Hello folks. Straight off to our smashing Emirates Cup win, it all looked good. We were quick, we scored goals, we let the youngsters shine and the fairy tale looks good. The problem is, this is a movie we’ve seen before.
Arsene Wenger is currently taking a break from his Arsenal transfer duties while he is commentating at the World Cup for French TV, so he has had a good chance to watch all the players on duty in Brazil. It would seem that Wenger thinks that the Germany team have been the most impressive so far if you listen to his roundup.
Arsenal vs Bayern match already heating up! by Ash
Arsene Wenger made two key changes to the Arsenal starting eleven. Vermaelen at left back was forced on him, and he decided to start with Walcott as the centre forward with Giroud on the bench. With the leggy Van Buyten in the Bayern defence, Wenger was hoping that Theo’s pace would be crucial.
The only member of the Arsenal team who has started more Premier league games this season than the captain Thomas Vermaelen is Santi Cazorla, The Belgian defender also started all six of the group games in the Champions league, outlining his experience and importance to Arsene Wenger. It could be a disaster for the Gunners if he misses the next European game, in a week’s time against the runaway leaders of the German Bundesliga, Bayern Munich.
Everything should be hunky-dory with Arsenal’s opponents in the Champions league knockout phase. Bayern Munich are 12 points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga, having lost just once in the league all season, scoring 51 goals and conceding just seven.
Towards the end of the first half against Liverpool yesterday, most Arsenal fans will have experienced a sick feeling in their stomach, accompanied by a cold, clammy sensation that smells of pain and defeat. As Kieran Gibbs left the field to be replaced by Andre Santos, we all feared the worst. The only positive is that the injury gave Arsene Wenger 24 hours to find a replacement.