Well here we are. Given all the hoo-hah surrounding our poor league form, Thierry Henryâ€™s future and taking into account the quality of our opposition, then this is possibly our biggest Champions League game since we first got into the competition, back in 1998. Itâ€™s got a lot hanging on it.
What do I really expect from tonight? All that I ask is that the insipid Arsenal we saw last outing stands up and is counted this time. If we play our socks off and still lose, thereâ€™s no shame in that.
And you know what, Iâ€™m backing them to put in a big performance this evening. Partly because they have to, partly because itâ€™s a huge game for all of our players, even the most seasoned pros, on the biggest stage there is, and partly because we have no choice but to go and make a game of it.
Looking forward to it. Itâ€™s what itâ€™s all about, innit?