Let’s get this done…no drama!
I guess it is only fair to say everyone had a very good weekend Arsenally (yeah, that’s a new word from me), considering the fact that we got all three points on the same day Manchester United and Chelsea dropped two each. I wish I had something to say about Liverpool but apparently they have more games than points which is rather sad for a club of their pedigree. But that is not why I’m writing this, so I won’t get all emotional over their plight. I’m simply trying to put you in the right frame of mind, going into our Champions League Match against Shakhtar Donetsk tonight.
First let’s take a look at the facts, Arsenal have won three of their four Champions League home games against Ukrainian opposition, the exception being a 1-1 draw with Dynamo Kiev played at Wembley Stadium in 1998. Arsenal and Shakhtar were drawn against each other in the 2000-01 Champions League Group Stage and the Gunners came back from 0-2 down to win 3-2 thanks to two late Martin Keown goals; remember his celebration?
We have only lost two of our last 35 Champions league home matches and those were both against English opposition.Also, Arsenal have only lost two of their last 35 Champions League home matches and those were both against English opposition(United and Chelsea, I guess). The Ukrainian champions also have 6 points from two games so the boys should not assume this would be a walkover. It is like a battle for the top spot!
There is a man in the middle of all these, a certain Crozilian, Eduardo Da Silva and he might play a part in Shakhtar Donetsk attack. In his press conference,Eduardo got very emotional and touched on a few things.
“I don’t think I’ll celebrate if I score. I had great moments there and I have respect for the supporters, for Mr Wenger and the club”.
WE HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT AND LOTS OF LOVE FOR YOU TOO DUDU!!!
Seven of Dudu’s eleven appearances for the Ukrainian champions have come from the bench and he also has four goals to his name. Not a bad start, you say?
Arsenal are set to welcome back inspirational captain Cesc Fabregas as he has returned to the squad over the weekend although a starting place is not guaranteed, with Arsene Wenger saying on the club’s official website that he did not know whether or not to start him. My guess is we’ll see the same team that started on Saturday with maybe the exception of Theo on the right. Cesc and Nikky B should be on the bench. Everyone is rooting for Theo to play and work some of that “Usain Bolt magic” .
So, we need to get this game behind us and focus on the Citeh game. We started the engine well against Birmingham, so we should have enough to finish off this game early and rest some of our best legs for the cracker against the Northern Chavs. I’m looking forward to a huge win, reminiscent of those great European nights at the Grove, 3-0 , 4-0, 5-0 perhaps; or will we be stunned again? I really hope not because I’m not in the mood for any drama whatsoever.
Probable Starting XI: Fabianski; Eboue, Squillaci, Djourou, Clichy; Nasri, Song, Wilshere; Walcott, Chamakh, Arshavin.
We are the Arsenal, let’s do this!
From wherever you are reading, have fun still. It may be an unforgettable night.
Faf says so!