AC Milan (The Emirates Stadium, London)
Champions League 2nd Round, 1st Leg
Wednesday 20th February 2008
Kick Off: 7.45pm – Live On Sky Sports 2
Well I’m still in shock over Saturday’s game against Manchester United in the FA Cup. For a competition we really valued in years gone by has now been reduced to something Arsenal obviously care little about. In the Vieira/Bergkamp/Henry/Campbell days we would be favourites to be there or there abouts come Cup Final day. Maybe we’d have a better chance of progressing if the final was in Wales instead of London.
Last year we let Blackburn beat us and this season we gave United exactly what they wanted.
Talk about giving your rivals a boost.
We can go on and on about how many injuries we have but there really is no excuse for a performance like that.
On the plus side however, it looks like Clichy, Sagna, Adebayor and Flamini are available for tomorrow’s game so that is great news. The return of Clichy and Sagna is especially positive, as they have been exceptional this season and give Arsenal that something extra in the final third with their tireless running. Another thing is that every single time they have been on the pitch they have shown great desire and passion, something which couldn’t be said about a few of the regulars on Saturday afternoon.
AC Milan are struggling with injury problems of their own, with Ronaldo suffering a ruptured tendon in his knee which looks like will be career threatening. He has had his ups and downs in but there’s no doubt he was one of the best players to grace the game, and hopefully this won’t be how his footballing career ends. Milan are also having goalkeeping problems, with Zeljko Kalac dislocating a finger and Dida picking up a freak injury from sitting on the bench. Never short of
controversy stupidity is he?
Meanwhile Clarence Seedorf thinks that Milan will be too strong for Arsenal. Milan’s domestic league record isn’t the best in recent years but in the Champions League they are a completely different beast. In Europe they are simply sensational, and Arsenal will find it tough tomorrow night because it seems like the Champions League is the only competition Milan actually take seriously.
Milan are like Liverpool – impressive in Europe but when it comes to the domestic league they’re fighting for the final Champions League position and Inter on the other hand are like Arsenal, top of the league and but have disappointed in Europe for a club of their stature.
Tonight’s game between Liverpool and Inter will be interesting to watch. Liverpool, like Milan are tactically astute (in Europe anyway) with Inter have a lot of attacking talent and the ability to score goals from all over the pitch. Arsenal and Inter are also top scorers in their leagues, and have similar goal differences (Inter +35 and Arsenal +36).
Depending what happens tonight at Anfield tonight, maybe Arsenal could learn something.