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Arsenal paid the price for its tactics

Updated: March 9, 2011, 2:45 AM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

What a difference two weeks make. Whereas in the first leg of its round of 16 Champions League tie, Arsenal had attacked Barcelona venomously, it decided to sit back this time around and try to coast its 2-1 aggregate lead into the quarterfinals. What an error in judgment that was.

Under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal hasn't often been accused of cowardice. The coach always has subscribed to the school of thought that soccer is best played by attacking rather than defending and ...

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