Most Arsenal fans have known this for some time now, realising after the 6-0 defeat against Chelsea that our title challenge for this season was completely over. Some persisted to believe and I think the players were especially led to believe they could overturn the odds however if you know Arsenal like the most of us do then defying the odds is not exactly Arsenal’s thing.
Morning Arsenal fans, but it is certainly not a good morning. The result was bad enough, but the poorness of the Arsenal performance against Everton has made us all very worried that the Gunners will finally relinquish the Wenger cup and find ourselves out of the Champions League next season. So what exactly will that mean for the club?
Nothing is decided yet and Everton have some really tough games left to play; with Man City, United, Southampton, Palace, Sunderland and Hull who could all do us a favour. But for the purposes of this article, I am going to assume that they beat us to that coveted last European place.
Why we will finish in the top 4 by KJ
After Everton’s win yesterday, there have been many worries that they could pip Arsenal to the top 4, with them being only 4 points behind us as well as having a game in hand and a game against us at Goodison park. However, I don’t think they will and I’ll explain why.
The result against Man City, although confirming that the Gunners won’t win the title this season, does mean that we can play for the draw against Everton at Goodison and with our remaining fixtures being extremely easy, we are the favourites to finish providing we get that result. Here is our fixture list to show you how easy it is after that game vs Everton this Sunday:
I was just sat watching the spuds get roasted, and I am not talkng about Sunday dinner here, when the commentator uttered a phrase that may have got some Arsenal fans in a bit of a lather. It went along the lines of, Everton will join Liverpool in having a great season by qualifying for the Champions League if they win all of their remaining games.
But don’t worry Gooners, it is not going to happen. Even if Arsenal have another away day nightmare next weekend and lose to the Toffees, we then have a good looking run-in, with home games against West Ham, Newcastle and West Brom and trips to Hull and Norwich.
A task too tough for the Gunners? by Ash
Arsenal came away from Munich having drawn 1-1 with German league and cup and Champions League holders, Bayern Munich. The final aggregate score was 3-1 to Bayern Munich and it closed off another European adventure for an Arsenal side that really missed their opportunity of progression this year.
Arsenal did not go out of the Champions League to Bayern because of the game in Munich, but if it wasn’t for a brilliant penalty save from Lukasz Fabianski, they would have lost both legs of the last 16 tie. And both would have been directly attributable to, let’s say debatable, decisions by the officials.
I know people have been saying that Laurent Koscielny should have been more careful because it was Arjen Robben and everyone knows he will go down if touched. Hold on a minute, don’t the referees know this as well? And should that not mean that they are less likely to give a penalty or free kick to the diving Dutchman? And why was he not booked for his outrageous dive in the first half?
The question of whether the Arsenal manager has got some sort of problem with the German striker Lukas Podolski has been raised on more than one occasion and has never been successfully answered. It seemed pretty odd that Podolski was hardly used after coming back from a long injury lay-off, especially when Wenger had been full of praise for his finishing.
That finishing power was on show again in Munich last night, smashing an equaliser past Manuel Neuer that not many players in the world could replicate. I think we can accept that it is not Podolkski’s finishing that keeps him from being a more regular starter, but his all-round play. .
By not winning their Champions League group, Arsenal brought yet another Champions League last 16 exit on themselves. But just like last season, it does not feel like a disaster. INstead, the Arsenal players and fans can feel great pride in standing toe-to-toe with Bayern Munich in their own backyard.
Don’t forget what they did to Barcelona last year and what they have been doing to every team in the German Bundesliga all season. And this season they are better, which makes it even more of a boost for Arsenal, especially as it was the decision to send off Szczesny that really decided the tie, not poor play at home like last season.
Bayern Munich 1 – 1 Arsenal Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
A spirited performance from an Arsenal side which deserves a lot of admiration for the way they played. Coming back against the European Champions after a red card and a 2-0 deficit from the first leg was always a lot to ask, but the players left everything on the pitch and put in a magnificent effort.
Arsenal exit with heads high by Uche
Wow! Don’t you just wonder what could have been if only Arsenal had a fair chance in the first leg of our game against Bayern? If only….. I am sitting in my living room all alone, with no distractions but the game before me and what was unfolding before my eyes couldn’t be clearer. We are playing the best team in the world and we look like their equal. Yes they had more possession and created the most chances but generally speaking, we were their equal none the less. What a shame we lost this game weeks ago in the first leg.
Bayern 1 – 1 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ
After the Arsenal manager opted for a very attacking formation away to Bayern Munich, along with the German’s record at the Allianz arena, it was not the rip-roaring start you would have expected. The Gunners could not quite get going and Bayern, although strong in possession and pressing Arsenal strongly, did not make too many chances either.
Arsenal knew they had to be at their best and the passing was just not quite crisp and accurate enough, allowing Bayern to dominate the ball and make us work hard. After 30 minutes, Oxlade_Chamberlain went on a brilliant run that sparked Arsenal a bit. The young Englishman was worrying the Germans and the ref should have given out some cards as they kept cynically blocking him off.