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Why Arsenal are still hoping to top Champions League group

Arsene Wenger is not getting carried away with the fact that Arsenal beat the Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates last night. The Frenchman admitted in his post match interview, reported by Arsenal.com, that it was very unlikely that the Gunners could pip Jurgen Klopp’s side to top the group, but he did accept that it was a possibility and he is right to do so.

He also said that he was not sure how Arsenal would approach the final group game against Galatasaray in two weeks and that it could depend on what happens in the few games there are before that final game in Istanbul.

Clean sheet is Key to success for Arsenal in Champions League

Arsene Wenger is still hopeful and confident that his Arsenal team can have a good run in the Champions League this season, but he also knows that we need to get going as soon as possible, starting this evening with the visit of Galatasaray.

The game marks the 18th anniversary of the Frenchman taking over as Arsenal manager, a very successful spell with one notable exception. Despite a UEFA cup final in 2000 and a Champions League final in 2006, Wenger only has domestic titles to his name and he thinks that the way modern football has progressed makes it even harder for that to change, as an ESPN report reveals.

Can Arsenal make this a Wenger landmark NOT to forget?

As well as being a vitally important home game for Arsenal in the quest for Champions League glory, the game against Galatasaray this evening marks the 18th anniversary of the managerial reign of Arsene Wenger. And the current players will be desperate to make it a day to remember this time.

The Frenchman has become the most successful manager in the club’s history in his time in charge, but if it was not for that dramatic FA cup final win over Hull City last season, his reputation would be under threat and the media would no doubt be on his back.

Wilshere hands Arsenal BIG champions League boost – Is Jack back?

There is some great news for Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger today, as Jack Wilshere took part in the training session at London Colney, as reported by ESPN, to prove that fears that his turn of an ankle in the north London derby on Saturday would leave him on the sidelines with our captain Mikel Arteta and last season’s Player of the Year Aaron Ramsey.

Not only is this a real boost for the Gunners in a difficult week, with a home tie in the Champions League against Galatasaray followed by a crucial Premier League away day at Chelsea, but it could be seen as the end of Wilshere’s terrible run of bad luck with injuries.

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.

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.

Arsenal set to miss out on another striker transfer target

There is a rumour going around that Arsenal are going to go back to Liverpool with a final offer of around £49 million for Luis Suarez. If this is true, it doesn’t mean that we will get him, but one thing is for sure, we cannot afford to wait until the end of the transfer window to find out.

So if the club is going to up their offer, they need to be quick about it, because if we don’t get Suarez, we absolutely have to get somebody else. Even our current centre forward Olivier Giroud knows that he needs help up front, as he has explained in an interview.

Wenger wants Suarez ASAP so Arsenal will increase offer this week

There are a few developments about the Luis Suarez to Arsenal transfer in the papers and on sports websites today. That does not necessarily mean they are accurate, of course, but they may give an indication as to how things are proceeding.

It does look as if Suarez is keen to join Arsenal, because his first choice destination, Real Madrid, seem intent on prising Gareth Bale away from Tottenham. According to some reports, Suarez is already looking in to places to live in London, but others claim that the Uruguayan is concerned that Arsenal could fail to qualify for the Champions League at the play-off stage.

Have Arsenal made a mistake asking Galatasaray to Emirates Cup?

Galatasaray? How out of touch can you get? by Neil

On 4th August, next Sunday, Arsenal take on Turkish side Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup. For those with short memories, there is a history between our clubs. On 17 May 2000, Arsenal were due to play the UEFA cup final against the Turkish side. Older readers will know what happened before the game.

Should Arsenal reconsider prolific Turkish striker?

Yilmaz link returns! by AH

With Arsenal on the hunt for a new striker this summer, Arsene Wenger has certainly outlined who his main striking targets are. The list includes some of the world’s greatest current strikers in Rooney, Higuain and Suarez. However with Rooney seeming to be a no go, Higuain being a deal gone cold and Suarez just being extremely unrealistic, Arsenal have supposedly turned their attention back to Galatasaray and Turkey international striker Burak Yilmaz, although this may be just a rumour.

The Emirates Cup Preview – Star players on show….

What will this year’s Emirates Cup bring? by Dave G

General admission tickets to the 2013 Emirates Cup went on sale yesterday, and we can all now look forward to the weekend of August 3rd and 4th, when Porto, Napoli and Galatasaray will visit Arsenal for our pre-season mini-cup. The Emirates Cup has previously hosted such teams as Real Madrid, Milan and Atletico Madrid, but many casual fans might not be aware of the kind of talent that we can expect to see this year. The Cup should allow us the chance to see any new signings (there will be some = have faith) in action, while casting an eye over the talent of the visiting clubs. So do these teams have any players we might be interested in?