European football is conditioning for Arsenal by Big Gun
Hi Gooners, The Champions League is no doubt where a club’s true strength and abilities are conveyed. Many people around the globe continually claim the BPL to be the toughest league in the world, therefore sporting the biggest number of quality teams. (This statement is probably true since Chelsea, Man City and now most recently Liverpool became a force.) Even still, I think that CL results throws that theory toward the window a bit as in the last two decades, it has been predominantly Spanish and Italian clubs winning the tournament. A debate for a rainy day. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal endured a disappointing night only highlighted by the fantastic atmosphere that was ringing around the Emirates from the first minute till the last. The fans were fantastic but the team was not, in a game that was arguably Arsenal’s toughest of the season so far. Not helped by several opinionated decisions, Arsenal suffered a 2-0 loss to the hands of the German and European Champions Bayern Munich. .......Read the full article here
I said the other day that Arsenal had little to lose and a lot to gain from this Champions League game against Bayern Munich and, despite defeat, I think that we can take quite a few positives from the game. Mertesacker and Wenger certainly didn’t sound too negative in their post-match interviews.
The fact that the Gunners were excellent and outplayed the team most people think is the best in the world at the minute is the main one, of course. It really was an electric start from us and if Ozil had not fluffed his spot kick it was shaping up to be a famous night. But right up until the sending off, the Gunners looked like we could win it. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has identified one of the major reasons why Arsenal were knocked out of last season’s Champions League by tonight’s opponents Bayern Munich. Apart from the obvious things like them being a brilliant team that is. The Frenchman is known for worrying more about his own team’s preparations than planning specifically for the opponents and it is at home where he saw the problems last year.
Wenger feels that the key to avoiding a repeat of last year’s 3-1 home defeat is in the mental approach of his players. He feels we panicked a bit after losing an early goal and, by chasing the game, left ourselves exposed to a counter attack, which is one of Bayern’s many strengths. .......Read the full article here
Get your thinking caps on and your crystal balls and tarot cards out Arsenal fans, because it is competition time again. Bayern Munich are the visitors to the Emirates tonight in what could well be the most difficult game of the season for the Gunners.
Our road to progression in the Champions League is blocked by a giant German ogre who are odds on to sweep Arsenal aside as they did with Barcelona last season, but Arsene Wenger will be hoping that his team can repeat the heroics of Munich from last season and cause a huge upset. Of course, our home performance against Bayern was far from heroic and if we play like that again, it promises to be a long and painful night for Gooners everywhere. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger must be delighted to have some options up for for Arsenal, no disrespect to Nicklas Bendtner. An impressive debut from young French striker Yaya Sanogo in the FA cup win over Liverpool, as well as the well-publicised off-field problems of Giroud have made this a realistic question.
Logic would tell you that a knockout Champions League game against the current holders Bayern Munich would be too big a match to start Sanogo in, but you could have said the same about the Liverpool game, especially after the beating they gave us at Anfield and the pressure on the club. The lanky striker showed no fear at the weekend and his confidence must be high. .......Read the full article here
Oxlade Chamberlain is the star of the show! by Ash
Arsenal normally has at least one young Gun to light up the league with their performances over the course of the season and this year it is no different. Originally we thought it was Aaron Ramsey, almost a reborn player coming back from a long injury lay off and it’s after effect. But after Ramsey was injured again this season, it paved the way for another long term returnee, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, to make his way back into the team and start grabbing the headlines. But there is talk in the papers that Arsene Wenger is thinking of replacing him with Rosicky for the Bayern game. .......Read the full article here
When Arsenal were drawn against Bayern Munich for the first knockout stage of the Champions League, it was no surprise to most of us. The Gunners have had the worst result in almost every draw we have been in so far this season, but these things happen and you just have to make the best of it. .......Read the full article here
This is the news we have all been waiting for Arsenal fans, along with the news that Abramovich is pulling his money out of Chelsea and Mourinho is taking a vow of silence. The Gunners’ best player of the season so far, Aaron Ramsey, has been given good news on his thigh injury and should be back within the month.
Arsenal have already had the disappointment of one return being put back when the problem recurred after he returned to training towards the end of January, so the club was understandably worried. But, according to the Daily Mail, Ramsey has had the all-clear after a medical scan on his thigh and will soon resume training. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal will tomorrow face probably the toughest opponents that we have come face to face with all season. The champions of Germany and the Champions of Europe, Bayern Munich, will be visiting the Emirates for a crunch Champions League clash for the first leg between the two.
Arsenal will no doubt be nervous, but we have improved since last year and I’m sure we can put up even more of a fight. Whilst rather surprisingly, it seems that our opponents too are slightly worried about this game. Thomas Muller has previously stated that Arsenal will not be easy, whilst today manager Pep Guardiola has stated that there is a lot of respect for this current Arsenal side. .......Read the full article here
Per Mertesacker feeling on edge about Bayern? by Ash
Arsenal and Germany international defender Per Mertesacker has shown the first signs of worrying ahead of Arsenal’s first leg, last 16 Champions League tie against current holders Bayern Munich. Mertesacker has recognised the difficulty of the tie and has affectively warned the Gunners that unless two ‘perfect displays’ are performed within the two legs, then Arsenal should wave goodbye to progression. .......Read the full article here
This game against Liverpool was extremely important for Arsenal. We had lost badly against them a week earlier and it was an opportunity to progress to the next round of the FA cup, with many big teams already dropping out of it.
Wenger gambled with his team and made seven changes overall with 21 year old Yaya Sanogo making his full starting debut for us. Wenger could’ve played it safe and started the more experienced Bendtner but clearly the our manager had been impressed by his fellow Frenchman in training and provided him with a massive platform to perform on. And he didn’t disappoint. .......Read the full article here