Category Archives: Champions League News

Wenger says Arsenal could have Debuchy back SOON

Obviously it will not be any use to Arsenal tonight in the Champions League away to Borussia Dortmund, or the Premier League game at Aston Villa this weekend, but Arsene Wenger is optimistic that the injury to our French right back may not be nearly as bad as first feared.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference, as reported by ESPN, the Arsenal boss revealed that the 29-year old France international is due to have a scan today on his sprained ankle, but the club is hopeful for a good result. He also played down the so-called defensive crisis that has ruled out Nacho Monreal and made young Calum Chambers a doubt as well.

Hummels injury means Arsenal WILL go for it in Dortmund

If Arsene Wenger was a little bit caught between sending Arsenal out with the intention of recording another famous away win at Borussia Dortmund or making sure the Gunners were solid, compact and hard to beat, the injury news for both sides should have helped to make his mind up.

While Arsenal have lost the more defensive left back Nacho Monreal and will replace him with the more attack minded Kieran Gibbs, Dortmund will have to do without their best centre back, Mats Hummels. Jurgen Klopp was hoping that World Cup winning defender would recover in time but Hummels has declared, as reported by The Mirror, that this clash with Arsenal has come too soon for him.

BFG says `Bring on Dortmund` Arsenal are ready!!

There were some really good signs for Arsenal at the weekend, as we outplayed the Premier League champions for large parts of the game, scored two cracking goals and were a bit unlucky not to come away with all three points. But it was another step in the right direction for Arsenal who have not quite hit top gear yet this season.

Despite that, our German defender Per Mertesacker reckons that this is the perfect time for the Gunners to go to his home country to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, as he explains in an Arsenal.com report. Tomorrow’s game and the return fixture at the Emirates are likely to decide who finishes on top of the group and our BFG thinks that a weakened Dortmund are there for the taking.

Why Arsenal must NOT drop Mesut Ozil

Arsenal need to stick with Ozil by Sam P

I am not going to sit here and tell you that Mesut Ozil has not been a bit disappointing for Arsenal at times, or that his performance against Man City at the Emirates on Saturday was another one of those frustrating days for the fans. But I am here to support him.

A lot of people saeem to want Arsene Wenger to drop the German playmaker but I think that would be a big mistake. Not just because it would damage his confidence, but because Arsenal need him on the pitch. He might look a bit casual or even lazy at times but he always does, even when he is having a good game.

Stop Kagawa and Arsenal WILL beat Borussia Dortmund

When we watched with baited breath to see who Arsenal would be playing in the group stages of the Champions League this season, all of the softer looking sides got put into other groups and the Gunners got another tough draw. But I am now starting to think that we may have got a bit of luck after all.

Anderlecht are the Belgian champions and you should not take any team that has made it into the group stages too lightly, but they should be the whipping boys. Galatasaray are the biggest club in Turkey and have done well in Europe recently, but there are signs that they are not so good this year.

Wilshere – Arsenal must not lose at Dortmund

The Gunners have a daunting fixture list for the rest of this month, and its a shame we couldn’t start by taking three points of Man City, but to look on the bright side Arsenal are still unbeaten this season.

Jack Wilshere is adamant that this run should remain intact when Arsenal travel to Dortmund on Tuesday in the first of the Champions League Group Stage. “They’re always good games when we face them,” he said on Arsenal.com. “It’s a tough game and we go there first this time, so the hardest match of the group will be the first one.

Can Arsenal make most of Man City and Dortmund troubles?

After a steady but far from brilliant start to the season, Arsenal really need to get going after this international break. But our next two fixtures could not be harder, on paper anyway, with Man City coming to the Emirates on Saturday and the Gunners off to face Borussia Dortmund in Germany just three days later.

But Arsenal have reason for confidence in both games. Neither of these big hitters has really shone yet this season either, and they each lost one of their main players to injury this week, so can Arsene Wenger and his players take advantage?

Arsenal luck of the draw almost as bad as ever in UCL

It was a great achievement, if a very nerve wracking one, for Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League group stages for the 17th year in a row this week. But Arsene Wenger and the players will be determined to go further in the competition this season, having gone out in the first knockout round in recent years.

But to do this we were hoping for a bit more luck in the draw to give us a better chance of winning our group and avoiding the better teams. So having been put in group D, the second pot was important and we got the German giants Borussia Dortmund, just like last season. That was just about as bad a start as possible.

Arsenal v Besiktas review – Alexis puts 10 man Gunners through – JUST

With Arsenal having to do without some big players like Aaron Ramsey, OLivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs and Mikel Arteta, thisd delicately poised second leg Champions League play-off was always likely to be a tricky encounter for us.

And so it proved in the first half, with Slaven Bilic’s Besiktas team being well organised defensively and causing the Gunners some problems at the other end. We were nervous as well and survived a couple of possible penalty calls before Alexis Sanchez put us ahead on the stroke of halftime with his first goal for his new club.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Besiktas

This is the biggest game of the season so far for Arsenal, with the winner taking a place at the top table of European club football and the loser getting their midweeks off for the next few months. A 0-0 draw with Besiktas in Turkey leaves the Gunners slight favourites with tonight’s match at the Emirates, but the away goal situation does leave us in danger.

First choice central defenders the key for Arsenal v Besiktas

He may not have quite been at his best after only returning to Arsenal training around a week ago, but Per Mertesacker’s 90 minutes against Everton at Goodison Park could prove to be very important for the Gunners in the season ahead.

Because it means that Arsene Wenger should have no worries about starting the Champions League game on Wednesday with the German giant alongside his main defensive partner Laurent Koscielny. The France international may have picked up a little knock last week, which was why Wenger left him out on Saturday, but he was on the bench and so should be fine to face the Turkish team Besiktas.

Why Arsenal are NOT worried about Ramsey and Giroud absence

It is all about getting into the Champions League for Arsenal now, although hopefully there will be some serious work being done on the transfer front behind the scenes as well. But for the players and fans, it is absolutely vital for the Gunners to beat Besiktas on Wednesday and book our regular place among the elite of Europe.

Those plans have been hampered somewhat by the re3d card shown to Aaron Ramsey and the ankle knock picked up by Olivier Giroud, but Arsenal do not seem to be too worried about this and they have good reason, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain explained to Sky Sports this week.