A much-discussed fixture for Arsenal against the Catalan giants Barcelona on Wednesday is, in fact, being blown out of proportion by the media—with a good reason.
It is a big fixture indeed, as is any other in such an important tournament like the Champions League, but the excitement it seems to generate comes more from the fact that the two sides play a very similar style of football that is appealing to the eye and sparks the imagination.
If Arsenal adopt an open, free-flowing style, we are likely to see a game that has potential to bring exhilaration by sheer means of goal-scoring opportunities. As both teams’ natural style is inclined to using open, pass-and-move oriented football, the outcome of the match will tilt towards who will be able to do it better.
That team, at the moment, without any doubt in anyone’s mind, is Barcelona.
So, what does Arsenal have to do to avoid playing Barcelona’s own game, a kind of style which is intrinsic for the Gunners themselves? Won’t that serve them more damage than benefit?
And if so, what are the ways Arsenal can use to improve their chances of winning against a team that is considered the best in the world at the moment?