Sagna – Toure – Djourou – Gibbs
Song – Diaby
Walcott – Cesc – Nasri
AdebayorThere is a fear that without Arshavin, we may see the semi-final performance type of game, but I really think that game was decided by a bad pitch and some bad defending and bad goalkeeping. With Almunia back in the squad, I’m sure the confidence will be restored amongst the defence, and that’s important. And of course, with Djourou, the high balls can be defended better. Arsene has been in the news today and he’s been talking about the away goals rule and how it affects the two legs.
“At this level you have to be audacious away,” said the manager speaking before the weekend. “The weight of the away goal in European football could be discussed I feel. It may be a little bit too heavy. “We have spoken about it, maybe making it a Carling Cup rule where it only comes in at extra time. At the moment you are encouraged to be very cautious at home but very audacious away from home.”I think Arsene has a point, but I do think it adds some spice to the game. It gives the two games a dimension. A reason for the away team to attack and if it wasn’t there then the away team would always play for a 0-0. The away goal rule makes the two legs different and is part of how it works. But I see what Arsene means about trying to win it in normal “game time”, ie, within extra time first and then if not, let the away goals rule apply. There is so much more to discuss, bit unfortunately, not enough time tonight… More tomorrow…]]>