If Arsene Wenger was an amateur coach, one psychological cheap line he would use for team preparation and pep talk, would be how much a life-line Liverpool have thrown to them and how badly hit Manchester United’s title chances are. All this is true, but when you are gunning for the championship and your immediate task is playing a 2nd leg UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona, the last thing you want to hear is how great or better someone is, regardless of their feats.
Arsenal are likely to beat Barca tonight. It is a no brainer that they are on cloud nine by observing the above developments. To many, it was the results of United’s defeat that mattered. To the true Gunners, it is Nani’s injury. This is what tilts the title challenge to their favour, if they take favours.
Manchester United failed to seduce me in the days of the great Eric Cantona, Steve Bruce, Peter Schmichaels, Paul Ince(piration), Andy Cole, Dwight Yoke, Andrei Kanchelskis and Ole Gunner Solskjaer. I did not expect much of the talismanship of David Beckam either, but the presence of Cristaino Ronaldo at his peak, set United to almost the same dizzy heights. Nani may not be on the same class of the former greats, but in the crop of the present squad, he is head and shoulders above the rest.
Nani is the last things United had to lose. Frankly, I rate him so highly proven by his arrogant exploits. It is unfortunate we have to compare him, but he a jewel in the crown United may miss by a whisker. Thanks to Jamie Carragher.
This, the Gunners read very well and all memories of Birmingham City are forgotten. Their injury worries to especially Alex Song are temporarily off their list and focus is on the possibilities of beating Barca, winning the league title and the FA Cup once again. Believe it or not, there was a morning no one in their camp believed this but this is how everyone views it now, and that is very important.
In an article earlier, I explained how lighting strikes twice. Not that the Gunners have a lot of players of African descent, but when that lighting stroke at the Emirates, it laid eggs, and today, it will be going back for them, hence the strike again. Barcelona are in real big trouble