Part of the reason Arsenal struggled in the first leg and the main reason Messi was a no show in the Chelsea game was that the pitch was waterlogged and heavy. That took away Arsenal’s team speed and slowed their movement. If it rains or the pitch is heavy, Arsenal have no chance.
Walcott has to get in the game else it’s going to be tough for Van Persie and Adebayor to get space. I wouldn’t be surprised if, should Arsenal start 2 strikers, Van Persie drops in the hole to give support to the midfield and help Cesc with a number mismatch should United play 3 in midfield like they did in the first leg.
Ronaldo has to be the man today. He didn’t massacre Santon as he should have, nor did he do the same to Gibbs in the first leg. It’s time he taught these young left backs why he is the best in the world. If Silvestre doesn’t start in the middle, look for Ronaldo to drift in time and again to test Djorou or Song – whoever will start in the center with Toure.
Wonder if Eboue starts.