beat Barca the Barcelona-way…
Our final pre-season friendly is at the Nou Camp v THE team of the 21st century so far, Barcelona. Over the years, we had some fabulous games against the Catalans, and even though this is just a harmless pre-season game we should expect a high tempo, multi-goal encounter in which we have to aim to outscore the hosts.
There is no point for us to sit back and play tight, defensive footie. We have never been good at this and let’s face it, it’s not Emery’s game either. Besides, Arsenal have some fine weapons at their disposal and have just bought the explosive Pepe. There is also the possibility of playing two ‘ex’-Los Blancos players next to each other, and that will surely add a little bit of extra spice to the match.
In fact, we have the players to do a little experiment and play Barca the Barcelona way. Why not? Torreira can be our Busquests and Mesut and Ceballos could play the Xavi and Iniesta roles…. Pepe could be our free-attacker and dribbler ala Messi and Laca and Auba will surely add total attacking prowess to our team in such a set-up.
It would look like this:
Now I don’t know exactly who has travelled to Barcelona and who is fit to play. Emery will need to ease players like Torreira and Pepe into the team and so it is not highly likely that we will start with these 11. But at some point of the game I reckon we will be close to the above 11 being on the pitch, and I am looking forward to it.
What would be your favourite starting 11/playing strategy tomorrow?