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How Arsenal CAN still win Champions League group

First of all I want to make it clear that I do not expect Arsenal to overtake the current group leaders Borussia Dortmund and win our Champions League group. I know that we are only three points behind the Germans and still have to host them at the Emirates, but they are playing much better than Arsenal, in Europe at least.

In the Bundesliga, they are having a shocking start to the season, with just two wins and five defeats so far. So we can hope that some of their domestic troubles start to spill over onto the UCL stage. To be honest we will need them to, because at the minute it looks like the Gunners are going to have to beat them by three goals in London to win the group.

Is Arsenal star right to say the WIN is all that matters?

The Arsenal and England international midfielder has given his own take on the Champions League win over Anderlecht in Brussels last night. And while the 22-year old Gunners accepts that we did not play very well and had to rely on a bit of luck to avoid defeat, never mind win, Jack also feels that the result was all important and the performance should not now matter to a certain extent, so is he right?

Why Gibbs goal could be the BIGGEST of Arsenal’s season

I am not even going to try to claim that the two late goals which won the Champions League game against Anderlecht in Brussels last night were just rewards for the team’s efforts. For most of the match, the Gunners just could not make things happen, even though we did control the ball for large periods.

But as Arsene Wenger alluded to after the game, Arsenal have been dominant in most of our games this season and been creating a lot more than we did last night, while not getting the results. And the Frenchman suggested that this was getting to the players and causing them to try and force the issue, leading to less creativity in our performance, not more.

Merson slams dismal Arsenal and Wenger in Champions League

Former Gunners star Paul Merson could not keep his Arsenal fan persona down as he worked as a pundit for the Champions League game against Anderlecht tonight. And even the fact that Arsenal produced a stirring last few minutes to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat was not enought to pacify him.

The former midfielder laid into the performance from Arsenal, declaring that Alexis Sanchez was the only Gunner who could be pleased with his showing. And it is hard to argue with his assessment, although he clearly feels it more than most. It was like the frustration and pressure had been building inside Merse and just had to blow.

Arsenal must kick-start their season tonight

Win over Anderlecht could be the springboard to Arsenal rediscovering their form by SE

Arsenal indeed have made an unimpressive start to their campaign; however, with a couple of good performances, form and the season that’s increasingly going on a downward spiral can be rectified. Last weekend’s 2-2 draw at the Emirates against Hull City cannot be an ideal preparation, going into a crucial Champions League fixture as Arsenal do when they take on Anderlecht at the home of the Belgium champions. While you go into every game of the season looking to win, every result — win, draw or defeat — that Arsenal manage from here on, could have a bearing on their faint mindset.

Anderlecht v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Anderlecht vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

We still haven’t really kicked on this season and even though we managed to beat Galatasaray fairly comfortably a few weeks ago, a poor decision by Szczesny leaves us with reserve keeper Damian Martinez starting in a Champions League game that we need to win.

Our defence is suffering numerous injuries which has forced us to play players out of position or to dip into our reserves and that puts a lot of pressure on our midfielders. They will need to dictate the tempo of the game far better than we did against Hull and to ensure that the first counter attack isn’t a goal.

Why Wilshere suspension NOT so bad for Arsenal

It was surely no surprise to Arsenal fans when Jack Wilshere fouled Hull City’s Gaston Ramirez after about an hour on Saturday and even less of a surprise that the referee showed him a yellow card for the challenge. Because that is unfortunately a part of the England midfielders game and the fact that it was his fifth Premier League booking of the season clearly highlights that.

Injury list NOT reason for Arsenal struggles says Monreal

Following on the back of yet another draw for Arsenal, the trip to Belgium to face Anderlecht is a very important game for the Gunners. It gives us a great opportunity to bounce right back from the visit of Hull City on Saturday, but it also puts more pressure on Arsene Wenger and his injury depleted squad.

But although Arsenal are without Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Mathieu Debuchy, Yaya Sanogo and possibly Laurent Koscielny, the man who might replace the French centre back does not think that we can use the long injury list as any excuse for a failure to get the right result on the pitch.

Can Arsenal finally win Champions League group?

As usual for an Arsenal fan, I was expecting the worst when watching the UEFA draw for the Champions League group stage. And to a certain extent, we got our usual fair share of bad luck, but compared to last year, I think that the Gunners may have got off pretty lightly.

In fact, with our recent improvement, I reckon that this season offers Arsenal a great chance to at least avoid the really strong teams in the first knockout round by finishing top of the group which includes Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray and Anderlecht.

Arsenal to make unknown teenager 1st summer transfer? Hmmm

It almost seems at times that Arsene Wenger is punishing the Arsenal fans for daring to doubt his wisdom. Of course, in the first half of his long reign as Arsenal manager, there was no need to doubt the man dubbed as the professor, because trophies rained down on north London like cats and dogs.

Even in the barren years after the money was used to build the state of the art Emirates stadium, the Gunners were punching above their financial weight, reaching a Champions League final and staying in the competition every year. But patience among Gunners has been wearing thin in the last few seasons and without the FA cup win in May, it would have got worse.

Which, if any, of these 2 defenders will Arsenal sign?

Most of the Arsenal transfer talk at the minute, understandably, is all about whether or not Arsene Wenger is going to sign a new striker or not, and if so, whether it will be a big name, multi million pound superstar or a stop-gap until the end of the season.

But there are other positions and one of them where Arsenal are a bit light is in the centre of defence. The players we do have are doing a fantastic job, so it’s not like we are desperate, but we have seen how injuries can scupper a season. Even though Thomas Vermaelen has looked really solid when he has come in to replace either Per Mertesacker of Laurent Koscielny recently, he is the only decent cover we have in the middle, so the two rumours linking us with central defenders could well have some truth to them.

Arsenal given green light in pursuit of Kouyate

Arsenal have been given a huge boost in the pursuit of the highly-rated Anderlecht centre-half Cheikhou Kouyate, with the Belgian side confirming that the youngster will be allowed to leave the club amidst interest from elite European clubs, most significantly Arsenal, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said to be very keen on the player.

Anderlecht’s managing director Herman van Holsbeeck has stated that while the rugged defender is unlikely to be allowed to leave in the upcoming January transfer window, he has been promised by the club that a transfer will be sanctioned in the summer, similar to how the Belgian side dealt with much sought-after players in the recent past.