Yesterday at the Valery Lobanovsky Stadium Dynamo Kiev manager Yury Semin spoke about our upcoming Champions League fixture in Kiev, and revealed some of his thoughts on Arsenal and his tactics.
He has been watching the team closely in the run up to the fixture and had this to say about us:
“Arsene Wenger’s side play an easy natural game, and enjoy their football,”
“They have many young and talented footballers, all very technically gifted.”
He was impressed by the 4-0 win at Blackburn,
“The game was totally in Arsenal’s control,”
“Despite the four goals scored they had many other chances. Arsenal’s victory was absolutely the fair result.”
He also mentioned Adebayor, and it sounds like Dynamo will give Ade a rough time:
“We knew very well prior to this, the capabilities of the Arsenal forward,”
“But we will not be putting a man-marker on him. Adebayor plays all over the pitch, and in every zone there will be one of our players to meet him.”
It looks like Dynamo have been watching us closely and know that the only way to stop us is to press us all over the pitch.
Semin will have seen how we exploited the open spaces against Blackburn, and he will be working with the players to stifle our tactics.
Expect Dynamo to be defensive, it’s not going to be easy, we’re playing away and that is always very difficult especially in the Ukraine and Russia. Many European teams fail out East and we have before – Spartak Moscow a few years ago for example.
Wenger will have been studying Dynamo with his staff, and I hope that they can work out a way to get us into the game, otherwise we may be in for 90 minutes of frustration.