While a lot of the talk and emphasis from Arsenal as we prepare for the crunch clash with Olympiacos in Greece tonight has been on the attacking side of our game, the Gunners cannot abandon the other side of the game. So it will be a big night for the back four and the keeper Petr Cech because an Olympiacos goal means we have to score at least three times.
But with all the focus on Arsenal creating and scoring goals against the Greek champions, I think the mist important position in our team is that of the defensive midfielder. I assume it will be Mathieu Flamini with Aaron Ramsey in the box-to-box role and it is vital that the Frenchman has a good game.
He needs to be very disciplined for one thing, especially in the early stages. None of this trying to join in with the attack and getting in the box. Flamini is the player that must be aware and ready to stop any possible counter attack from Olympiacos.
It would be nice to think that Ramsey could be disciplined as well but I have my doubts, especially if the need for goals keeps getting more urgent as time slips away. If we get into the last 15 minutes and things are looking desperate then it might be time to throw caution to the winds and get Flamini forward. Until then, however, the French midfielder has the most important job in the team and must provide good protection to the defence.
Is tonight the night we really start to miss Francis Coquelin?