Jamie Redknapp's Champions League watch: Arsenal's total comeback

01 April 2010 08:05
TOTAL FOOTBALLIt's been a long time since Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal team have been givena footballing lesson like the first half. [LNB]Now they must know what it's like for the majority of the Premier League whenthey are passed to death and chase shadows for 90 minutes.[LNB]TOTAL COMEBACKBut we saw the other side of Arsenal. The character in their comeback was something else. [LNB]And Cesc Fabregas, suspended for the second leg, was their leader.[LNB]He played like a warrior and then sacrificed himself for his team, staying on when he was injured. What a player![LNB] Missing men: Puyol will not feature in the return leg after he was sent off for bringing down Fabregas, who fears he has broken his leg after scoring[LNB]MEN AT WORKPeople who watch Barcelona tend to overlook one of their strongest qualities hardwork to win back the ball. [LNB]The pressure they place you under forces errors. They went hunting in numbers all over the pitch, denying space and pressing the ball. Impressive.[LNB]TEARS FOR A STARFabregas' ban is not only crucial but a shame. You want the best players on the biggest stage. [LNB]Who will miss their banned stars the most? [LNB]Barca have the heart ripped out of their back four. Puyol looks like a mini tarzan and they will feel the loss of their king of the jungle.[LNB] Missing link: When Ibrahimovic went off, Barcelona were not as potent in attack[LNB]MISSING IBRAZlatan Ibrahimovic is an enigma who reminds me of Eric Cantona. [LNB]It was his night and Barcelona lost their way when he went off. It showed the human side of Pep Guardiola: why did he send on Thierry Henry for a 'friends reunited' tour of the stadium? It was costly.[LNB]PACE IS ACETheo Walcott booked his World Cup place with that cameo appearance from the bench that suddenly rattled Barcelona's back four, who were in cruise control. [LNB]They soon had to liven up! He was dynamic and direct. [LNB]And it was nice to see an Englishman on the pitch![LNB] Up for the Cup: World Cup hopeful Walcott scored Arsenal's first from the bench[LNB] Fabregas broken leg fear: Arsenal captain set to miss title run inArsenal 2 Barcelona 2: Gunners storm back to earn dramatic draw after brilliant Barca threaten to run riotArsenal v Barcelona: How the action unfolded at the EmiratesARSENAL FC

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