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Is former Arsenal boss right about forgetting Champions League?

Arsenal are under no illusions about the sixe of the task ahead of them if they are to progress to the next round of the Champions League. Going to the home of the strongest team in Europe, if not the world, needing to score two goals and not concede just to earn an extra 30 minutes is a mountain of Everest proportions.

And the fact that the return leg in Munich comes just three days after the Gunners host Everton in the quarter-final of the FA cup, and face three huge Premier League games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City after Bayern, has convinced former Arsenal boss George Graham that the best thing to do would be to forget about Europe.

Arsenal need 1987 repeat to kick start trophy success

There is a monkey on the back of the current Arsenal team and it has been there for eight years now. I am, of course, talking about the trophy drought, which is really starting to bug the fans, especially as the English media cannot wait to bring it up at the drop of the hat. Remember Carl Jenkinson’s post-match interview following the fantastic victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena?

Graham thinks Wenger’s standards have slipped at Arsenal

George Graham had a decent stint himself as manager of Arsenal. In nearly nine years in charge of the Gunners, he won two titles and four cups. He was sacked by the club after the `bung` scandal when he took nearly half a million to facilitate the transfers of John Jensen and Pal Lydersen.

Graham thinks he would also have been sacked if he had been in charge of a trophyless spell like the one Arsene Wenger is currently enduring. Graham did not really have a go at the Frenchman, when he was speaking to Talksport, but he believes that standards have slipped considerably sine Wenger’s earlier glory years.

Arsenal could easily be out of FA cup

Swansea 2 – 2 Arsenal, the score line flatters us by KJ

What can I say? It was another mediocre performance by the Arsenal. The players were by and large dreadful and completely lacked any creativity until we went a goal down. We were lucky to come out of the game still in the FA cup.

We started off very timidly and we just passed it sideways or gave the ball away to Swansea who were generally better than us on possession. They were the more threatening team but it was a boring first half in truth.

Arsenal and Wenger need help in January but it won’t come from Henry!

The former Arsenal manager George Graham is backing Arsene Wenger to prove his critics wrong and get the Gunners back to playing the exciting, flowing and attacking football that he made famous when he joined the club. Graham believes that Wenger needs to use another of his skills to do it, though. Le Prof has unearthed some real gems in the past, and he will need to do it again in the January transfer window to appease the increasingly frustrated and belligerent fans.

George Graham – Coming fourth is not a trophy Wenger!

The ex-Gunners manager George Graham is upset that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board refuse to go that extra mile to actually win a real trophy rather than just aiming to qualify for the Champions League, and even then don’t expect to get past the quarter-finals!

Arsenal are currently odds-on in the Premier League betting to finish in the top four, which may change if the Gunners fail to beat Spurs next weekend, but Graham thinks they should be aiming higher than that. “The problem with Arsenal is their objective is to finish in the top four rather than aiming to win the Premier League title,” Graham said.

Have Arsenal found their ‘winning mentality’ at last?

The ‘belief’ factor by KJ

Recently, I’ve been analysing Arsenal’s mental qualities and presenting the possibility of a new ‘Invincibles’ under Wenger. Although it’s very unlikely, it’s still a great possibility to have these types of characters on the field, in the dressing room, on the training ground. Just now, Wenger discussed the importance of belief in his most recent press conference and Arsenal will definitely need that in the impossible Milan tie at the Emirates, it could prove to be the biggest mental test for this Arsenal side to this date. It got me thinking, how did Arsenal’s mental strength develop during the two most recent eras, Graham and Wenger?

George Graham – Arshavin not good enough for Arsenal

Former Gunners manager George Graham has lambasted Wenger’s signing of Andrey Arshavin, criticising both his performances and his commitment to the club.

Speaking to talkSPORT the day after Arsenal’s excellent win in Marseille, Graham said, “Arshavin’s been a poor buy, his enthusiasm doesn’t seem to be there. Last night and in the past, he’s looked like he doesn’t want to be there. When he pulls that shirt on he’s not been good enough for me.”

The tricky Russian played for most of the game – being replaced by game-winner Ramsey with 10 minutes to spare – but some might have expected him to have come off sooner after a disappointing display in which he offered very little at all.

Wenger’s Tweaks Can Make Arsenal Champions!

After Adam Kemp’s earlier Guest Post that was not too confident of the Gunners coming out of December unscathed, we now have one from another regular, Graham from London. He thinks that things are a lot more positive than they look……….

Wengers Tweaks Can Make Us Champions

Ok, so the ever long argument that we can’t defend is at the forefront of our minds as we head the table going into December. But we are top with once indomitable opposition faltering at the most surprising times this season. None of the frontrunners belong at the top of the table for long, I am sure that we will hand it over to one of them soon, but I also think they may hand it back.

Will Van Persie ever play a full season again?

I have a Guest Post just come in from Graham in London, and it is a very well thought out piece addressing the problem of Robin Van Persie, who is due to make yet another comeback from injury tonight. Over to you Graham…

Shades of Marco?

If Robin van Persie was born a horse he would have long ago been sent out to stud. But with a lengthy contract until June 2014, Arsenal has persisted in what looks like an increasingly forlorn attempt to rehabilitate the 27-year-old former Feyenoord forward

George Graham – Be realistic, Arsenal need a new keeper…

The ex-Arsenal manager George Graham thinks it is obvious that the Gunners are not going to be good enough to challenge for the top honours unless they replace Manuel Almunia with a top-class goalkeeper, and he doesn’t think they should just be looking at Mark Schwarzer.

Graham said: “I think if you’re going to really be realistic challengers for the Premier League you need a top, top-class goalkeeper.

“I think Almunia is a good goalkeeper but there’s about half a dozen good goalkeepers in the Premier League.