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afc Arsenal Vs Liverpool SS2 Wed 7:45pm

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As far as Arsène Wenger is concerned, mental strength and matchwinners hold the key to the Champions League clash between Arsenal and Liverpool.The first leg at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night kicks off a run of three games in seven days between the sides with a Premier League fixture in North London sandwiched between the two European games.The familiarity between Arsenal and Liverpool means the element of surprise is unlikely to play a part in the coming week. Instead, Wenger believes desire and the role of key players will be decisive. Speaking before the weekend, the Arsenal manager explained why."Against an English team the competition is always different," said Wenger. "You come back more to a formula because we know each other well."There are two things which will make the difference in that game - the quantity of the mental strengths available in the teams and how well the players who can make a decision perform. The players who can turn a game have to turn up on the night."When you play a local team in the European Cup it is a test of character. We know we can do it, but who wants it the most?"
Not a must win cause I think we could get a result at Anfield if needed, but obviously we cannot concede, I'd be pleased with a 1-0. Im hoping Crouch plays no part cause with our current lack of concentration in defence he's the last thing we need, tall & awkward.Torres Vs Toure (maybe Senderos)Toure has been a bit shakey of late but in games like these form doesn't count for much, Torres won't beat him for pace & power but he will need to concentrate & not get caught slipping on the ball. Torres best work is with the ball at his feet but he's decent in the air so he'll need to look out for that.Fabregas Vs MasheranoBest CM/AM against many plp's favorite DM. It will be hard for Cesc to influence the game with Masch on his case, but with 13 goals & 18 assists so far this season.. he ain't easy to contain, ask Gatusso.Adebayor Vs Carragher (maybe Skrtyl sp)Carragher has shown in the past he has difficulties handling pace & power & what do you know! That's what Ade's all about. Not sure if he's had enough rest cause he had to come on against Bolton but even when he's not scoring he's a nightmare to defend against.

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