Category Archives: Champions League News

Why Arsenal should NOT be content with Champions League season

A task too tough for the Gunners? by Ash

Arsenal came away from Munich having drawn 1-1 with German league and cup and Champions League holders, Bayern Munich. The final aggregate score was 3-1 to Bayern Munich and it closed off another European adventure for an Arsenal side that really missed their opportunity of progression this year.

Arsenal too naive or is it a UEFA problem?

Arsenal did not go out of the Champions League to Bayern because of the game in Munich, but if it wasn’t for a brilliant penalty save from Lukasz Fabianski, they would have lost both legs of the last 16 tie. And both would have been directly attributable to, let’s say debatable, decisions by the officials.

I know people have been saying that Laurent Koscielny should have been more careful because it was Arjen Robben and everyone knows he will go down if touched. Hold on a minute, don’t the referees know this as well? And should that not mean that they are less likely to give a penalty or free kick to the diving Dutchman? And why was he not booked for his outrageous dive in the first half?

Have Arsenal found a new star in Podolski?

The question of whether the Arsenal manager has got some sort of problem with the German striker Lukas Podolski has been raised on more than one occasion and has never been successfully answered. It seemed pretty odd that Podolski was hardly used after coming back from a long injury lay-off, especially when Wenger had been full of praise for his finishing.

That finishing power was on show again in Munich last night, smashing an equaliser past Manuel Neuer that not many players in the world could replicate. I think we can accept that it is not Podolkski’s finishing that keeps him from being a more regular starter, but his all-round play. .

Fantastic Fabianski feels inspired Arsenal are set for trophy

By not winning their Champions League group, Arsenal brought yet another Champions League last 16 exit on themselves. But just like last season, it does not feel like a disaster. INstead, the Arsenal players and fans can feel great pride in standing toe-to-toe with Bayern Munich in their own backyard.

Don’t forget what they did to Barcelona last year and what they have been doing to every team in the German Bundesliga all season. And this season they are better, which makes it even more of a boost for Arsenal, especially as it was the decision to send off Szczesny that really decided the tie, not poor play at home like last season.

Detailed infographic report of Arsenal’s draw with Bayern

Bayern Munich 1 – 1 Arsenal Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com

A spirited performance from an Arsenal side which deserves a lot of admiration for the way they played. Coming back against the European Champions after a red card and a 2-0 deficit from the first leg was always a lot to ask, but the players left everything on the pitch and put in a magnificent effort.

Arsenal bowed out with heads high! Now push on!!

Arsenal exit with heads high by Uche

Wow! Don’t you just wonder what could have been if only Arsenal had a fair chance in the first leg of our game against Bayern? If only….. I am sitting in my living room all alone, with no distractions but the game before me and what was unfolding before my eyes couldn’t be clearer. We are playing the best team in the world and we look like their equal. Yes they had more possession and created the most chances but generally speaking, we were their equal none the less. What a shame we lost this game weeks ago in the first leg.

Arsenal player ratings for Bayern draw – Ox MOTM

Bayern 1 – 1 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Bayern vs. Arsenal review – Decent draw but out of Europe

After the Arsenal manager opted for a very attacking formation away to Bayern Munich, along with the German’s record at the Allianz arena, it was not the rip-roaring start you would have expected. The Gunners could not quite get going and Bayern, although strong in possession and pressing Arsenal strongly, did not make too many chances either.

Arsenal knew they had to be at their best and the passing was just not quite crisp and accurate enough, allowing Bayern to dominate the ball and make us work hard. After 30 minutes, Oxlade_Chamberlain went on a brilliant run that sparked Arsenal a bit. The young Englishman was worrying the Germans and the ref should have given out some cards as they kept cynically blocking him off.

Official teams and Preview for Bayern vs. Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has gone for it. With Arsenal needing some soft of mini football miracle in Munich, I think he has done the right thing to name a very attacking line-up against Bayern Munich. The first goal could be crucial and so the boss is taking risks.

If it goes wrong and the Germans score first, I just hope that people don’t get on his back for his tactics. Arsenal bring Oxlade-Chamberlain in for Wilshere, while Arteta is preferred to Flamini alongside him. Both Cazorla and Podolski play, as do Ozil and Giroud.

Is Arsenal boss right to put pressure on referee?

There is no doubt whatsoever that Arsenal’s chances in the home leg against Bayern Munich were destroyed by the referee. Whether he was right or wrong to send off Wojciech Szczesny, when Robben seemed to have tipped the ball quite far away from goal, is not the dicussion here. The fact is that it ruined the rest of the game for the neutrals and completely turned the tide against the Gunners.

Bayern boss worried after Arsenal’s early Emirates showing

Guardiola warns Bayern of Arsenal test by Ash

Whilst the Bayern Munich team had been warned of Arsenal’s potential before they had to travel to London, it seems as if they had no trouble beating the Gunners with the game going from bad to worse. A 2-0 defeat last month saw Arsenal’s hopes effectively slashed for progression to the next round with the bookies making Arsenal 8/1 outsiders (Check here before choosing an online gambling site). However some optimistic viewpoints will suggest to you that the Gunners are still in a good position to go through.

Ozil ready to thrill again for Arsenal says Wenger

When Mesut Ozil scored a very well taken opening goal for Arsenal in the FA cup on Saturday, Arsene Wenger must have felt a heavy weight lift off his shoulders. Because the man he smashed the club transfer record for in ASugust was beginning to look like a very expensive passenger.

The manager is the one who ultimately takes the blame, even though there is little he can do if players do not perform to their abilities. And the critics were sharpening their knives for the Arsenal boss. What a difference a week makes, though, with everything looking good in the Gunners’ camp.