How do you beat the best team in the world? by Vinay
Yes Arsenal have this daunting task of taking on arguably the best team in the world across all positions and try to win their tie against Bayern Munich.
When the draw happened in Zurich, there was collective gasps and some sort of relief that we didn’t draw Barca but i think that was more psychological than anything else, The actual realization will be felt when the Bavarians line up against the Gunners in the first leg of the Champions league at the Emirates.
Lets be honest shall we Gooners, this Bayern team is close to perfect. Every position has world class players and the back up players are world class too. Imagine you have a Mueller and Robben competing for the same position, now thats a luxury no team has. Mario Gomez doesn’t get an automatic start because Mandzukic has been in some form. Ribery, Neur, Gustavo, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Javi Martinez, Alaba and Dante, if this is not the best set of players around then show me the other option please. Each position has the kind of players you dream of.
Alright now for the basic facts. Its a football game across 2 legs. Arsenal at home in Champions league have an enviable record. We have a first team offense which on its day is among the best in Europe. A midfield of Jack, Arteta, Cazorla is as good as the German trio of Bastian, Kroos and Martinez. In Podolski and Theo we have the wingers who can give the Bayern full backs an absolute run for their money. As much as he may not be that ” little kid”, Giroud, continues to have the kind of season which defies his critics and could trouble the Bayern defense sans Badstuber.
The problem is our defense, With TV5 still injured, Kos still recovering and trying to get back to the form he had last season, Gibbs forever injured, Arsenal’s defense is their Achilles heal quite literally.
Arsenal do have the players who can hurt Bayern. More than the players I believe the German would-be champions haven’t been really tested this season and when they encounter the Gunners I do feel some of the players specially their defenders and full backs may be left perplexed. Not comparing but when Bayern played Dortmund in the German cup, Dortmund played the short passing game ala Arsenal which hurt the Munich team. The key to that Dortmund team was the tempo with which they played, Gunners please make a note of this one word – Tempo.
A football game is not just won on the pitch, its also decided at times by the attitude. The Germans are renowned never-say-die players but in the first team that we have, Arsenal do have the kind of players who don’t give up till the end when they are in determined mood.
This game will show up on Arsenal big time. This will be the test of resolve, character and determination. This will test Wenger and he wont have any excuses if he is out foxed by the wily Heynckes.
Time to put your hands up and be counted Gunners for this could be one of the greatest moments of your lives or it could be harsh reality and complete watershed.
How do we beat them? – Play them of at their own game- they play quick, we play quicker, Cazorla (ohhhhhhh) can have a good day means there is no defender who can match him, ignite Poldi and let him run at his former team mates, make lesser mistakes and remember its 2 legs and we need to go on with something when we visit Bayern. Its not about showing off who has better skills, its about who has more application. Involve Theo more, he is the one player they are concerned about, Giroud needs to shoot on sight, get TV 5 ready for he will have the most important role to play – left back and finally start praying, i believe prayers can make miracles happen, well this wont be a miracle but we have to have the 2 best games of the season we have had to win this and also hope Bayern dont have 2 good games.
Football is not just about winning or losing, whoever said that must be shot. its only about winning. Come on you Gunners.