Song Out For Barca Tie, Fabregas Returns

***UPDATE*** The post had to be tweaked a little to bring you news that just reached us from Arsenal which is Fabregas is 90% fit to face Barca while Alex Song is definitely out ouf the tie, which might see Diaby deputise for him.

Morning to all you readers out there, what a weekend. First we blow the chance to eat well into Manure’s lead and then Lady luck favours us as Manure were ‘Kuyt Napping’ at Anfield. Get the joke? Oh well unto the tie which Arsene Wenger blamed as being a distraction for the players against S’land. Its Barca at the Nou Camp.

Ever since the first leg was concluded, the odds slightly shifted in our favour to progress at their expense but in that period we’ve lost the Carling Cup to B’ham, defeated Orient by 5 goals and found Sunderland impossible to beat not to mention the injuries to key players RVP(in the form of his life), Fabregas(who is fit to start on tuesday) and Song(already ruled out by some media outlets).

I really hope we won’t have to point to their absence as an excuse should we not progress after all they have problems of their own with their first choice centre back pair (Puyol and Pique) missing through injury and suspension. Barca have never been known for their defensive prowess so it might not bother them a lot but I sense it will depending on the forward who plays for us. Should we go with Bendtner who flattered to deceive on Saturday after bagging a hat-trick against Orient, or go with the more seasoned Chamakh who looks to be returning to full fitness? Whoever gets the nod must play like Tevez or Ji Sun Park come that night.

Another scare was avoided after Wilshere picked up a knock only for him to assure Arsenal fans via his twitter account that he’s fit. Whew. Thank God for that. The midfield is where the game would be won. We don’t want to speculate on team news for now till Arsene gives his press conference but am guessing at least two enforced changes would be made with Sagna returning from a suspension, and Arshavin for the injured Theo.

Whatever the team, whoever plays must give 150% on the pitch and if there must, ‘Let there be blood‘ Fabregas for the inspiration, Nasri for the spark and creativity, Wilshere for the hardwork and doggedness and the defence for a mission impossible, which is to keep Barca from scoring. If we score first, we’ll be home and dry that I know of.

Your thoughts?


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Posted on March 7, 2011, in Match Preview, News and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. B52 is in better form than Chamakh. However Chamakh’s love affair with scoring in this competition cannot be ignored. Our problems lie in the defensive midfield having said that we will progress.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. Wenger gave a hint yesterday that Chamakh might get the nod ahead of the Dane. If we can score an early goal and ask Diaby to do the simple the simple way without putting us in trouble, we’ll be just fine.

  3. i tink we wil miss song but diaby is rough enough to get d midfield out of d hands of xavi n iniesta

  4. I’ll really like Barca to be kicked out and i hope you guyz do the job but camp nou will not be an easy place to play..I say switch on a Chelsea approach and hit them on the counter….

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