Although there are still plenty of Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Gunners with various right backs as a potential replacement for the Man City bound Frenchman Bacary Sagna, the smart money says that the Toulouse and Ivory Coast player Serge Aurier is set for a move to the Emirates.
Arsenal did not go out of the Champions League to Bayern because of the game in Munich, but if it wasn’t for a brilliant penalty save from Lukasz Fabianski, they would have lost both legs of the last 16 tie. And both would have been directly attributable to, let’s say debatable, decisions by the officials.
There is no doubt whatsoever that Arsenal’s chances in the home leg against Bayern Munich were destroyed by the referee. Whether he was right or wrong to send off Wojciech Szczesny, when Robben seemed to have tipped the ball quite far away from goal, is not the dicussion here. The fact is that it ruined the rest of the game for the neutrals and completely turned the tide against the Gunners.
Everyone is entitle to their opinion, of course and on close calls you normally have at least two of the three pundits disagreeing. Except when it comes to Arsenal it seems. We all know about how biased Michael Owen is, especially towards Liverpool and against Arsenal, but it seems the contagion is spreading to Sky Sports.
Juan Cuadrado has been linked with a possible move to Arsenal increasingly frequently this season, and the talented and versatile Colombian international has begun to attract interest from a number of top clubs with his excellent performances this season.
Arsenal have a mountain to climb in the Allianz Arena tonight, but reports earlier suggesting that Arsene Wenger was going to rest Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have proved to be wrong. Whether Wenger changed his mind after hearing the negative comments or was playing mind games is not important, what is important is that the team gives everything tonight.
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.