Not a criticism per se but City started with two left backs whereas I think Arsene actually surprised with his selection this evening - opting for AOC ahead of RosickyCan't really criticise Arsenal for any of that. Remarkably similar game to last night.
More or less the same result but it was a big improvement on last year. Really impressive to see them start playing at an insane pace. It was something Liverpool in particular did really well in Europe back in the day, European teams really struggle with it, as we saw in the home game with Napoli. It kind of makes Citeh's performance last night look less impressive because Barca were more vulnerable but Citeh didn't manage to make it into an English-style game early on.
Jesus Navas is a similar enough player to AOC, though. Picking Cazorla is probably the equivalent, because Pellegrini could have gone for Nasri out there. Maybe he didn't trust Nasri to track back but I think he fancied Kolarov's crossing too.Not a criticism per se but City started with two left backs whereas I think Arsene actually surprised with his selection this evening - opting for AOC ahead of Rosicky
Was only between United, Barca and Bayern for him though from memory. Had a chance but we didn't go after him aggressively enough. Was noted that Ferguson wanted him and with his contract situation at the end of the season it'd have been said to Moyes and Woodward. Once Pep was in for him though all that went out the window.So do several other sides, who Thaigo would also have improved.
Doubt that tbh. What world class player is going to want to go to us? Not than many will want to now as it is, but I suspect that even less would want to go to us sans-Rooney. The sign of intent is less to do with Rooney than it is to do with the fact that we are willing to spend £300k a week on a player.Hmm, I'm probably as big a fan as anyone on CW of Rooney, but think it's too much for him. I'm really not sure it's a message of intent to the rest of Europe either, he's not that kind of name.
Think they could have let him go if he demanded that much and brought in a World-Class player who would make people look up and notice. I think it's not just CW this decision is being ridiculed.