Posted on February 23, 2015 by ADMIN

Arsenal get Champions League backing from VERY odd source

It comes with the territory I suppose and is probably the case with most local rivals, but the manager´s of Arsenal and Tottenham have often had little spats and obviously a great deal of rivalry. In recent years, of course, that has meant Arsene Wenger against a long line of coaches that have tried, with some coming very close but all failing, to finish above the Gunners in the Premier League.

It was not just bragging rights they were after though, but a coveted place in the Champions League. One manager who gave Wenger a proper run for his money and did actually get the spuds into Europe´s elite was Harry Redknapp, and the former White Hart Lane boss has really surprised me by talking up Arsenal chances in this year´s tournament.

As reported by, he believes that Wenger´s team and squad do now have the attacking talent and a strong enough defence to really compete.

Harry also feels that the bit of luck that Arsenal got in the draw for the knockout phase could be just the boost and the inspiration we need to really give it a go this season. We have seen before with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United that a bit of luck can make a massive difference in winning the big one. In previous years if you bet on Arsenal to win the elite competition you may as well have stuck your money into slot machines, but this time Old ‘Arry seriously believes we have a real chance in this campaign.

He said, “The Gunners would be my dark horses for the Champions League because when you get a bit of luck like they have had, you start to think this could just be the year when your name is going to be scratched on the trophy.

“They are coming together nicely as an attacking force, and I don’t think their defence is as dodgy as some people like to make out.”

Redknapp is currently starring in a TV ad for a betting site, but is it worth putting a few quid on his pick of Arsenal as dark horses for European cup glory?

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  1. Budd ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I already have EUR 100 on Arsenal winning UCL. This was made on a 24/1. I may live to regret I haven’t put EUR 1000.

      1. Budd ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        That bet was placed after we draw Anderlecht but is not changed a lot since. I reckon we’re at 21-22 today.

  2. fred cowardly says:

    I can’t wait for the match. I wish it was tomorrow night. I’m not very patient person

    At least I can watch Messi and Suarez have fun with City.

    Seriously, I’m feeling really positive about our Champions League matches and FA Cup matches this month. Really exciting times ahead.


  3. Champagne Charlie ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Harry Redknapp is an Arsenal fan, why is this such a surprising view? He’s not Tottenham boss now, and the manner he left means he doesn’t need to maintain false allegiances. Slow news day…

  4. KickAssFan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    LOL!!! See, I really do luv Brits, you bear fantastic names indeed: “Redknapp”???

    You bear names like Dungworth, Cockworth Goodbuttocks, Hardy, Dicky, Dickens, Pickens, Pickle, Packer, Pucker, Oldfield, Spooner, Cummings, Bedhug, etc.

    Great!!! Just great!!! Red + Knap =______

  5. jonestown1 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    No, there are no plausible reasons to believe we can win the UCL. And Redknapp is talking “dark horses” here ie: long-shot outsiders not us being a decent shout.

    I would say however that all 4 English UCL wins were notable for different elements of luck and unforeseen turns of events and dodgy passage to the final – no English team have ever strutted their way to the trophy. Chelski stank the competition out with bus parking and opportunism and basically stifled the life out of their opponents before winning on penalties. They were a long way from being the best team in the comp. L’Pool in Istanbul had it all in terms of being unlikely; second in group qualifying (behind Monaco), looking good against Leverkusen then not winning away QF and SF games and winning home games narrowly by a single goal, getting a 1st half football lesson in the final, witnessing a Milan 2nd half collapse and winning on penalties. Man Utd’s win in 1999 was perhaps the closest an English team has come to being convincing, beating Inter and Juve on the way to the final but still drawing 2 of the matches, but it took a late goal to equalise and a ricocheted injury time winner to see off Bayern who had been comfortable all night. United’s second UCL was probably the most boring final in history – winning it on penalties courtesy of Terry hilariously falling on his arse. They got there with having scored more than 1 goal only once in their 6 knock-out stage ties.

    If you shut your eyes and drift off and dream a while, get some luck in the draw and in the matches, you could conjure up a series of tight and unconvincing matches, turn up in the final and win on penalties. Until you are knocked out it is every fan’s right to have these fantasies.

    1. NY_Gunner ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Harry’s trying to shmooze up to the AFC board, hoping to get the job after AW leaves…LOL

      1. muffdiver ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        does harry schmooze?
        i figured hes more of shimmy an shake type of guy.

        its well known in weedhead circles that harry did the choreography for ‘cant touch this’

  6. Mick The Gooner ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Quick question: If United fail to get into the Champions League, will Di Maria stay?

    1. muffdiver ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      hes been burgled an threatened, is playing poorly an looks unhappy there
      hes not exactly part of the fabric there

      psg sell cavani- buy di maria.
      falcao is definitely off. we really dodged a bullet there

    2. Hafiz Rahman ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      yes he will….Utd will double his weekly wages…..

      with the new deal….every club can afford 500k per week wages now….

  7. Greg ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Has harry redknapp become a student at the jose mourinho’s school of sadistic mind games?

  8. muffdiver ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    thought his knee was bad- not his head.

    if we are dark horses..its cos katy perry just came on the stereo in the changing room
    …conga line anyone?

      1. ArseneIsYourDaddy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        One almost dip does not make Giroud “out of control”. Given his looks I am sure Mrs Giroud has to use fire extinguisher to keeps the hotties out her house.

        I heard she even caught Muffs climbing in Olivier’s bathroom.

        1. muffdiver ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

          wtf lool, youve gone too far
          i will forgive u, if u let me meet your missus /sister/ mum.

          im great company 😉

          1. ArseneIsYourDaddy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

            No doubt you are great company !

            Hey I am even going to the Arsenal run in Tacoma, USA.
            Gonna meet some Gooners. I will save a hot one for you.

            Until Harry says QPR can win the CL I will swear for his sanity.

            1. Robin Vanpayslip ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

              Why else do you think Muff’s top 30 places of interest on his phone are all Travelodges.

              1. muffdiver ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

                hahaha…funny motherf*cker.

                u need to hit us with one of your stories from behind the scenes at arsenal again

                1. Robin Vanpayslip ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

                  A few weeks ago……..

                  The Queen is watching match of the day

                  The Queen: *spits out her Diamond White* Holy ****. Phillip get in here

                  Phillip: *comes running in* What happened?

                  The Queen: Check this out, yo *puts on Giroud turning a defender and going one onone and scoring*

                  Phillip: No ****ing way

                  Queen: *takes a swig of her Diamond White* yo, either I’m smashed or Giroud just turned a defender and scored

                  Phillip: That’s just not possible *turns around* yo, Jeeves get your punk*** in here

                  Jeeves: You called?

                  Phillip: Who is this *points at paused video with Giroud on the screen*

                  Jeeves: Olivier Giroud *tries to hide his boner*

                  Phillip: OK now look at this *presses play*

                  Jeeves: WTF?

                  The Queen: Are we sure it’s him

                  Jeeves: Hell yeah

                  Phillip: ERM

                  Jeeves: You know what this means?

                  The Queen: You know that can’t happen

                  Phillip: Yeah, ain’t no Frenchman getting an OBE

                  Jeeves: Do you understand what just happened?

                  The Queen: I know it was written that an OBE would be given when a ……..

                  Phillip: Look we can’t do that

                  A few weeks pass

                  The Queen: *puts match of the day on* yeah I love a drink with my football

                  The Arsenal game comes on

                  The Queen: *spits out her Super T* yo, get in here

                  Phillip: What?

                  The Queen: **** check this out *presses play*

                  Phillip: falls to the floor

                  The Queen: dude has done it

                  Phillip: I could believe that there was a remote possibility that Giroud could turn a defender but never this. Yo, Jeeves

                  Jeeves: You could?

                  Phillip: Check this out *presses play*

                  Jeeves : *falls to the floor* Holy ****. Is this a wind up

                  The Queen: No mother******, Ozil really just held the ball up

                  Phillip: Go and get me Arsene

                  Jeeves: as you wish

                  Jeeves sets out to find Wenger. He arrives at the ‘club’

                  Wenger: You know you’re my no. 1 *****

                  Cinammon: Don’t play me Wenger

                  Wenger: No baby. I got us a flat and Netflix sub and all that **** . I really want to be with you

                  Jeeves: Arsene, I am here on the crowns business

                  Wenger: Yo, can’t you see I’m on the chirps. *turns to Cinammon* So like I was saying…..

                  Jeeves: Arsene

                  Wenger: Yo, seriously dude.

                  Jeeves: They know

                  Wenger: WTF?

                  Jeeves: They saw match of the day

                  Wenger: Oh, you mean the *silence* and then the *silence*

                  Jeeves: *nods*

                  Wenger: do what you have to do

                  Jeeves: sorry *puts bag over Wenger’s head*


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