Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Arsenal talking the talk, but can they walk the walk?..

I can certainly understand Arsenal feeling confident going into what has been described by many as the biggest game in the careers of several young Gunners'. The champions have yet to win at Arsenal's new stadium and the North London club have been in excellent form of late, but you do wonder if there's been a bit too much talk emanating out of the Arsenal camp ahead of the Champions League semi-final second-leg against Manchester United at the Emirates tonight.

Former United defender Silvestre went as far as suggesting his former team-mates will not be looking forward to this meeting given previous results between the two clubs in London, the word "fear" was used.

United perhaps should have put the tie to bed at Old Trafford in the first-leg, immediately after that game Arsene Wenger was said to be in confident mood about his club's prospects of reaching the final, but given his team's performance on the night it was suggested the Frenchman's reaction was one of relief rather than being based on logic given how many chances United had squandered.

For their part, United may well feel that they've been extremely unfortunate not to have won on previous visits to the Emirates, they may well believe that they are overdue a victory. In contrast to several Arsenal players talking about what they are going to do, the United camp has been fairly quiet and to be honest I for one am happy about that because we've heard too many big name stars talking the talk what ahead of important Champions League games down the years only for the said players to then let themselves down.

United need to defend properly and take their chances if that happens we will probably meet Chelsea in the final. Whatever happens let's hope it turns out to be a match worthy of the final itself with no controversy.

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