As far as Champs qualifying rounds go, you couldn’t ask for a better match-up than Arsenal-Celtic. A scrappy, capable underdog with rowdy home fans vs. everybody’s Premier League darling from a few days ago. As stoney pointed out, injuries have dented Arsenal in the midfield, and I would agree with him that their best starting 11 pushes Arshavin back and brings in Eduardo.
Here’s what the series of tubes we call the internet has to say about the game today:
One of Arsenal’s biggest advantages in this fixture is none other than the Celtic manager himself; Tony Mowbray. Forget about the fact that West Brom were relegated under him, he is a brilliant manager that refuses to give up on his beliefs. Mowbray plays attacking football and nothing else, that alone gives Arsenal the advantage that they are looking for. Playing against Arsenal in their own style is an attempt at suicide.
So this won’t be another six-goal football lesson by Arsenal. Celtic will scrap and hustle and do everything they can to stay in the tie. A score draw then? I call 1-1.
Hailing his young squad’s unity it seems life at Arsenal is far more harmonious without Adebayor and Toure, who were both at the centre of dressing room unrest last season. “We have a united spirit,” Wenger said ahead of his side’s Champions League qualifier against Celtic.
I think Celtic will come out attacking and get an early goal. Arsenal will then be out for blood and pepper the Celtic goal, but the Bhoys will bend but not break and take a 1-0 lead to North London.