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? .......Read the full article here
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. . .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
There is no doubt whatsoever that Arsenal’s chances in the home leg against Bayern Munich were destroyed by the referee. Whether he was right or wrong to send off Wojciech Szczesny, when Robben seemed to have tipped the ball quite far away from goal, is not the dicussion here. The fact is that it ruined the rest of the game for the neutrals and completely turned the tide against the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
It remains to be seen, of course, but you get the feeling that Arsenal have put their recent troubles and dip if form behind them. They certainly need to, as we reach the business end of the season still in with varying chances of success in three competitions and that has not been true for many a year.
Olivier Giroud was understandably upbeat after scoring twice from the bench and the French international is not alone in feeling that an upset could well be on the cards in Munich tomorrow. They might as well believe, because nobody else does. That confidence could be vital in what is going to be a very tough game. .......Read the full article here
No one at Arsenal was under any illusion that pulling off a repeat of last season’s Champions League win in Munich would be easy. In fact it would be close to a miracle, even though the Gunners did it before. We have to realise that Bayern took their eye off the ball a bit last time and we took advantage well.
Another blistering performance from the Germans at the weekend, in which they beat a pretty good Wolfsburg 6-1 away from home, shows that Pep Guardiola has made Bayern even stronger. They also seem relentless in their quest to be the first team to defend the European cup in it’s new format. .......Read the full article here
I wonder if Michael Owen has anything to say about Arsenal and Mesut Ozil today. Probably bot, because yesterday’s game did not fit his biased and narrow-minded view of the football world. Especially as the man he has the temerity to criticise for inconsistency (pots, kettles and black come to mind), was back with a really good performance.
Arsene Wenger was suitably impressed with his record signing, although to be fair to the Frenchman he never seemed to have any doubt. What was clear from yesterday was that Ozil has benefited from a break. He looked fresh and worked really hard, even doing the so-called dirty work of tracking back and defending. If he hadn’t, then Everton could have made it really sticky for the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
Flamini targeting FA Cup success! by Ash
The FA Cup has often been sorted as a very predominant trophy to attain in English football and is certainly still the big trophy out of the two domestic knockout competitions in England. The Capital One cup attracts a crowd but deep down, it holds no speciality, often being referred to as the ‘Mickey Mouse Cup’. It still hurts to lose a final to Birmingham though. .......Read the full article here
I am sure that I am not the only Arsenal fan who wants Arsene Wenger to alter his priorities a bit in the next six days. He would normally prioritise the Champions League over the FA cup with games in each coming within three days of each other, but has already hinted that he will field his strongest side against Everton on Saturday.
That does not mean, of course, that the Gunners will give up on Europe and I think that two of our German players could be the key to pulling off a real shock. Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil really have something to prove against Bayern Munich and are both likely to start. .......Read the full article here
Just like last season, Arsenal have a big game in the FA cup just days before a Champions League match against Bayern Munich. There are differences this season, however, and one of the main ones, according to Arsene Wenger, is that the Gunners will definitely not take their eye off the ball this time.
Last season it was Blackburn Rovers in the FA cup prior to playing the Germans, but it was the first leg of the Champions League and the fifth round of the domestic competition against a lower league side. We all know what happened. Wenger rested some of his best players and the ones on the pitch were not fully focused, eventually losing to a soft late goal. We then went on to capitulate at the Emirates to Bayern and it was the worst part of the season. .......Read the full article here
Why Wenger needs to accept our limitations and prioritise the FA cup by KJ
After the disappointing loss to Stoke, Arsenal are now hoping to get a win against Everton at the weekend to ensure we don’t let this slide of 2 wins in 6 games continue. To do this, we will need to put out our best team against Everton and, unfortunately, I fear Wenger may opt to favour the midweek tie against Bayern Munich over the possibility of going to Wembley in the FA Cup. .......Read the full article here