Porto @ The Emirates

The last time Arsenal overturned an away leg deficit was back in 1979, in the European Cup Winners Cup, against Hadjuk Split. Arsenal lost the 1st leg 2-1, but won the 2nd leg 1-0 thanks to a Willie Young header and went through on the away goals rule. Arsenal were then knocked out in the next round by Red Star Belgrade, 3-2 on aggregate.

Cesc is out tomorrow. Nasri should take his place in the attacking midfield role – a role that he will thrive in. It’s his natural position. Campbell is back to add to steel and organization to our defence. This is a welcomed boost as Gallas is still out with a calf injury.

Wenger has saved his sharpest garments for tomorrow night: Diaby, Arshavin, Song, and Campbell. These four will make Arsenal shine and see them through to the quarter-finals for the third consecutive season.

Porto do not have a good record in London – having lost their last six consecutive matches there. The last one being a 4-0 defeat to Arsenal last season in the group stage.

Arsenal will score tomorrow night. Ignore Bendtner’s six misses against Burnley. He had an off day. In any case, I would take Bendtner’s six misses against Burnley if it means he scores a crucial goal like the header he scored against Stoke.

Arsenal are on the start of a winning run. Since losing to Porto, the Gunners have won their last three games, albeit against teams fighting relegation. During those three games, Arsenal’s opponents amassed 9 yellow cards and one red, whereas Wenger’s team only received two yellows.

It’s hard to look ahead to a grudge away fixture to Hull City on Saturday. The Tigers lost 5-1 to Everton yesterday – who also missed a penalty. It will be a game similar to that of Stoke. However, Hull are a lot worse. Beating them will add another nail in Hull’s relegation coffin and thus eventually see loudmouth Phil Brown get fired. That will be extremely satisfying.

It’s going to be an interesting week.

Keep It Arsenal


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