On a day when one of the biggest games in English history occurs, it seems natural to look back to history.
And so to the great David Rocastle. A man who deserved to play in a Champions League semi-final and missed out mainly because of Heysel. A real man who merited an occasion such as this. His career didn't get it, but he is still an apt figure to quote from just hours before kick-off:
"Remember who you are, what you are and who you represent."
That's my message to the Arsenal squad. We're not just Arsenal, we're The Arsenal.
Wear the shirt with pride. Do Arsene justice. Do us justice. I have nothing more to ask.
Keep the faith,