Make or break time! Most important game of our season! by Konstantin Mitov
Hello everyone, Champions League time! I just can’t stress enough the importance of this game. It’s the culmination of Arsenal’s tireless efforts to finish in the top four and getting past the more mediocre teams in the competition. It’s about playing the elite! Comparing ourselves to the best in Europe.
And we’ve fallen flat quite a few times! But now we’re playing Bayern Munich. A team that has won the competition a mere 5 times. If you are not motivated to play in that game despite our recent form, you’re not for this football club, nor do you deserve to play the highest stage in Europe. To put our chances in perspective, Munich are 4/1 second favourites in the Champions League betting, while Arsenal are priced at a massive 27/1, but as always it is how the team performs on the day.
We need to pick our sorry selves up from the ground and put a performance of the highest quality to have any chance left after the first game. There are reasons to be optimistic. Starting with ourselves, we do have quality and we have beaten Bayern before! If we can focus and everyone does their job we’ll at least give them a fight!
They are not at their best and despite dominating a Bundesliga lacking competition, some of their players admitted things are still not perfect. They lost to Rostov in the Champions league this season and I watched that game. Bayern can get frustrated and that game they lacked ideas up front. Can we frustrate them and make them pay for mistakes?
We can in theory, but will we do it? Ribery is likely to miss the game and Gerome Boateng has fitness issues. We need to pick a good squad. Some players have seen a massive drop in form and maybe we need to give chances to players who haven’t had enough exposure despite playing well.
Up front we have pace. Put Alexis, Welbeck and Lucas and we might catch Bayern off guard. I doubt this will happen. I believe in the squad, but it’s Arsene that will screw it up I think. Still he has to pick the right squad and do the right team talk.
He has to inject winning belief that the squad can beat Bayern and somehow light up the inner fire so that the players fight for each other. We need an away goal. The look on our players faces when we conceded against Chelsea was one of defeat. We need a plan to follow in every situation – if we are a goal down, if it’s tight, if we are ahead. Prepare for all situations.
Come on Arsene, please just this one time put one final effort. I want to believe, I really do. I’ve invited some friends to come see the game, but we’ve all seen it so many times before. I want us to have a fighting chance after the game. Wish you all the best.