Arséne Wenger’s sweeping style of play with the 2003 and 2004 Arsenal sides was a joy to behold. I dare anyone to name a team in the last decade or longer in England who played such great football.
He’s going one step further now, using Andrey Arshavin, Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and even Abou Diaby in floating roles behind a single striker.
Wenger likes 451 because it brings fluidity, but without Arsevin tonight, it reduces his options slightly.
It worked well in Villareal, but let’s be honest, they were one of the weaker teams left in the quarter-finals.
Johann Djourou, despite occasional lapses, is still a far better player now than Mikael Silvestre and so he gets my nod, and I don’t think this is a game for both our sideways midfielders, so Alex Song gets my vote.
The only way we can win this is by attacking – not by relying on our defence to stifle them, and I’ve love to see two strikers.
I’m still wondering about Eduardo but since he’s been out of the picture, I guess it’s foolish to consider he may be involved.
Nic Bendtner is always better as an impact sub with 20 minutes to go – and we may well need that tonight.
So I’m going to be daring, foolish perhaps, and suggest something different, something Sir RedNose won’t expect, playing Theo Walcott upfront to test the pace of Vidic.
We saw what Fernando Torres did to the Serb at OT a few weeks ago, and while Theo isn’t in the same class, he’s more than capable of causing the once-mighty M*nure defence a few problems.
Sagna Toure Djourou Gibbs
Eboue Song Cesc Nasri
So let us know your thoughts - who would YOU play this evening?