they knocked them out. Arsenal have had rotten luck this season. I'm surprised they've fought so well this season after RvP went out. They have too many injuries and I'd consider it a miracle if they beat Barca, but I'm going for the underdog. You can do it.
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    (Original post by RobbieC)
    I wouldn't want us to abandon our way of playing, but we need to have a focussed counterattacking strategy in tandem with our quick passing, and need to up the tempo a little.

    Basically, not focus on merely outpossessing, as that won't really work... but passing quickly enough that they can't press us.

    That big pitch may work out very nicely for us.
    Indeed, that is absolutely key if Arsenal want to be in with a realistic chance. I agreed with you on this completely before the first leg, and after the outcome of that match, it just reinforces the point.

    Soaking up Barca pressure will obviously be a prerequisite, and the deeper midfielders will be absolutely key in this. Despite the poor performance last week, I think Diaby can be trusted with this role, but I have my doubts on how Denilson would fare. On the ball he's sound, and even though he's okay at breaking up play, I think he makes poor decisions off-the-ball too often.
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    (Original post by Jeppaloth)
    **** 'em up in the most unattractive way please. Barca are far too smug for my liking.
    Me or the team :awesome: To be fair their smugness can be backed up even though it is an undesirable trait.
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    (Original post by Sephirona)
    How on earth can you be living in England and support a Spanish team? Unless you're Spanish or have lived in Spain or something you seem like a fake. :rolleyes:
    Have had this debate countless of times but here we go again.
    Couple of points.

    - I have been only living in the UK for 6 years now, and supported Barcelona since 1998.
    - I'm not Spanish, never lived there nor do I speak the language, no connection to Spain whatsoever.

    Now my question to you is, is your geographical location a prerequisite for the team you support? Are Arsenal fans residing in Hungary, Japan or Namibia less of a fan than you are?

    If you think I'm fake than that's up to you but the notion that you have to support a team from the country you come from is not only a silly proposition but quite flawed when looking at a clubs international stance.
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    (Original post by Arsenal.com)
    Wenger - Nasri will lead our game in Barca

    Arsène Wenger says Samir Nasri will make Arsenal tick in Barcelona.

    The manager says his French midfielder will fill Cesc Fabregas' boots at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night after the captain was ruled out for the rest of the domestic season with a cracked fibula.

    “He [Nasri] will of course be important because he will lead our game," said Wenger.

    “I would love Cesc to be there 100 per cent. But we have no choice, we have to compensate a little bit.

    "I have to find a good balance in the side to make life difficult for Barcelona. But of course Nasri is one of the players who can create."

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-arc...ews+(News+Feed)
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    (Original post by Overmars)
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    Expected right?
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    So, Arsene says the obvious, right?
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    Yup. But you never would've known with Arsene. He also mentions something about waiting to see if he'll play Sol, so a midfield of Song, Diaby, Denilson wasn't unlikely. But now that he has hinted at Nasri taking Cesc's place, we know for sure he'll be playing centrally -- which is good news.
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    Drug Campbell up to the hilt, ye need Song in midfield, imo.
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    (Original post by RobbieC)
    Song and Verm will be drilled if they are to play together now. They'll be fine, as fine as any CB pairing against the best attacking force in club football.
    As much as I wish this was true, find it hard to believe...

    (Original post by Clubber Lang)
    Its all well and good saying rape them at 70mins with Walcott.

    I think the real issue is not getting raped in the first 70 mins yourselves.
    Have to agree with this, the key is not unleashing walcott on a tired barcelona team... although it COULD gift us a goal that's NOT going to win the tie. What will make/break Arsenal will be possession and distribution. That's why I think Rosicky should definitely start with Nasri. What scares me is our fill-in CB and Diaby having another off-day!
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