Category Archives: Champions League News

Arsenal get even MORE Champions League good luck!!

There is no denying that Arsenal were handed a huge slice of luck when the Champions League draw was made this week. Monaco were far and away the best draw the Gunners could have got and now we are actually the strong favourites to progress to the quarter-final stage for the first time in six years.

But I thought that a lot of the football media were a bit too quick to call us lucky, because that was the first bit of good luck that has come our way in the competition for a long time. Poor decisions from the referees as well as tough draws in our recent groups and play-off games have had most Gooners thinking that we were cursed in the competition.

Why it is TOO SOON for Arsenal and Wenger to relax

Calm Down! Arsenal are still in trouble! by DN

It does seem as though Arsenal have finally found the right balance and have learned some painful lessons about starting games slowly (a la Stoke) us focusing too much on the attacking side of the game when we should be solid and compact (a la Anderlecht).

And with Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal ready to return, Mesut Ozil back in training, Mikel Arteta, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey very close, it looks as though our terrible luck with injuries might be turning. The Gunners definitely had a change in luck this week when we were handed the best possible draw against Monaco in the Champions League.

Arsenal warned of tough Champions League test by Monaco star

While the Arsenal fans are all very happy about today’s Champions League draw which saw the Gunners drawn against the French club Monaco, we must still remember that they did qualify at the top of their Champions League group and that is something that Arsenal have found very difficult in recent years.

So although Monaco are the least favourite of the group winners with the bookies to win the whole competition and are also favourites to go out against us, Arsenal fans should be wary of counting our chickens. And that same message has been handed to Arsene Wenger and his players by one of the Monaco stars, Jeremy Toulalan, according to an ESPN report.

YES!! Arsenal get GREAT draw with Monaco in Champions League

Finally Arsenal got a bit of luck in a draw for a cup competition, following regular groans every time our name was pulled out of the hat. In fact, this time we could not have asked for better, with the French club Monaco our opponents in the first knockout round of the Champions League this season.

It was not even that stressful to watch for Arsenal fans, as all the big teams were picked against other group runners up, leaving Porto and Monaco with our name still to be drawn. It is a return to his former club for Arsene Wenger, who managed them before heading off to Japan for a bit.

Todays the Big Day! Who do you want Arsenal to draw in the Champions League?

Today at 11 am UK time (12 noon CET) Arsenal fans will finally find out who the Gunners will be facing in the first knockout round of the Champions League. Naturally (as we finished second in our group as usual) we are nearly certain to face one of the European heavyweights, and who would be surprised if we drew Bayern Munich or Barcelona as usual!

So here are our possible opponents:

Barcelona
Real Madrid
Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid
Porto
Monaco

Galatasaray v Arsenal review – Gunners reserves trounce the Turks

Arsenal could not have asked for a better start in Turkey.

With a second string side out, including some players like Bellerin in unfamiliar positions and some like Podolski and Campbell with hardly any minutes on the pitch, fierce home crowd and a Galatasaray team playing for pride and a new manager, it could have been a tough night for us.

But once Podolski has put Arsenal into an early lead in the first couple of minutes, latching on to a great ball from the excellent Chamberlain and smashing it into the top corner, the Gunners took complete control. The second goal was not long in coming and was very similat to the first, with the Oz playing Ramsey in on the left, but the Welshman’s finish was placed inside the far post.

Official teams and preview of Galatasaray v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger had already let it be known that a number ofArsenal first team players like Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny, Danny Welbeck and Kieran Gibbs would be left in London to recover and recharge their batteries for the Premier League games to come.

And with six young players from the academy system going in their place and the game against Galatasaray unlikely to make any difference to the Champions League standings, I wondered if Wenger might take even more risks and start with a couple of the young Guns.

Arsenal reserves can relax and WIN in Turkey

It looks like Arsene Wenger is going to rest as many of the regular Arsenal team as he can get away with for the final Champions League group game in Turkey tomorrow. But with no League cup games to give the fringe players and those trying to break through from the academy a chance, this game does offer that.

Also, the Gunners can play with no pressure and enjoy the atmosphere. If they do that, I see no reason why we can’t get the win which would give us a slight, 10 percent according to Arsene Wenger, chance of topping the group.

Wenger is right to rest Arsenal star

Wenger Confirms that Arsenal Ace Needs a Breather! by AT

Considering the red-hot form of the Alexis Sanchez, it is no surprise to learn that the Chilean international has been extensively used by Arsenal so far this season. Speaking ahead of the game against Stoke City at the Brittania Stadium, the Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger admitted that his star player is in the red-zone and confirmed that the forward will be rested for Arsenal’s trip to Galatasaray in midweek.

Arsenal MUST rest key players after Dortmund win!!

Arsenal travel to Turkey to face Galatasaray in the final Champions League group game. And while we still have a chance to finish top of our group and avoid some of the biggest teams and toughest ties, like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, I think we will have to trust to luck.

It was always unlikely that Borussia Dortmund would lose their final game at home to Anderlecht, but while their domestic form was continuing along it’s awful recent course, there was always the chance that being rock bottom of the German Bundesliga would affect Jurgen Klopp and his players.

Wenger hints that Arsenal reserves will play Galatasary

After Arsenal’s poor showing against Anderlecht in the double-header stage of the Champions League Group it looked like we were going to struggle to qualify, but our 2-0 win over an out-of-form Dortmund team has now guaranteed our progression to the knockout rounds.

There IS a chance we could still top the group, but the chances of Dortmund losing to Anderlecht are pretty slim, so it looks like Wenger is going to take the opportunity to rest his exhausted first XI for the midweek match in Turkey. In fact he says he is not even going to think about the game but instad concentrate on or next League fixture!

WOW! Arsenal eye UCL top spot as Dortmund LOSE again!!

While it has been a very good week for Arsenal with three good performances, although a better result in the first against Manchester United would have been nice, it has been the exact opposite for the team we beat in the second of our games, Borussia Dortmund.

It is almost unbelievable to think that the team that Jurgen Klopp took to the Champions League final last summer and that gave us a footballing lesson in Germany this season, are languishing at rock bottom of the German Bundesliga.