It has been widely reported that Carlos Vela will be returning to Arsenal this summer to begin part two of his Premier League adventure, and this is one transfer rumour that seems certain to come off. And as well as rejoining some of his old team mates, the 25-year old could soon be joined by one of his current ones from Real Sociedad, Antoine Griezmann.
I may be clutching at straws here but as Arsenal prepare to host Bayern Munich, the holders and favourites for this year’s Champions League, anything that can help the Gunners’ cause is extremely welcome. So it is good news that the Germans lost another key player to injury at the weekend, while quite a few of our big players got a well earned rest.
As soon as Arsenal were knocked back into second place in their Champions League `group of death`, with a bizarre goalkeeping calamity from Marseille giving Dortmund an undeserved win in the last game, Gooners everywhere were fearing the worst, and we duly got it in last year’s winners and the favourites for this year, Bayern Munich.
I can’t speak for the rest of the Arsenal fans, in fact I can’t really speak at all because my mouth is full of flies after walking around with my jaw hanging open since Monday night. However, I am going to go out on a limb and say that we are all excited about the prospect of Mesut Ozil playing at the Emirates.
Bayern Munich vs Arsenal preview, match line up and score line prediction. by KJ
The sad truth is that this tie is all but lost. Our inability to defend in the first leg has created a monumental task for our players in Germany. We have to go to the Allianz and beat arguably the best side in Europe 3 – 0 at least to qualify for the next round. That’s an extremely difficult task for the likes of Barcelona and Madrid, let alone Arsenal.
Arsenal will need every advantage they can get to produce a famous victory in Munich and progress to the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Bayern. There is some good news for the Gunners today, though, as it appears that Franck Ribery will definitely miss Wednesday’s clash at the Allianz Arena while Arjen Robben is a real doubt.
After Arsenal lost at home to Bayern Munich three weeks ago, their midfielder Franck Ribery admitted that the German side was surprised at how easy the Gunners had made it for them. He certainly had a point, especially on their goals which were all quite preventable. Not many football experts expect Arsenal to overturn the 3-1 deficit, but the Bayern players are steeling themselves for a much better performance in the second leg.
Arsene Wenger has been sweating on the fitness of the French international centre back Laurent Koscielny, as Arsenal have been hit with defensive injuries in this crucial period of the season. The 27-year old had to sit out yesterday’s training in the hope of being able to play tonight, and it seems to have worked, as the Mirror reports he is fit to play.