Arsenal Face Season's Biggest Game....

It's just the FA Cup but this is not about the competition - this is about repeating the feat of December in reacting to adversity. If they lose again, faith will disappear...

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bernsteinforpm (Manchester City) says...

It's not controlling possession that makes you vulnerable to counter attacks, it's playing a high line and committing too many players ahead of the ball. In fact, controlling possession would mitigate against a teams ability to counter attack as they'd have fewer opportunities to do so. I expect Arsenal to play deeper and more conservatively today and whilst I think it'll be tight, they'll probably prevail.

Posted 2:41pm 16th February 2014

masmaz (Arsenal) says...

An axis is two or more I think. Polaknuar the reason controlling possession against a quality counterattacking side can be a bad idea is because that side can sit back not take any risks and cede "sterile domination" then when the opportunity presents itself go for it. Very effective with great passing, speed and clinical finishing all of which Liverpool possess. To your point if the team controlling possession isn't attacking what the hell are they doing with the possession? That would play even more into the counterattacking side's plans. If one team is kicking it sideways in the middle of the park the other can choose to press force a mistake and then be through on goal. Arsenal need to score a couple goals then think about possession.

Posted 7:28pm 15th February 2014

polaknuar says...

"has he worked out in the last week that trying to control possession plays right into a devastatingly effective counter-attacking side's hands?" Whilst I am sure you know just as much, if not more, about football than one of the outstanding managers of the premier league era, this comment makes it sound like you haven't the faintest idea what you're on about. Why on earth would controlling possession necessarily make a side vulnerable on the counter attack? You can control possession without attacking much...

Posted 7:31am 15th February 2014

peeyugo (Arsenal) says...

Just wondering, how many people does it take to make an axis?

Posted 10:49pm 14th February 2014

Triof (Manchester United) says...

So...here's hoping for a draw then, in both this and the City-Chelsea games.

Posted 6:27pm 14th February 2014

randy marsh (Liverpool) says...

Our record at the Emirates is pretty terrible so I think its safe to say Arsenal should be favourites. Any team that gets through this round and into the quarter final stage has a good chance of winning the trophy. Who would have predicted Wigan last year?

Posted 5:20pm 14th February 2014

dearg (Liverpool) says...

Seems to be a consensus that Arsenal will make 6 changes which suggests that Monsieur Wenger doesnt accept the premise of this article.I never expect to win at the Emirates but agree with Cashback that the lack of pressure on LFC could seem them prevail over a weakened Arsenal side suffering a confidence crisis. Conversely, as a economist, Wenger may weigh up his changes of success against LFC versus Bayern and decide to go all out on Sunday. I am looking forward to the game.

Posted 4:51pm 14th February 2014

cashback (Liverpool) says...

I feel like this game probably means more to Arsenal than it does to us. Despite this being both teams' best chance of silverware (come on now neither of us is going to finish above Chelsea AND City), I think defeat would leave more of a imprint on Arsenal's season than ours. They're playing at home, they're above us in the league and we have a bobbins record at the Emirates, so they are expected to win. If we lose we shrug our shoulders and thank God it wasn't a league game. If Arsenal lose, it is further evidence of their soft underbelly, it signals then end of their last realistic chance of silverware, and their next chance to prove themselves is against Bayern. A such I view this as a bit of a freebie, which hopefully will be reflected in the way we play.

Posted 2:53pm 14th February 2014

nellyknows (Arsenal) says...

Can you please stop using that picture of the Ox. He looks like a crack addict, who's about to mug someone to fund his next fix!

Posted 2:09pm 14th February 2014

hubie (Arsenal) says...

The only reason you, Football365, pay little more than lip service to the FA Cup is because it doesn't sell copy, compared to the Premier League or the Champions League. For the actual fans involved, this match against Liverpool is very important, regardless of what happened last week, simply because it is a cup match against Liverpool and that in itself is always a big deal. It saddens me to see the FA Cup not being taken seriously these days, but I am convinced the only reason for this is that, like the clubs involved in it, there is not enough money involved to convince the media to take it seriously anymore. Please don't be lazy and dismiss this grand old competition simply because it doesn't make you as much money as you'd like it to.

Posted 1:55pm 14th February 2014

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