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Arsenal up against it AGAIN with Champions League fixtures

After Arsenal were handed yet another tough group in the Champions League this season, Arsene Wenger will have been hoping that the fixture schedule would be a bit kinder to us, but that hope will have been in vain. In fact it could get worse when the TV companies start messing about with the Premier League fixtures.

Wenger will be praying that no more Arsenal players join the injury list during the international break, because straight after it we host Man City on Saturday and then play the first UCL group game away to Borussia Dortmund on the Tuesday; a nightmare start especially as we have Mathieu Debuchy banned for the next European game after another harsh red card in the play-offs. Hopefully Dortmund will continue their slow start but we could well be up against it from the off.

Will Sokratis suit the Arsenal transfer philosophy?

I have been trying to think of a Plato pun but will have to settle for the one in the title. Anyway, Gooners, the Arsenal transfer rumour linking us with the Greece international defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos could soon turn out to hit a snag, after the Gunners were drawn against his current club in the Champions League.

Before the draw, according to The Mirror, Borussia Dortmund had offered the 26-year old central defender to us as we looked to strengthen at the back. And apparently Arsene Wenger was fairly keen on Sokratis, although the Frenchman was trying to get him for around £12 million rather than the £20 million that Dortmund were asking for.

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 luck of the draw almost as bad as ever in UCL

It was a great achievement, if a very nerve wracking one, for Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League group stages for the 17th year in a row this week. But Arsene Wenger and the players will be determined to go further in the competition this season, having gone out in the first knockout round in recent years.

But to do this we were hoping for a bit more luck in the draw to give us a better chance of winning our group and avoiding the better teams. So having been put in group D, the second pot was important and we got the German giants Borussia Dortmund, just like last season. That was just about as bad a start as possible.

Is Campbell or Reus behind Arsenal selling Podolski?

While most of the Arsenal fans are fairly happy with the business the signings made so far by Arsene Wenger in the summer transfer window, I still think that we are hoping for another couple of additions before the window closes in just over a week.

So I was a little surprised to see the Metro report claiming that the Italian champions Juventus had already opened talks with the Gunners forward Lukas Podolski and that it was very likely that the German World Cup winner would soon be packing his bags for Italy and Serie A.

WOW! Arsenal could be set to sign Marco Reus!!

Arsenal are just one of a nymber of big clubs around Europe that have been linked with the Germany inbternational attacker, Marco Reus. It is no surprise really, because the 25-year old is seriously good, but due to the fact that his contract with current club Borussia Dortmund still has three years to run and the Bundesliga giants have repeatedly declared they would not sell, it looked like Arsenal would be just another disappointed club as well.

Arsenal WON’T sell to Man Utd but WILL fight them for Hummels!

It seems like things are really changing for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal these days. The trophy drought is finally over and the club are now releasing decent sums of money for the manager to spend on players. Not only does that mean that Wenger has been able to buy top class players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, but it means that he is not forced to sell his best players either.

Reus NOT Khedira to be the next German at Arsenal?

Arsenal fans know all too well the problems that an injury can cause. From having two of our most promising young players in years, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, nearly having their careers ended before they began, to having Abou Diaby suffer enough injuries for a whole team.

I’m not even going to start on about last season, because it just gets me so frustrated, but at least Arsene Wenger has done something about the problem, bringing in two new experts to deal with the players’ fitness and the medical side of things.

Arsenal in new transfer link with Bender – Not that one!!

After Arsenal were linked with Lars Bender for quite a while, the saga heaed up a dead end street after the player suggested that he was not ready to make the step up from Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga to the pressure of Arsenal in the Premier League. Then it hit a wall when the midfielder picked up an injury that ruled him out of the Germany World Cup side.

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.

Should Arsenal challenge Chelsea for Bayern’s unhappy Gotze?

It seems bizarre that Arsenal could even be thinking about signing the young German international Mario Gotze this summer, bit that surprise could actually be on the cards as the talented player has grown increasingly frustrated with his chances under Pep Guardiola and may be on the move at the end of the season.

the 22-year old was a superstar at Borussia Dortmund, which is why they were so angry at the way Bayern Munich swooped for him last year. Gotze expected to be playing all the time after his £30 million move, but must be wishing that he stayed where he was after being left out of the Bayern midfield quite often, especially in the big games.

Drmic denial alerts Arsenal rivals to possible transfer hijack!

Arsenal may or may not be preparing to sign Josip Drmic, the young Swiss striker who has taken the Bundesliga by storm this season by scoring the same number of goals as Robert Lewandowski in a much worse side than the Pole’s Borussia Dortmund. But if the Gunners are trying to negotiate a deal with FC Nurenberg for their 21-year old star, it is likely to be much harder now.