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Arsenal to lose in Champions League quarter-finals again?

Champions League? by GP

I want to point out that, although Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League again, there is something that continues to anger me.

The question I have for Mr Wenger is how many times have we really threatened to go all the way apart from 2006 and 2009?

Every season we have a situation where we can win the group thereby making the next draw easier on paper. Despite that, Wenger continues to go into these games with weakened teams which result in defeat and a tougher draw for the next round.

Arsenal v Everton – Can the Gunners weakened defence keep a clean sheet?

After a rather disappointing trip to Greece, Arsenal play host to Everton in the Barclays Premier League. A win will see the Gunners back in the top four and with Chelsea up against Man City on Monday, they are most likely to stay there.

Arsenal are truly in a red-hot run of form at the moment, winning six of their last seven league games. Moreover, the Gunners have a great record against Everton. Arsenal have won 13 of their last 15 league games against David Moyes’ side and are unbeaten in their last eight meetings.

Should Arsenal play a weakened team against Olympiakos?

Now that Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League knockout stages as winners of their group, then surely Arsene Wenger will play a team made up completely of reserves that didn’t play in the game against Wigan on the preceeding weekend?

When asked, Wenger said that he would “respect the competition”, and he will still want his team to remain unbeaten by getting at least a draw at Olympiakos. At the moment all three of the other teams could still progress but Arsenal could give an unfair advantage to the Greek side if they field a weakened team, but should Wenger care about the other teams?

Arsenal to field weakened team against Man Utd

Arsène Wenger will struggle to field a decent team against Manchester United in tomorrow’s quarter-final FA Cup against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The injury list has grown again in the wake of Arsenal’s game against Barcelona on Tuesday.

The injury list already included Vermaelen, Song and Walcott. But Cesc Fabregas has more hamstring trouble and will be out for two weeks. Wojchech Szczesny dislocated his finger in Barcelona and could be out for up to 6 weeks leaving Wenger with only one senior goalkeeper to call upon.

Wenger – Avram Grant is too proud to play a weakened team

The Portsmouth manager Avram Grant is not happy that his side has been given absolutely no chance of survival in the Premiership this season, since they were given a 9 point penalty for going into administration, and Grant has threatened to stage a protest by playing his reserves against Hull this weekend.

But the Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger thinks that Grant will not risk breaking the league rules, and his pride won’t allow him to play to lose, no matter how upset he is with the penalty.

“There are rules in the Premier League over fielding weakened teams,” said Wenger today.