Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Good vs Inept

Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal, Champions League, Semi-Final, 1st Leg

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Before the Champions league game at Old Trafford, Arsène Wenger talked about Arsenal adopting an "audacious" approach. Well Arsenal were anything but that. They were the same inept team that lost 1-0 away to Roma and suffered at Villarreal until Adebayor saved their blushes in Spain. As expected, Man Utd put Arsenal under pressure early on and if it weren't for the sharpness of Almunia, Arsenal might have found themselves atleast 3 goals behind by the 30 minute mark.

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Arsenal were lucky to go into half-time down only a single goal. Arsenal played a bit better in the second half but they were still not good enough to find the away goal they needed. Arsenal do have a problem at times when they deploy a 4-5-1 formation but injuries have also weakened their squad. Had Van Persie been present, then surely Wenger would have started with two strikers. As it stands, the team has to improve next week in London if they hope to advance to the final in Rome. Man Utd will likely score a goal next week as this make-shift Arsenal defense can't keep a clean sheet, so that would mean that Arsenal would need 3 goals to advance. Will it happen? Time will tell.

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