Arsenal have a number of reasons for needing to win the Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb this evening, with a little bit of revenge for the defeat in Croatia probably more important to the Arsenal fans that to our manager.
But Arsene Wenger knows that the Gunners need to win to have any hope of staying in the Champions League past the group stage or even of having Europa League games on Thursdays and he has said that he would take Europe´s second club competition very seriously if we were to drop into it, so I expect a strong Arsenal line up to take to the Emirates pitch tonight. ...........Read more
Whether the game tonight ends up helping Arsenal to salvage our Champions League campaign this season, which has been left teetering on the brink of disaster after the Gunners lost three of the first four games in our group, remains to be seen.
All Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal team can do is to win the game tonight, hope that Bayern Munich give the Greek side Olympiacos a good kicking and then hope to do the same when we travel to Athens for the final game. ...........Read more
Arsenal lost Hector Bellerin last weekend, and Arsene Wenger also substituted Gabriel in place of Koscielny last night. Result? 5-1 defeat to the Germans. Would it have been any different if Koss and Bells were playing? I doubt it!
Arsene Wenger was not happy with the defensive performance at all!
With all the current injury problems affecting the various Arsenal players; with the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey now being joined by Hector Bellerin, the team selection of Arsene Wenger today for the Champions League match away to Bayern Munich is only complicated by whether the boss wants to go with his strongest side or not.
I assume that he does, especially after the morale boost that beating the Germans at home gave the Gunners. So it will be Petr Cech in the goal and Mathieu Debuchy joining the first choice defence of Mertesacker, Koscielny and Monreal. ...........Read more
After hitting Arsenal fans with the bad news about the latest injury blow to his playing staff, with the young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin having to miss out on the Champions League away tie with Bayern Munich, Arsene Wenger softened the blow by revealing on the Arsenal website that the groin problem our defender has picked up is not a major problem.
Hopefully it will allow Bellerin to line up against Tottenham in the north London derby this weekend but if not then at least we have a two week international break in which he can recover. I think he could be a big miss against Spurs on Sunday with his pace and attacking flair but I also think that in Munich tonight the Gunners might be batter off with his replacement Mathieu Debuchy. ...........Read more
It was not all good news for Arsenal this week, despite the delight at beating Bayern Munich and getting the Champions League campaign back on track. Aaron Ramsey had to be replaced by a suspected hamstring strain and now his lengthy absence has been confirmed by the latest injury update on the official Arsenal website.
Arsene Wenger revealed, “He had a scan today but he’s out. I believe he will be out until after the next international break. With the [last] international break, the fact that he played against Andorra certainly cost Bale and him as well.” ...........Read more
With most reports giving the Arsenal keeper Petr Cech the Man of the Match award for his brilliant display which helped Arsenal beat the German giants Bayern Munich and get our Champions League campaign back on track last night, you can understand why some people would say that the Gunners got lucky.
And with Pep Guardiola and his players having enjoyed a massive amount of the ball, with Arsenal having less than 30 percent possession on our own ground, this might seem to be the case. But this would be ignoring the way that Arsene Wenger set up his team and the tactics worked to perfection. ...........Read more
Maybe we are going over the top with the confidence and belief surging around Arsenal Football Club at the minute, but we did just become the first team this season to beat Pep Guardiola´s Bayern Munich. The German´s have been setting all sorts of records both individually and as a team so I think we are allowed to rave about our win.
And a Metro report has revealed that Arsenal are not just the first team to beat the German Bundesliga champions this season, but we are the first team to beat the Bayern team of Guardiola as well as his Barcelona side who were on top of the world when they lost to us back in 2011, with a certain young player called Jack Wilshere running the show. ...........Read more
There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger did not pick his strongest possible Arsenal line ups for the away game at Dinamo Zagreb and the home game with Olympiacos in the Champions League. And he took plenty of stick for it as well and knows that he needs to go full bore at Bayern Munich tonight.
But that does not necessarily mean that he will start the same Arsenal XI that won at Watford in the Premier League on Saturday. In fact, I think he will make at least two changes. Santi Cazorla has been brilliant in central midfield for us but I wonder how he will cope with the pace, pressing and possession of the German giants. ...........Read more
We all know that Arsenal are right up the creek after losing the first two games in our Champions League group to the unfancied Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos from Greece. But the nature of football being what it is and Arsenal having pulled off bigger comebacks in the past, Arsenal fans are still hoping that we might actually have a paddle.
It might be a small paddle but if used right it could just get the Gunners back down the proverbial creek. Not according to Carlo Ancelotti though, and this top manager does know what he is talking about after winning the European cup three times as a manager and twice as a player. ...........Read more