Category Archives: Champions League News

Champions League – Arsenal get good draw for a change!

It now seems very likely that Arsenal will progress to the Champions League Group stages for the 15th time in a row after we were paired with Besiktas from Turkey in the play-off round, although there were certainly easier teams in the draw!

Although quite a good side, Besiktas could only finish third in the Turkish SuperLiga last season, and even better the Gunners will play the second leg back at the Emirates. Besiktas are certainly not lasking in fitness though as they have beaten Feyenoord home and away in Qualifying Round so they should not be considered to be pushovers for Arsenal.

Will Arsenal’s BAAD luck change in tomorrow’s UCL draw?

It feels like things are really on the up for Arsenal Football Club, with money in the bank, top new players in the squad and a shiny new FA cup trophy in the cabinet. But if the Gunners are to avoid the disappointment of last season in the Premier League and Champions League, I think we need our luck to change.

Will Emirates cup be alone or one of many Arsenal trophies?

I might be jumping the gun a bit here, but after a 5-1 win in the first game, Arsenal are nailed on to win the Emirates Cup this weekend. With a point for every goal scored, the Gunners sit on eight points, with Benfica on just one and Valencia and our opponents today, Monaco, on just three. So as long as we don’t take a heavy defeat and fail to score, Arsenal will win the trophy for the first time since 2010.

Arsenal get HELP from early TV schedule! Is the luck turning?

There is little doubt that Arsenal were on the wrong end of some terrible luck last season. I am not blaming our bad luck for everything, of course, as there seems to have been a definite underlying problem for the Gunners to have had so many injury problems throughout the season.

And I am not going to go on about the referees again, suffice it to say that I did not feel that we had the rub of the green from the men in black. Arsenal’s bad luck extended to the the cup draws and the TV scheduling as well, which always seemed to pit the Gunners against the toughest possible opponents at the worst possible times.

Arsenal fans should be ready for a Fantastic season!

It is not long now, Arsenal fans, until the Gunners are back in the action. In four weeks time, we will already have had the Emirates Cup, with games against Benfica and AS Monaco at the Emirates stadium. Then Arsene Wenger takes his Arsenal team to Wembley for the Community Shield against Man City before the real serious business begins the following week with the visit of Crystal Palace. And I cannot wait.

Arsenal getting closer to Champions League trophy says Wenger

Even if Arsene Wenger had decided to call it a day and leave the Arsenal managerial position to someone else this summer, he would still have gone down in history as the club’s most successful manager in history, up to this point at least.

But despite guiding the Gunners to five FA cups and three Premier league titles, there is a glaring gap in his record, and I am not talking about the fact that Arsenal have lost two league cups and failed to win one under the Frenchman. Despite reaching the UEFA cup final in 2000 and the Champions League final in 2006, Wenger has not been able to add another European title to the Gunners’ 1994 Cup Winners cup and the Inter-Cities fair trophy of 1970.

UEFA give Arsenal another good reason not to settle for 4th

Interesting details about UEFA qualifications involving English teams this season by G.S.

Hello Arsenal fans. I read the UEFA guidelines for qualification for its Champions (UCL) and Europa (UEL) Leagues recently. I had initially read them about a couple of years ago and thought I’d familiarise myself with those terms again. The football season has ended and the Barclay’s Premier League (BPL) table is now etched in the annals of English football history.

As I perused the guidelines and looked at the final standings of the BPL table, I was drawn to some very interesting actual and potential scenarios that could affect English teams that are deemed qualified for future UCL or UEL competitions. And it could have serious implications for the Gunners.

Arsenal to dodge Champions League play-offs as Man City fight FFP?

Arsene Wenger has made no secret of his backing for the new FFP rules and he may soon be even happier about them if Arsenal qualify for next season’s Champions League automatically, without having to undergo the inconvenience, stress and extra strain on the squad that a two- legged play-off in August would bring.

We do not know what the outcome will be yet, but we can hope. After Man City refused to accept the terms of their sanctions from UEFA for breaking the financial rules, as reported by The Mirror, their case is going to a special panel to decide what should happen. This panel has the power to expel them from the competition altogether and is not open to appeal.

Arsenal boss urges UEFA not to bottle FFP sanctions

Whereas may people have criticised Arsenal and Arsene Wenger for not spending money in recent years, others point to the Frenchman as being the ideal model for a modern club. The Gunners are run in a financially sustainable way, something that the powers that be in football supposedly want all clubs to do, in order to avoid the sort of calamities that have occurred at the likes of Portsmouth and Malaga.

Bad news for Arsenal as 3rd place hopes disappear!

Mathematically speaking, with all the positives and negatives that entails, the only team that Arsenal cannot catch and overtake in the Premier League is Liverpool. They already have 80 points, while the Gunners have 70 with three games left to play. Realistically, though, Arsenal are going to have to accept that another 4th place finish is all we can get.

Our own recent upsurge in form and results, combined with a case of the wobbles from Chelsea and Man City, had Arsene Wenger, the players and the fans looking up at those two rather than worrying about Everton, but today’s results have put paid to those faint hopes.

Arsenal on Easy Street as Everton lose again

They still have to keep their eye on the prize and put in the effort needed, but everyone connected with Arsenal should be feeling good today. The battle for the fourth Premier League spot is now looking like a one-horse race, and the jockey is wearing red with white sleeves.

I wrote an article the other day about Roberto Martinez and his desperate attempt to put pressure on Arsene Wenger and the players, whereas he knew that it was Everton who were struggling to deal with it. Since baiting us and getting their fate in their own hands, those hands have dropped the ball big time.

Szczesny says Arsenal experience will see them keep UCL spot

Most Arsenal fans have known this for some time now, realising after the 6-0 defeat against Chelsea that our title challenge for this season was completely over. Some persisted to believe and I think the players were especially led to believe they could overturn the odds however if you know Arsenal like the most of us do then defying the odds is not exactly Arsenal’s thing.