Category Archives: Champions League News

Monaco gloating gives Arsenal PERFECT motivation for 2nd leg

For the last day or so Arsenal fans have been in a state of shock and I expect the same is true of Arsene Wenger and the players. It has been a painful time as we agonise over the mistakes made against Monaco that leave us teetering on the brink of yet another early Champions League exit.

Arsenal were truly awful from top to bottom but instead of cheerfully accepting that and enjoying the fact that they got the Gunners on a bad day, the Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim and striker Dimitar Berbatov chose to rub salt into our wounds by claiming that it was their tactical nous that caused the shock result. No mention of luck that we missed our chances and they got a wicked deflection for the first goal.

Europa League flops take the heat off Arsenal

It does not make the shocking Arsenal performance against Monaco on Wednesday night any better. Only a fantastic night in the principality in a few weeks or a bottle of whisky will do that. But I must admit that it cheered me right up when I saw that both Liverpool and our north London rivals Tottenham had also fluffed their lines and gone crashing out of the Europa League.

Arsenal’s tactics WERE RUBBISH but Monaco were clinical!

Analysis of Monaco game by Big Gun

To say that Arsenal were extremely poor is taking it a bit far. We had three or four excellent opportunities on goal, two of which under any other circumstances (or striker) should have been in the back of the net. I am talking about the one that hit Walcott’s leg from Welbeck shot and the one Giroud scuffed over the bar. Those two goals could have done wonders and perhaps even change the whole direction of the game. Giroud also had another open header he should have done much better with. We were trailing, so Wenger went more offensive which is actually why we conceded a third. If we had scored those goals though, it would have been a completely different outcome. Remember, Monaco’s first goal was a lucky deflection. Besides the two goals they scored, how many decent chances did they actually have on goal? The difference between them and us was that they were clinical in front of goal, and we were not.

Was Wenger’s BIG mistake his Arsenal team selection?

I am not one of the Arsenal fans calling for the head of Arsene Wenger today as I place a large part of the blame firmly on the shoulders of the under performing players, especially Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud. But the manager has to take his share of the blame.

For one thing, he picked the team which performed so poorly and he decided to leave Ozil and Mertesacker on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes although to his credit he did give Giroud the hook. But Wenger and the fans should have been able to count on this team and would have expected so much more, so where did his selection go wrong?

Why I blame the Arsenal players NOT Wenger

Monaco game not Wenger’s fault by Sam P

Arsenal have just suffered a massive and disappointing blow and there is little chance that Arsene Wenger is going to take a massive chunk of the flak. While I agree with the general priciple that the man in charge is essentially responsible, I think that this would let the players off the hook too easily.

Somebody said after the match that if you picked the best 11 players on the pitch they woulkd all be Monaco players and they were right. How on earth can players like Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud, Welbeck, Rosicky and Chamberlain fail to create chances or even frighten a club like MOnaco into their own half?

Arsenal v Monaco review – Stunned Gunners killed by caution

It was important for Arsenal to get a good start and put early pressure on Monaco tonight and we did that for about FIVE MEASLY MINUTES, and it was all downhill from there. After using our pace and the wide areas well and getting the French team in a bit of a spin, the visitors soon started to settle down and get into the game and the Gunners just let them.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Monaco

Arsene Wenger has made two changes to the line up that saw Arsenal take a two goal lead and hold on against Crystal Palace at the weekend and it will be no surprise to most fans that both are in the full back position. So Hector Bellerin comes back in and Kieran Gibbs returns for Monreal.

So Ospina keeps his place in goal ahead of Szczesny and Coquelin continues to be Wenger’s main man in front of the back four. The manager is also sticking with his somewhat experimental and very attacking formation of Cazorla and Ozil in the central areas.

Will the REAL Arsenal PLEASE stand up?

To be fair to Arsenal, we have recovered somewhat from a shaky start to the season and are now playing better football. Most of the time at least, but there are still real concerns about our consistency. And with a great chance for the Gunners to go further in the elite Champions League tournament than we have for years and prove to the fans and the football world that we are on the way back to the top, it is time for the real Arsenal to stand up and be counted.

Wenger says Arsenal MUST solve UCL first leg problem!!

The last time that Arsenal progressed from the first knockout stage into the quarter-finals of the Champions League was in 2009. The Gunners played the first leg at home and beat Roma by 1-0. The scores were reversed in the away leg and we needed penalties to go through but we did it and went on to the semi’s.

Since then Arsenal have generally messed it up in the first leg and given ourselves a mountain to climb. A 2-0 loss at home to Bayern Munich last time, 3-1 the year before and that awful 4-0 disaster away to AC Milan in 2012 tells a clear picture.

Ospina relaxed and expected to play for Arsenal tonight

It was rumoured that the new Arsenal Number One was injured after the weekend’s game at Palace, but Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he is ready to lay. Wenger was asked about Szczesny at the pre-game press conference.

He said: “I worry about every single player in my squad and I want every single player to be happy but at the end of the day only 11 players can start the game. That’s the same for every single player. We have competition for places and that’s part of our job. I don’t think that’s a special worry.”

Arsenal v Monaco – Champions League Stats and Form

Arsenal host AS Monaco at the Emirates tonight in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 match-up. After exits from the competition at this stage in their previous four seasons against the likes of Barcelona, AC Milan and Bayern Munich and with the disadvantage of playing away in the second leg the pressure is on the London club to make it to the quarter-finals for the first time in five years.

The Arsenal fringe players to start against Monaco?

There will be a number of the fringe players at Arsenal hoping for a start in the Champions League against Monaco tomorrow and I think that some of them have a real chance. With a crucial Premier League clash against Everton coming up on Sunday, it is feasible that Arsene Wenger will shuffle his Arsenal pack a little to keep things fresh.

The Frenchman may also pick his team with the strengths and weaknesses of Monaco in mind and this could open the door for a few of the Gunners. The boss refused to say which keeper he would be using but both are fit. Szczesny does have more Champions League experience and will be desperate to impress, while missing a cup game and coming back at the weekend would not harm the confidence of Ospina.