Arsenal impressed me during the first half in the Camp Nou the other night. We defended very well indeed.
People have said we were slaughtered like Amy Winehouse, well I'd agree we were in the second half. When down to 10 men.
However the first half we defended our goal like a bunch of old women defending their knitting needles. I was happy with that display.
I think Arsene Wenger set the team out to defend like we did. And if memory serves me correctly Barcelona had only 2 shots on goal other the actual goal itself, which came from a mistake.
Of course Barcelona had 99% of possession, something Arsenal are used to having, but they wasn't causing us too many problems.
In fact, I'd say that we had them rattled more than a rattle snake and had we gone into half-time at 0-0 their confidence would have been affected. We conceded a goal at the worst possible time.
Had Chelsea defended like we did in the first-half you would have said they were resolute. Because Arsenal don't play that way, and people say we can't defend, we were outplayed.
You are not going to have any choice other than to defend in long periods against Barcelona and I don't think we got enough credit for the way we handled them until we went down to 10 men.
That said we didn't do what we usually do very well. We gave the ball away a lot. It was like a hot potato at times.
Had we kept the ball better, I firmly believe the longer the game went on we would have won.
Credit must go to Barcelona though. Despite us frustrating them they kept to their principles and kept going. Do they have a plan B? Probably, but so do Arsenal now.
It can be ugly to watch 10 men defending behind the ball, we've seen that more times from the opposition than any, but it does frustrate the other team and can work.
Like my sisters pay-as-you-go phone I don't think Arsene Wenger has received enough credit.
It's said he can be tactically naive at times, something I agree with to a certain extent, but he wasn't during the first half in Barcelona.
He set up our stall to defend in numbers and it worked marvellously until injury time.
Arsenal can definitely defend well its just we won't ever get the chance to show it regularly because its not every day we face a team like Barcelona.
Teams usually do it us and receive loads of credit. Its a shame it doesn't work the other way round.
Keep It Goonerish..........