In Arsenal’s first two Champions League games against Zagreb and Olympiakos, Arsene Wenger played practically his full reserve team and still expected to win both of them. But, as we found out, we lost all six points and now have a mountain to climb to qualify out of the Group and into knockout stages.
There is very little that Arsenal can do to keep our Champions League hopes alive other than win the next game, which is against the Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates stadium after the international break. After that game the Gunners will be hoping that we still have a chance to go through, even though it weill need us to win in Greece for the first time and by two goals to boot.
There was not much for Arsenal fans to cheer about last night, as the German champions Bayern Munich more than made up for losing to the Gunners in London two weeks ago. The 5-1 defeat has the football media and the fans full of criticism for the Arsenal players, especially the defenders, and wondering whether this awful result has given Tottenham a big boost ahead of Sunday´s north London derby.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I have 20-20 hindsight and never get a decision wrong, but the Arsenal boss does not have that luxury. If he did I am sure that Arsene Wenger would have prepared the Gunners a little differently for this Champions League game away to the mighty Bayern Munich.
I am not going to try to put too much positive spin on this for Arsenal fans, because we have got used to at least getting out of the group phase of the Champions League and losing the first two games against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos was a massive disappointment.