I may be clutching at straws here but as Arsenal prepare to host Bayern Munich, the holders and favourites for this year’s Champions League, anything that can help the Gunners’ cause is extremely welcome. So it is good news that the Germans lost another key player to injury at the weekend, while quite a few of our big players got a well earned rest.
Arsene Wenger’s tactics could have backfired, but he was proved right as the energy of Flamini, Ox, Podolski, Sanogo and Jenkinson was just what we needed to contain Liverpool. It means that the likes Of Jack Wilshere, Giroud, Cazorla, Sagna and Rosicky will be fresh and ready to go if they are picked on Wednesday, when the Gunners will need to be in tip-top form. .......Read the full article here
As soon as Arsenal were knocked back into second place in their Champions League `group of death`, with a bizarre goalkeeping calamity from Marseille giving Dortmund an undeserved win in the last game, Gooners everywhere were fearing the worst, and we duly got it in last year’s winners and the favourites for this year, Bayern Munich.
Arsenal know it is going to be a tall order, but there are some reasons for us to feel a bit of encouragement. Mainly the fact that Arsenal are much better this season, but also the fact we nearly turned them over in Munich last time. And now there are more reasons to be cheerful for Gooners. .......Read the full article here
I can’t speak for the rest of the Arsenal fans, in fact I can’t really speak at all because my mouth is full of flies after walking around with my jaw hanging open since Monday night. However, I am going to go out on a limb and say that we are all excited about the prospect of Mesut Ozil playing at the Emirates.
The reaction from the football world continues to roll in, with many experts and players expressing their admiration of Arsene Wenger in securing the German international’s signature and their surprise at Florentino Perez and Real Madrid in letting him leave. .......Read the full article here
Bayern Munich vs Arsenal preview, match line up and score line prediction. by KJ
The sad truth is that this tie is all but lost. Our inability to defend in the first leg has created a monumental task for our players in Germany. We have to go to the Allianz and beat arguably the best side in Europe 3 – 0 at least to qualify for the next round. That’s an extremely difficult task for the likes of Barcelona and Madrid, let alone Arsenal. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal will need every advantage they can get to produce a famous victory in Munich and progress to the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Bayern. There is some good news for the Gunners today, though, as it appears that Franck Ribery will definitely miss Wednesday’s clash at the Allianz Arena while Arjen Robben is a real doubt.
Bayern will already have to do without their midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger and defender Jerome Boateng because they are suspended. Bayern still have plenty of good players available, but they will definitely be weakened by the absence of these players. .......Read the full article here
After Arsenal lost at home to Bayern Munich three weeks ago, their midfielder Franck Ribery admitted that the German side was surprised at how easy the Gunners had made it for them. He certainly had a point, especially on their goals which were all quite preventable. Not many football experts expect Arsenal to overturn the 3-1 deficit, but the Bayern players are steeling themselves for a much better performance in the second leg. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has been sweating on the fitness of the French international centre back Laurent Koscielny, as Arsenal have been hit with defensive injuries in this crucial period of the season. The 27-year old had to sit out yesterday’s training in the hope of being able to play tonight, and it seems to have worked, as the Mirror reports he is fit to play.
Hopefully Koscielny will not have to pull out just before the match as he did against Sunderland, because that would really leave the Gunners with no spare ammunition. As it is, the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen should play at left back because of the injury to Kieran Gibbs and the fact that Nacho Monreal is cup tied after playing in the Champions league for Malaga this season. .......Read the full article here
Nobody can accuse the Arsenal number one Wojciech Szczesny of having a problem with his self confidence, and the 22-year old stopper has declared that he has no fear of tonight’s German opposition Bayern Munich. The Polish international is well aware of their record this season, but he has faith in himself and his Arsenal team mates, and he seems to be expecting to surprise a few people tonight. .......Read the full article here
The game against Bayern Munich draws inexorably closer and there’s a growing worry that we’ll be extremely short in the left back position against one of the best teams in Europe. There are really only two options for the left back position against Munich – Sagna and Vermaelen. Fortunately, Santos won’t be an option after securing a loan move to Gremio today. .......Read the full article here