Sunday, March 7, 2010

Raul Meireles - we won't defend at the Emirates

The first leg at the stadium of the Dragon was a match Gooner and
Gunner alike will pay anything to forget.

It was a horrible performance devoid of any iota of Arsenalism.
Fabianski's inexperience and lack of proper judgement was undoubtedly
the reason Arsenal lost at Porto. But we all have to accept the team
is a collective responsibility, and some malfunctioning parts
indirectly handed Porto the advantage at home.
We've waited for this opportunity and it's drawing close, hopefully
there won't be mindless backpasses and Fabianski won't be available to
facilitate Porto's victory. And maybe our away goal might just make the difference, as we prepare to face the biggest match left in our calender this season.

Following their win at the Estadio do Dragao, Raul Meireles has
claimed that Porto won't change their attacking style for Tuesday's
trip to North London.

Raul is 100 per cent certain, that the Gunners will falter at their
own backyard. And he's optimistic they won't defend their slender win
when they repay Arsenal's courtesy visit to their home.

"We will not be ultra-defensive in London. That's not our style and to
try and play that way would be a disaster for us.
"Arsenal are a dangerous team in attack and to give them the ball
would cause chaos for us.
"The big battle will be in midfield. We must stop Cesc Fabregas but
also the other men in that area.
"I'm optimistic and our squad have the confidence and belief that we will
reach the last eight."