Posted on August 19, 2014 by ADMIN

`Desperate` Arsenal to go on the attack at Besiktas?

Although the bread and butter stuff that is the Premier League is always the priority, for Arsenal and all the other top flight English clubs, Arsene Wenger has made no secret of how important the Champions League is to the club. So the two games against Besiktas, tonight and next Wednesday, are huge for the Gunners, but will that affect our approach, and will that have a knock-on affect in the coming weeks?

The Frenchman has previously spoken about his great pride at keeping Arsenal in the elite of Europe, despite the lack of funds. And he has suggested this week, as reported by ESPN, that getting in to the group stages again this season is taking priority over any other concerns at the moment, including the trip to Everton in the BPL on Saturday.

Wenger said, “We are desperate to do it because we want to play in the Champions League and we know how big these games are. We are desperate to go through. No matter what it costs we want to go through.

“We always have a difficult draw, we had Fenerbahce last year, this time we have Besiktas, so it is difficult.”

With the German World Cup winning trio of Ozil, Podolski and Mertesacker still unavailable and with Gibbs and Sanogo staying in London because of injury problems, the boss has a depleted squad to work with, especially at the back, so I would not be surprised to see Wenger take the game to our Turkish opponents, rather than trying to keep it tight.

Both our full backs, Monreal and Debuchy, are better going forwards than defending, while young Calum Chambers has done well but is very inexperienced in the centre and has never played in Europe. That suggests to me that we are not really set up to soak up a lot of pressure, so should we go on the assumption that attack is the best means of defence?

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49 thoughts on “`Desperate` Arsenal to go on the attack at Besiktas?

  1. haywill

    admin is on fire a new article every 15 minutes!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    but what if this is the admin say goodbye to us make us happy then shut down the website πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ oh h o dont do that admin πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™
    at least until we win the champions league πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™
    but we must beat besiktas first πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™
    oh im nervous 90 mins to kickoff πŸ™ πŸ™
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    ces sont les meilleurs equipes……………………………………………..

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    1. Darwin

      oh my dear haywill. I dont know if you are a troll or a very small kid. whoever you are, I read your comments with a bit of laughter. thanks for the comments. I guess few of us on here really like your comments..

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  2. Sumo

    Prediction-
    1- Nil to the Arsenal.
    Sanchez to get the goal. 27 mins.
    Ramsey to assist.
    Demba to bite Szczesny.

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  3. Sumo

    Prediction-
    1- Nil to the Arsenal.
    Sanchez to get the goal. 27 mins.
    Ramsey to assist.
    Demba Ba to bite Szczesny.

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  4. hardy

    I just hate these qualifiers

    Put up a good challenge for the BPL title for the whole season

    Even if we don’t end up winning the title atleast finish. 2nd or 3rd

    So frustrated by these qualifiers year after year

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    1. SirKnight

      You and me both, I metioned that on an older post as well because it drives me insane and I think that’s why our big transfers get delayed because top players want assured CL football. We seriously need to get out of this 4th place business, it’s getting old and our luck might run out one day GOD forbid. 2 games we could honestly do without especially for the fact we play Everton just a few days later away and we all know what happened there last season…

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  5. hardy

    Still feeling very happy as I get to see my favourite team play their beautiful football πŸ˜‰

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  6. gamer

    You gotta love yaya songo banter. For those who dont no he re tweeted a old tweet from cesc sayong once a gunner always a gunner lol

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  7. SirKnight

    For some reason I’m expecting Campbell to get a start in this game whether on the right or left. I see something special in that guy and in my eyes should be picked ahead of Sanogo and could even claim the LW position as his own with a decent run of games… I wish Wenger would give a front 3 of Campbell-Alexis-Chamberlain a try, just imagine the pace we could hit teams with from every angle. I WISH !!!

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  8. Me

    Why are Arsenal “desperate” exactly ?

    Defending against Besiktas is no different than defending against Palace or anyone else – you have players that are trying to score a goal against you that you have to defend against.

    My concern is once again the threadbare squad that we have – two recognised centre backs and a young, albeit talented young player in Chambers – this is NOT good enough. And neither is Giroud backed up by Sonogo and Campbell.

    We should not be looking at more midfielders – its ridiculous, we are over saturated with midfielders…

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    1. gunnerman8701

      We do need a DM and a very good striker. Depending on Giroud and Sanogo will never win us the PL Or CL and that’s fact. Consistency in front of goal is key to winning titles.

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  9. Invincibles49

    Lets bury this play off tonight only. Lets leave the second leg a formality. COYG!!

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  10. Leader

    Hope we will sign atleast any one of Manolas /Rabiot by tomorrow and later Carhlvanho & Rues.

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  11. stephenranger

    i know i will get thumbs down but if jedinak was not 30 i would have taken him over khedira and carvalho. A real warrior and leader.

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  12. Goontz

    This is CL, not some f*cking game against Palace. If the players aren’t fit, they will find the extra energy once that anthem starts playing. Get the job done quickly, we need those signings that depend on CL qualification.

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  13. Sumo

    Administrator what’s it with the advertisment overΒ on the blog.
    I mean,
    “Richa has lost 17 kgs-tryout our new programme”
    “Free evaluation test for hair loss”
    You need to stop insulting Rooney.

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  14. forever-Arsenal

    I’m really excited about this match. I want to see how well we can do without the Germans and Walcott. If we do well imagine how good we will be with Walcott, Ozil, Mertsacker and Podolski.

    An away win with a clean sheet will be awesome regardless of how many goals we score.

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  15. baldyloxxx

    Looks like flamini could be starting. This could be the boss realising he needs the warrior for these kind of games.

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  16. pubgooner

    Just cannot get the Fab’s assist out of my mind. The assist was fabulous on a half volley. The guy never fell down once and our Jack would be on the floor for a hundred times. Oh Wenger, so so big blunder!

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    1. baldyloxxx

      I’m afraid to say it, but I’d have had fab over jack any day. If Wiltshire wasn’t English he wouldn’t have had half the chances he’s had.
      He falls over every time he’s tackled and rarely puts in a good ball.
      He has a lot if work to do to convince me this season that he is worth a place in the arsenal first team.

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      1. SirKnight

        Of all our old players now with rivals, Fabregas is the one I fear going up against the most. There’s no denying his talent and I just hope when we face Chelsea he either doesn’t play or if he does which is more likely, WE SHUT HIM DOWN…

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  17. O2-Home kit

    Bad news, Campbell doesn’t start.

    SzczΔ™sny; Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Sanchez; Giroud.

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  18. Swizz

    I font know if its just me or what, but every time wilshere runs with the ball he shows alot of it to the opposition, and ultimstly gets tackled and hopes for a foul. When evet this happens it 75% of the time results on them hittin us on the counter attack. So frustrating

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  19. Swizz

    I font know if its just me or what, but every time wilshere runs with the ball he shows alot of it to the opposition, and ultimatly gets tackled and hopes for a foul. When evet this happens it 75% of the time results on them hittin us on the counter attack. So frustrating.

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  20. Swizz

    I font know if its just me or what, but every time wilshere runs with the ball he shows alot of it to the opposition, and ultimatly gets tackled and hopes for a foul. When evet this happens it 75% of the time results on them hittin us on the counter attack. So frustrating. He needs to start doin the simple things well and go back to basics

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    1. th14

      Yup he believes hes transparent and can walk through people, its so dam annoying doesnt he realise his stupid fouls just slow us down anyway. He needs to just play it simple and stop trying to be God.

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  21. suramyag1

    @admin: Don’t we get to predict the scores this season? I kinda miss that

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  22. th14

    Wish wenger would just play cazorla as the number 10 and bench wilshere and play campbell or chamberlain. I honestly cant stand giroud upfront and cazorla LW the unbalance in the team is ridiculous.

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  23. gamer

    Why o why. Giroud slow cazorla slow arteta slow monreal slow there should not be soo mich slow plauers in one team new season same old problems

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  24. Gooner Cape Town

    Sami Khedira is nothing but a mercenary whore, who can play football. Pity, he would have been great alongside Mesut, but the blood comes out!!!!!! F*ck you Sami go and play elsewhere, here at Arsenal, we play for the badge first………………… All respect lost for you and I was a HUGE fan.

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  25. Andrew AFC

    2-0 was my favourite predicted score line last season, this season it’s going to be 3-0 when the team gels together GOYG

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  26. gamer

    Itv doing a sly troll on arsenal showing old cesc clips im on to you itv

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  27. da1franklin

    i think we ned a striker 2 produce d quality we deserve u cnt rely on d so called sanogos and girouds 4 goals. get a real striker

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