There were two very obvious options in today’s Champions League draw that Arsenal fans and everyone connected with the club was hoping to avoid, as both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are among the favourites to win the thing but somehow this year only managed to finish as runners-up.
We did our bit, and Arsenal fans, Arsene Wenger and the players have to be proud and happy with the achievement of finishing on top of our Champions League group for the first time since 2011. It is just a shame that this year that does not seem to be quite as much of an advantage as usual as the two pots look a lot more balanced.
To be fair I am not one of the Arsenal fans that have been left fuming and frustrated by the slow start Granit Xhaka has made to life as a Gunner, or for that matter by the caution with which Arsene Wenger has introduced the Swiss international to his new club.
We fans of Arsenal or any other football club for that matter are known to see things with a certain amount of bias and that is only to be expected really. But I do not think you needed any kind of rose tinted spectacles to see that Arsenal were the better side in the Premier League away tie with West Ham at the weekend, even if you think that the 5-1 scoreline was a bit flattering to the Gunners.
While Arsenal do have a lot more strength in depth to our squad these days, the injury situation and the outstanding ability of some of our players mean that it can be difficult for the manager at times if he wants to rotate the team for different matches and to rest the most important Arsenal stars.
It would be just about typical of the way things go for Arsenal in the Champions League if we were to rest all of the key players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for the final group game away to Basel, only for PSG to mess up and fail to win at home to Ludogorets Razgrad.
‘There is no reason to panic’ is what the Arsenal boss said in his comments after watching the Gunners pegged back to a 2-2 draw in the crucial Champions League home tie against PSG last night. Well I am sorry Mister Wenger but I have to disagree with your words reported by Arsenal.com and not because the result means that we are almost certainly going to be in the runners up pot for the 7th year in a row when the knockout draw is made.
If you were expecting Arsenal to come out flying to take this Champions League decider against PSG by the scruff of the neck then you will have been disappointed and dismayed by the first half display, apart from the final two minutes which saw Olivier Giroud score a penalty to level the score.