Although Arsenal are still way behind the two favourites Man City and Chelsea to win the race to make Pep Guardiola the new manager for next season, with City clear odds on favourites, Chelsea at 6 to 1 and the Gunners back on 11 to 1, there has been a growing number of Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that the Bayern Munich manager might surprise us and come to north London.
Arsenal are still seen as the outsiders to win the race to appoint the former Barcelona and current Bayern Munich boss when he moves to the Premier League in the summer. Pep Guardiola has certainly sent the football media into a frenzy of speculation this week, though, as he declared that he would be coming to England but that no deal had been conclusively done as yet.
Arsenal are being seen as an outside chance at best of being the club that the current boss of Bayern Munich Pep Guardiola moves to in the summer when his current contract runs out at the end of this season. It was originally reported in the football press that it was a straight battle between Manchester United and City but that grew to include Chelsea once they sacked Jose Mourinho and now the Gunners are said to be in the mix as well.
Bayern Munich thrashed Arsenal last night to get revenge for their defeat at the Emirates a fortnight ago, but basically the Gunners defence gifted them their five goals. Arsene Wenger was not at all happy with the performance and said after the game. “You have to give credit to Bayern first for their quality and on top of that we made things quite easy for them.”Le Prof said. “It was a bad defensive performance and we were extremely poor defensively. We were not at the races. The funny thing is that when we went forward we created good chances. We had a chance to score early but with a defensive performance like that, you go nowhere.
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.
The situation for Arsenal in the Champions League competition right now is still very precarious and even another positive result against one of the pre-tournament favourites to win the whole thing might not be enough to get the Gunners into the knockout phase.
There is a feeling that Arsene Wenger has a tough task ahead of him with the Arsenal team selection for the Champions League away game against Bayern Munich. Our hopes of getting out of the group are still pretty thin and with the heavy injury list and the north London derby to come, perhaps it would be wise to rest a few key players.
Arsenal generally have at least two players for each position on the field, and Laurent Koscielny believes that over the season, there must be times when every single player gets a chance to gel with each other in competitive games, so he is a great believer in Wenger’s rotation policy.