28
Mar

Iniesta injury could be blessing in disguise for Barca


Written by Chris Wheatley

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Barcelona’s midfield maestro Andres Iniesta has been ruled out of action for 10 days after sustaining a hamstring injury during the Blaugrana’s 1-0 win over Real Mallorca.

Tests revealed a small hamstring tear, meaning he is set to miss the Arsenal game on Wednesday, a league game against Atletico Madrid but should return for the crucial ‘Classico’ game against arch-rivals Real Madrid on 11 April. However, it may mean that he is doubtful for the second leg against Arsenal too.

Meanwhile, a Spaniard in the Gooner Talk comments section gave his view on Iniesta’s absence:

“Iniesta not playing is good, but he has not been as good since the Champions League final last year, he has been suffering from a lot of injuries lately and he is not in form at all,” ‘Walkers’ said.

“Teams think he is the weak link, and in fact he has been their weak link in a few of their games this season, lots of the goals Barcelona concede are because of his misplaced passes.

Barcelona have not been playing at their best, but remember they have Messi, the best player in the world right now, who can beat anyone by himself. In midfield Keita will probably replace Iniesta, remember he scored a wonder goal against us for Sevilla a couple of years ago. In defence, Milito might replace Pique while Maxwell is a player that lacks energy (do not get me wrong, he is not Silvestre).

Do not underestimate Barcelona, it will be a very difficult match, and we need Fabregas back.”

22-year-old Fabregas should be available despite sustaining a knock on his knee during yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Birmingham at St Andrews.

Stay tuned to Gooner Talk for all the latest build-up to Wednesday’s game!


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goonersems
5 years 10 months ago

Is pique injured?(hopefull).

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yiddo
5 years 10 months ago

So instead of it being 7-0 it’ll now be 6-0 on agg. No biggie.

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Marko
5 years 10 months ago

I hope Pique is injured cause he is by far their best defender also with Abidal injured Maxwell and Alves can be gotten at as they’re better going forward than defending. Missing Iniesta is huge too for them as he is their most creative midfielder but in Seydou Keita they’ll basically have another ball winner in there. Shame they won’t start Busquets as he’s fairly rubbish. Anyway key for us Wed is having most our players fit and controlling possession in midfield because thats where Barca win most of their games by having 60% of the ball. Can’t wait for… Read more »

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Emperor Gooner
5 years 10 months ago

what are the odds of messi being struck by lightning now ??

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Stone
5 years 10 months ago

“what are the odds of messi being struck by lightning now ?? ” probably the same as the chances of Arsenal winning this tie no, I’m just kidding. I have much belief in Arsenal for this fixtures. Cesc we can. With Nasri on the pitch again and hopefully Arshavin running more than a mile it will be a big improvement from the unfocused performance at St. Andrews. It wouldn’t surprise me if he continued with Song at the back and left Denilson in midfield. Denilson usually plays well when he isn’t faced with huge muscular players to fight with. I… Read more »

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rafi
5 years 10 months ago

I wouldnt read too much into our performance at st andrews. arsenal will be ready for barca, dont worry.

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Am
5 years 10 months ago

Biggest load of rubbish i have ever heard.

OK he might not be playing as good as last year but he is still one of three of their best players.

He will be a miss for them although they still have a good squad.

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sameep
5 years 10 months ago

I think the difference maker in this tie is going to be Diaby…He is the most unnoticed performer for this season..His battle with Barca midfield will decide the match, as for Messi, he cannot be man marked so again focus is important. He has to be closed down whereever possible and that should start from Arshavin and Nasri in Barca Half…

Guest
5 years 10 months ago

you lot dont know anything about football if you think iniesta is poor, he is off form but he set up 2 goals on wednesday against osasuna, who do the english regard as the best player in the premiership, rooney isnt it? Well check his views on who is the best player in the world see the link below: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/manutd/5398387/Manchester-United-v-Barcelona-Wayne-Rooney-backs-Andres-Iniesta-for-Ballon-dOr.html barca will surely line up: Valdes, Alves, Puyol, Pique, Maxwell, Toure, Xavi, Busquets/keita, pedro, ibra, messi we should line up: almunia, eboue, campbell, vermaelen, clichy, song, diaby, fabregas, arshavin, bendtner, nasri, the key will be when walcott comes on the… Read more »

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shane
5 years 10 months ago

iniesta is one of the best players in the world and he has just been getting back to his best form. his absence is a major bonus for arsenal. go on the gunners

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Impeccable1
5 years 10 months ago

I think our team seem a more potent attacking unit when Eboue starts. He scares the heck out of the other teams defence with his direct powerful running and dribbling and he is a better crosser of the ball than both Walcott and Sagna. I think he could’ve made the difference against Birmingham but that’s gone so let’s take the game to Barca.

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Stone
5 years 10 months ago

I agree with previous posters, Eboue might start. He is excellent in one-on-one defending but lacks positional sense, especially when high crosses come his way. But Barca don’t cross high very often, although Ibra gives them another dimension. We will see Song/Denilson and Diaby lie deep to complement the attacking minded Arshavin and Nasri on the flank. Arsha is the man of big games, he will surely start and Nasri has been excellent for the last month or two. Rosicky and Theo on the bench will give us options. IF Gallas and/or RvP will be fit for the second leg… Read more »

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Daymee
5 years 10 months ago

Messi only needs 2 chances to score 1 and it scares me that he’s going to turn Campbell inside out. Messi is good at turning defenders, even defenders faster than Campbell were turned by Messi. That is a weak link and I think we should pair Song with Vermaelen. To go through on these 2 legs it is vital that we keep a clean sheet. If we concede, then we end up potless again. We don’t need a DM against Barca. Eboue interchanging with Rosicky will do the magic.

Almunia

Sagna Song Vermaelen Clichy
Rosicky Fabregas Nasri
Eboue Bendtner Arshavin

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jj
5 years 10 months ago

Iniesta might not be as good as last season but he is still very very good and considering he was our best player last year that would b hard to keep up that form and almost none of the goals against barca come from misplaced passes from him so its good 4 u hes not playing but the thing that arsenal need is 4 ibra TO play bcause wiv him we hardly look like we can score but wen hes not there we look like the same old barca. Gonna b a great game regaurdless tho

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krieger
5 years 10 months ago

im guessing gallas is definitely a no for wednesday then? Vermaelen is gonna have extra work cut out for him, having to cover for campbell’s lack of pace. But Im guessing wenger might try go slightly more conservative to try keep a clean sheet, because that is super vital.

**Goalie when needed**
sagna Song Vermaelen Clichy
Nasri Diaby fabregas
Eboue Bendtner Arshavin

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EC
5 years 10 months ago

Important for Arsenal to keep a clean sheet in the home leg. I hope Wenger doesn’t opt for dangerous offensive tactics.

Unless he decides we can outscore Barca.

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Amrit
5 years 10 months ago

i dont see why we are soo scared of barcelona..everywhere i go,i see everyone telling arsenal is going to lose 7-0 etc etc.. see i think its all down to arshavin.For me the reason we won 5-0 against porto is because arshavin was focused. He is a big-game player and he soo often delivers..see russia,st.petersburg. He said that he wants to win the champions league with arsenal and he knows that is now and he is going to do it. and speaking about barcelona. the only threat i see is messi. Xavi has not been as sublime as he was… Read more »

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jason
5 years 10 months ago

eboue’s my idol

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king gooner
5 years 10 months ago

oi!yiddo!stick to your johstones paint trophy or whatever mickey mouse trophy you’re involved with at present…if any

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ScotchEggsRule
5 years 10 months ago

yiddo says:
March 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm
So instead of it being 7-0 it’ll now be 6-0 on agg. No biggie.
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You remember playing Barcelona in a FRIENDLY earlier this seaosn don’t you?

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andrew
5 years 10 months ago

messi vs eboue, no thanks

definetely play sagna

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Callum
5 years 10 months ago

well i dont want to see campbell facing messi so i would go with

Almunia
Eboue Sagna Verminator Clichy
Diaby Song Fabregas
Nasri Bendtner Arshavin

i no sagna cb might not be good but atleast has has pace

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Joakim
5 years 10 months ago

The team is certainly going to be:

Almunia

Sagna Song Vermaelen Clichy

Denilson Diaby

Fabregas

Nasri Bendtner Arshavin

We definitely have a chance to play well on wednesday with this team of excellent players, but I think we need a two-goal lead to take with us to Camp Nou. Hope we play aggressive for 90 minutes so we get the result we need!

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THEGOON
5 years 10 months ago

oh barca barca how i wish ur fantasy were true…..some..idiot…said 6-0 to barca. hmmmm. i simply want to get this over and done with,.Get fabregas back????, how idiotic? does he belong there is the question? arent barca and its fans tired of looking like idiots going on about how he belongs there. mann!pliz get over it!its called football ever heard of contracts, they man is a gunnner thru and thru so purleease take your crap about him being barca style blah blah cos despite having began school there, he is playing the team of his career so who cares if… Read more »

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g4eva
5 years 10 months ago

gallas has been training since last week dont forget. If so why would he not start. It may have been a rather large absence but he had been playing for the whole season so could not have lost is that quickly.

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