Arsenal vs Bayern match already heating up! by Ash
The next round of the Champions League may not still be until a few weeks time, however the pre-match talk has already begun and Arsenal aren’t being ruled out as much as they were last year. Admittedly the Gunners have improved immensely since the visit by Bayern last season, in which we lost 3-1 at the Emirates, and so you’d expect a better result this time around rather than last year’s unfavourable outcome. However we shouldn’t also forget that Bayern too have strengthened and improved with dominance in Germany. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger made two key changes to the Arsenal starting eleven. Vermaelen at left back was forced on him, and he decided to start with Walcott as the centre forward with Giroud on the bench. With the leggy Van Buyten in the Bayern defence, Wenger was hoping that Theo’s pace would be crucial.
Arsenal started well and were looking dangerous, but we were on the back foot after seven minutes when Munich broke down the right and the ball fell to Kroos who gave Szczesny no chance. That clearly shook Arsenal and settled Bayern down. It changed the dynamics of the game before we really got going. .......Read the full article here
The only member of the Arsenal team who has started more Premier league games this season than the captain Thomas Vermaelen is Santi Cazorla, The Belgian defender also started all six of the group games in the Champions league, outlining his experience and importance to Arsene Wenger. It could be a disaster for the Gunners if he misses the next European game, in a week’s time against the runaway leaders of the German Bundesliga, Bayern Munich. .......Read the full article here
Everything should be hunky-dory with Arsenal’s opponents in the Champions league knockout phase. Bayern Munich are 12 points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga, having lost just once in the league all season, scoring 51 goals and conceding just seven.
Tensions never seem to be far from the surface, however, and there are stories seeping out of Germany about unrest and different factions in the Bayern dressing room. Unsurprisingly, the Dutch international Arjen Robben is involved in the stories, and the club’s director of football, Matthias Sammer, has issued a statement to try and put a stop to the bickering. .......Read the full article here
Towards the end of the first half against Liverpool yesterday, most Arsenal fans will have experienced a sick feeling in their stomach, accompanied by a cold, clammy sensation that smells of pain and defeat. As Kieran Gibbs left the field to be replaced by Andre Santos, we all feared the worst. The only positive is that the injury gave Arsene Wenger 24 hours to find a replacement.