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MOGGA'S POSITIVE HOOPS CAN SPIKE GUNS.

Byline: MARK GUIDI

TONY MOWBRAY used to look on in awe at Highbury as Arsenal lit up the Champions League with their sparkling football.

But now he wants to rob Arsene Wenger's men of the chance to strut their stuff on Europe biggest stage by leading Celtic to a shock victory in this year's qualifiers.

When Mogga was a coach at Ipswich he travelled to London for big European nights to watch the Gunners in action.

Stars like Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Manu Petit, Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg treated him to some memorable football.

Arsenal still play the same stylish stuff but Mowbray believes his Celtic side can pip them to a place in the group stage.

Ahead of Tuesday's first leg at Parkhead the Celtic boss said: "When I watched Arsenal they defeated some of the biggest teams in Europe at a canter. It was sometimes even 3-0 and I loved watching them. They may have loads of different players now but they are still a great footballing side.

"We need to deny them space but can't be too negative.

"We must all be switched on and can't lose our concentration.

"They have good footballers who find the space to hurt you.

"But Arsenal can be vulnerable at the back and leave themselves exposed.

"I hope AIden McGeady and Shaun Maloney can skip past a defender. I hope Scott Brown can burst past them from midfield. I hope Danny Fox can deliver balls into the right areas.

"I will also be hoping we can win 2-0 or even 3-0. I want us to give them one helluva of a game and I'm sure we will."

Even if Celtic suffer a heavy defeat over the two legs Mowbray will not change his style.

His West Brom team went down last season but received praise for their football.

And Everton chairman Bill Kenwright even wrote to Mogga last month to congratulate him on the entertainment his Baggies side brought to the Premiership.

The Hoops boss said: "It's about repetition of good habits. That brings success.

"I don't want to give my players mixed messages by doing different things every week. You have to stick to what you believe in."

Wenger has also stuck to his guns at Arsenal despite failing to deliver a trophy for four years.

That drought has led to criticism from some quarters but Mowbray is a fan of the Frenchman.

He said: "Arsene has created an identity for Arsenal. He knows the football he wants them to play and has never wavered from that.

"He has been forced to take it on the chin for not winning a trophy in recent seasons.

"But I see him as an impressive individual who has created an empire.

"Maybe the cost of building Arsenal's new stadium has hindered his attempts to bring world class players to the club.

"But Arsene still produces great players and his team will always be there or thereabouts at the end of a season."

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 16, 2009
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