Much is made of Italian defences, Milan’s in particular as they favour a 1-0 victory with no extra effort expended. Equally, much is rightly made of Arsenal’s attacking prowess.
But there is a common misconception in the press that our defence is shaky and liable to concede at any time. While it may not be the most famed part of our side, the figures simply don’t back that claim up.
Arsenal have conceded just 12 goals in the last 30 Champions League games. Just digest that statistic for a moment – it’s an astonishing record.
As well at setting a new record by going ten games without conceding two years ago, the first six matches of this campaign ended in clean sheets, with goals only being conceded once group stage qualification had been assured.
The weekend mauling of United suggests that there is a weakness there, but when you’re playing against a side who excel on the wing, without your two starring full backs, you’re always going to struggle. Clichy and Sagna return tonight, while Flamini, Adebayor, Denilson and Walcott are also available. Things are looking up.
So, both sides can score in a flash. Both sides have decent defences. It could be a tight one, much like Liverpool’s match last night. I’d take the same result, but I have a hunch we’ll get just the single goal in a 1-0 win.
Enjoy the game.