Let’s not be chickens in Kiev

Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka, Marc Overmars, Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, hell, even Christopher Wreh!

What do they all have in common?

Correct, Gunners fans, they all enjoyed their best years at Arsenal and at their peak, all but Wreh were the envy of the world in terms of their attacking prowess.

How many Games did Arsenal fail to score in last season? Five out of 58 – a staggeringly low 8% for the stattos out there.

We’ve always been an attacking side by nature, part of the reason why we can always be more confident in our abilities going forward than in our capacity to keep a clean sheet.

Arsène Wenger knows how to make good forward players into world class attackers capable of striking fear into whoever they play. We are capable of beating anyone when the machine is oiled and working well.

We may have the best defensive record in the Premiership at the moment, but that doesn’t tell the whole story –the concerns aired by readers on Addict underline our lack of absolute confidence in certain members of the back five.

Yes, we’re without Samir Nasri tonight and playing in a country where Arsène Wenger has had little success. But is that a reason for him to hint that he would be happy with a point?

Let’s think positive – Theo Walcott is on fire. Manu Adebayor and Robin van Persie have three goals each in the Premiership – after a slow start, they’re starting to click.

Nicklas Bendtner has also got himself on the scoresheet and hopefully will play a part tonight so that if we need to rest the first choice, he’s up for doing the job.

And then there’s Carlos Vela – our secret weapon and a player who I believe will be a revelation this season.

And that’s WITHOUT injured attacking duo Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo.

We are an attacking force few can equal.

So, Arsène, let’s not play with trepidation tonight.

Let’s frighten the hell out of Kiev and come back with three points, a decent goal difference and send out a signal that we mean business in Europe this season.