MANCHESTER - Arsene Wenger's approach to Arsenal's Champions League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday will be in complete contrast to Alex Ferguson's. "The rules, the modern rules, encourage teams at home to be cautious and the away team to be audacious," the Arsenal manager said on the eve of the semi-final first leg. "To score an away goal could be very important," Wenger told reporters during a pre-match briefing. United manager Ferguson said earlier on Tuesday he was prepared to adopt a cautious approach and would be happy with a tight and narrow victory. "We need to win without losing a goal, I can put it that way," Ferguson told a news conference. Wenger said: "What I want is for my team to play with belief and certainty and with a desire to score goals. "This is the moment we've waited for. This is the moment we want to show we have what's needed to take advantage of this first game." Wenger, who led Arsenal to the final in 2006 when they lost to Barcelona, added that he could see his present generation of players winning the trophy. "I'm an optimist and I believe I will win it and the sooner the better." Arsenal are almost clear of injury concerns although question marks remain over the involvement of Kieran Gibbs with an ankle complaint while former United defender Mikael Silvestre may also be absent with a back problem. NEWS: Walcott - Gunners have enough firepower NEWS: Fearless Gunners can reach Rome again NEWS: Van der Sar: Reds determined to replicate Moscow UNITED FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Carlos Tevez Q&A Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistlerooy One on One David Beckham, George Best Ask A Silly Question Bryan Robson Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson Perfect XI Garth Crooks, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona What Happened Next? David May, Norman Whiteside Sing When You’re Winning Dominic Monaghan, Ian Brown And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate United players (and others) on Talentspotter ARSENAL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter
28 April 2009
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