The way for Arsenal to beat Ch*vski tomorrow

I felt a bit daunted at the start of this week.

One way or another, we have put together what is now looking a fine run.

By all intents and purposes, we lucked out against Wigan but I thought we could beat Villarreal even if the squad was stretched in some departments to breaking point.

There is a feelgood factor at Arsenal at the moment and that has coincided with not having to face any of the big big teams in big big matches.

True, we’ve beaten the Ch*vs and M*nure this season already, but with the number of games coming up, the pressure and intensity, I wonder whether this may be the time when the Young Guns finally start to wilt.

Having watched the Ch*vs the night before, I couldn’t help but wonder if actually, despite their fine record against us in recent years in matches that matter (Champions League quarter-final at Highbury, Carling Cup final for instance) I genuinely believe we can take them tomorrow...

John Terry may have been suspended on Tuesday, but he was around on Saturday when Bolton were allowed to score three late goals. Their defence is struggling at present, Petr Cech has never been the same since his head injury and if the goals conceded against Bolton preyed on their minds, the Liverpool game will have had an even greater impact on their confidence.

The other thing that struck me, and it’s the sort of thing that makes the Ch*vs so unlikeable, is how some of them then swaggered into Boujis nightclub to party.

Can you imagine Arsenal players doing that? Maybe after we’d won something, but not after a quarter-final with so many vital games coming up.

And that was three of their players who can cause us most damage: Fatty Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba. I get the feeling they think playing us isn’t going to be the challenge we know it will be for them.

I suspect one of Kieran Gibbs or Bacary Sagna will be fit, giving us something resembling a defence even if it will look more like a Carling Cup backline than anything resembling our first choice.

But if we can keep it tight, and nullify the Essien/Lampard axis, we can win. Denilson and Alex Song have grown substantially in recent months and it will be fascinating to see if Arséne Wenger opts for RvP and Adebayor upfront or plays five in midfield again.

There’s no doubt he’s a talented player, but  I’ve not been impressed with Samir Nasri of late. I’d be tempted to play Cesc alongside Andrey Arshavin and Theo Walcott in front of the two holding midfielders.

Between stifling the life out of Ch*vski’s forwards and giving them plenty to think about in defence, they are there for the taking.

No one likes Ch*vski, 99% of their fans don’t even remember Glenn Hoddle’s spell as manager, let alone recall a certain “only” Ray Parlour hit goal in the FA Cup.

Let’s hope for a similar result at Wembley. After all, form is temporary, class is permanent.