By Ollie Irish
1. Theo Walcott’s pace
“It may be really good for him to run 100m in a little over 10 seconds, but the aim is to get to the goal. We’ll wait there for him and we’ll see what he can do with the ball – let’s see if he can get past four defenders.” Barca left-back Eric Abidal on Arsenal speed demon Theo Walcott.
I have to side with Abidal here. Walcott made a massive impact in the first leg, but mostly because a) he had nothing to lose (so no nerves) and b) he was facing tired opponents. This time he’ll play from the start – or so most people assume – and Barca won’t get fooled again. I predict Walcott will have little say on the tie.
2. Sol Campbell’s turning circle
As Alex Song has groin and knee injuries, Big Sol (or Silvestre?) may be wheeled out to face an attacking trio of Bojan Krkic, Pedro and Lionel Messi. As impressive as Campbell has been in his second stint, why do I have the mental image of a Wildebeest being attacked by three young leopards?
3. Lionel Messi’s genius
After a dynamite start, the boy wonder was pretty quiet at the Grove, so can he step