Of course it would be much better for Arsenal fans if we were still involved in the Champions League, but unfortunately for us we got arguably the toughest draw in the first knockout phase and when we faced Barcelona in that double header they were at the peak of their powers and had not hit the poor run of form that has seen their nine point lead of La Liga cut to nothing and their own UCL exit at the quarter-final stage.
A year or so ago you would not have given Arsenal FC a snowball’s chance in hell of being able to sign the young centre back Rafael Varane from his current club, as the French international was a regular starter for Real and was drawing rave reviews for his performances in Spain and around Europe.
Arsenal fans may be suffering from cold shivers down the spine this Easter after the latest Arsenal transfer rumours suggested that our best player of the season so far by a country mile has found his way onto the transfer radar of one of the biggest clubs in the world Barcelona.
According to the Don Balon, Mesut Ozil has spoken to his agent about a possible Arsenal exit, with his intentions to leave unless Arsene Wenger is moved on.
The French manager has come under increased scrutiny in recent months, which is starting to become a regular occurrence in each season of late.
Even if the latest Arsenal transfer rumours are true, and Arsenal are the club in pole position to secure the transfer of the Real Madrid aand Spain international star Isco in the summer, there would still be a few things that could stop the stuning transfer to north London going ahead.
The biggest gripe of Arsenal fans that go to the Emirates for every game for the last god-knows-how-many years is that they have been paying the highest prices in the world, but have not been rewarded by the ambition of the club on the pitch. The taunts about Arsene Wenger’s sole ambition being to make the Top Four to generate more money for the club rather than actually trying to go the whole hog and win the League.
After the Gunners pulled off the brilliant last gasp result that we needed to stay in the Champions League, for at least two more games anyway, I can understand why Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players were very upbeat and also full of confidence for the latter stages of the competition.
You could hardly have called Arsenal first two group matches being lucky, with the unbelievable defeats to Zagreb and Olympiakos, and Arsene Wenger acknowledged that things didn’t go our way, but also opined that his team usually qualified anyway.