Date: 6th March 2007 at 7:46pm
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Arsenal will be looking to save their season as they bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.

Champions League games are always important but this game has taken on a lot more importance after Arsenal exited both domestic cups in 4 days. First the young guns suffered a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Carling Cup final (an undeserved defeat I might add), then something closer to Arsenal`s first team suffered an agonizing defeat away to Blackburn after they had dominated for 70 minutes.

I wouldn`t say it`s vital that Arsenal win some silverware in their first season at Ashburton Grove but to say it would be pleasing would be an understatement! It would be outstanding to win the Champions League for the first time in Arsenal`s trophy-laden history.

It`s certainly a clash of the tactician`s. PSV boss Ronald Koeman plotted the downfall of Manchester United and Liverpool during his time at Benfica. I don`t think I really need to explain that Arsene Wenger is a great tactician! You just have to look at what he has done with Arsenal to see that he is one of the best managers to have lived!

Vital Quotes:

Arsene Wenger doesn’t expect PSV to play anything resembling an attacking game: “PSV are a cautious team who came out in the first game and beat us on the break,” said Wenger. “They try to suck you in and counter-attack.”

“I feel 1-0 is a tricky score. It is difficult ? psychologically more than footballistically.

‘But obviously we will have to strike the right balance and try and get one back as quickly as possible.

‘I certainly think we can score against them but it is important for us to feed our strikers and give them some support.

‘It’s part of the learning process but we won’t have the number of chances against PSV that we did against Reading. They came here with nothing to lose but PSV will be much more defensive. I don’t expect them to attack us.”

PSV Coach Ronald Koeman hinted he could play a more open game when his side visit the Grove tomorrow: ‘Arsenal are not a typical English team.

‘They play more a European system with fast players up front, a lot of talent in the midfield and a solid defence.

‘It was important not to concede in Holland because we will get more space in London.’

The Arsenal Team News:

The great news is that skipper Thierry Henry is fit enough to start. Wenger confirmed at his press confrence that the French international striker has recovered enough to play but Le Boss also admitted that there could be a reaction that could set Henry back to square one in terms of his recovery.

Tomas Rosicky is definantly out, but we already knew that. The Czech international is recovering form a groin injury.

Justin Hoyte, Manu Eboue, Robin Van Persie and Mathieu Flamini

Player to watch: Thierry Henry

Henry is due a big performance. It’ll take a performance of Bernabaue proportions if Arsenal are to progress.

PSV Eindhoven Team News:

PSV will be missing Manuel Da Costa and Jan Kronkamp for the trip to the Emirates with laryngitis and a hamstring complaint respectively. Eric Addo and Sun Xiang are likely to step in and deputise for the injured pair.
Koeman wil have tol make late checks on goalkeeper Gomes, skipper Phillip Cocu, defenders Alex and Carlos Salcido and midfielder Timmy Simons, who have been suffering from slight injuries, but are expected to be fit. Ibrahim Afellay is doubtful.

Player to watch: Jefferson Farfan

The pacey striker could be Arsenal’s undoing. Going into the game 1-0 down Arsenal need to attack. PSV will look to catch us on the counter and he is certainly capable of hitting us hard!

Match Facts & Stats

Match Prediction:

It’s not going to be Arsenal’s day. PSV will come with no intention of attacking. Nine men behind the ball and bang long balls for Kone to chase.

I think PSV will get a goal before half time before Henry scores late on. Arsenal to go out!

Next Fixtures:

Arsenal have a weekend off after their early FA Cup exit. Next up is Aston Villa away in the Premiership.


192 Replies to “The Arsenal V PSV”

  • we can take this one. i think we are designed for this trophy and if we get through it will make us stronger just like last year

  • im hoping that the boys can pul through this one. the only worry is that PSV will cathc us out on the counter with Kone and Farfan. But with Cesc pulling the strings behind Henry and Baptista (i hope) i cant see why we cant get the win needed

  • sorry to say this but i just like sim feel the we’ll most get is a draw and we’ll be looking at a exit champ league this year, but i SOO hope i’m wrong.

  • I have to agree the outlook for this game looks bad…mainly because i cant see us keeping a clean sheet and therefore we have to score 3 goals, which is too much 🙁

  • Mind you, we always seem to play better at the Grove when we go a goal down, we start this game 0-1 down. Bonus! 🙂

  • let’s have faith, they can do this. We need more of a champions spirit, never say die attitude. That’s what wins titles, ask Manure and Chelski. They always believe. The invincibles were like that too. Let’s get behind this team!

  • Well, I’m nervous as hell about this match coz I know PSV are a dangerous team. I dont mean dangerous in the offensive, but in the sense that they can get a favourable result for themselves !! Playing Henry is a bit of a gamble by Arsene I feel , and I hope it doesnt backfire. Right back is a problem area and we arent going to get the offensive thrust from there, which puts more of the onus on Hleb at right wing. I see a lot of problems for this game, but at the same tme, I believe !!

  • PSV have problems at right back too, they will be playing Culina there who is a midfielder.

  • Great preview! This very important game of the season will surely be accorded the focus and determination that is rightly due. As indicated by LD, the FIRST GOAL will be the telling barometer. I am sure the Gunners are well aware of this and they will pull up everything in them to be the first ones to score tastefully at home!

  • Good luck to night, a team with the football you play deserves to be in the Champions league! Hopefully you will join us along with the money men at Chelsea

  • Agree with the ‘first goal’ idea too! For us this is a pivotal game after the Cup exits. If we find the mental strength to kill them off, I think we will finish the season on a high, and start the next one stronger after a summer of regrouping. If we lose, I think it will open up doubts and we may not be sufficiently prepared to challenge for the Prem next year. My money is on everyone to ruck in there and kick some Dutch ass! 2-0 to Arsene’s boys!

  • The song “1-0 to the Arsenal”, would sound a bit disjointed if we took ‘the’ out though Jacky B, dont you think? It’d be a bit like taking the, the’s, out of the Waterboy’s song, ‘You saw whole of moon’. My word, don’t you know anything about songwriting, sigh, tut, heehee 😎

  • we have a very small chance of progressing,we are just not getting the breaks,like chel$ki…great bit of goalkeeping from Helton last nite,do you think his bank balance has become fatter with oily rubles??? just a thought…anyway we have a big problem breaking down ronalds defences…and i can see us getting done on the away goal rule,we didnt score in holland and its going to cost us,we will probably go 2-0 up and concede near the end from a corner or some rubbish like that and go out…hope im wrong though….is going to be a good tense game

  • and we are the arrogant ones? lol…….. Actually, I do fancy myself as a bit of a songwriter

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