“The other day I played a great match and maybe I stand a chance of playing against Arsenal. If I do get to play, I won’t be scared. I’ll enjoy every minute of it and I’ll do all I can for the good of the team. The other day I felt comfortable playing in attack and I’m ready to play in any position the manager wants me to play in.” – Bojan Krkic.
“Scoring goals will give Bojan a lot of confidence. He is another possibility for us and he knows how to play these big games. Henry has a problem because people always seem to doubt his commitment and he has been playing for a long time with a tendon problem.” – Pep Guardiola.
While Arsenal fans are full of hope that Theo Walcott can prove himself in Catalonia, the home crowd will be equally expectant from their own star-of-tomorrow as all of a sudden Bojan Krkic is back in vogue at Barcelona.
At 19-years-old, Bojan has been breaking Barcelona records since signing as an eight-year-old. He has scored more than 900 goals in various levels of the club’s youth system, while he broke into the senior squad under Frank Rijkaard in the 2007-08 season, becoming the third youngest player in the club’s history to play for the first team when he made his debut against Osasuna.
Last Saturday against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, Bojan stole the plaudits after he replaced Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Swede tore a muscle in the warm-up going on to score a brace in the 4-1 home victory. Now, with Theirry Henry out of sorts, Bojan is the favourite to be charged with breaking Arsenal hearts in the second leg of their quarter-final.
Nippy, with quick feet and a low-centre of gravity, the fear for Arsenal fans will be that Bojan will tear shreds off of Sol Campbell who has shown the turning circle of a combine-harvester since returning with Arsenal.
Bojan Krkic’s match highlights against Bilbao can be seen here.
As a bonus, the match-reel of Xavi against Bilbao can be seen here.