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.

And it didn’t get any better for the Gunners in the next pot, with the Turkish champions Galatasaray going in. All we needed now was to get Monaco or Roma to complete the bad luck. But we got Anderlecht from Belgium instead. So it could have been slightly worse, I suppose, but it could also have been much better.

As usual, Chelsea got a nice easy ride, with Schalke, Sporting and Maribor. Man City got Bayern Munich and Roma while Liverpool’s is not too bad apart from Real Madrid. So Arsenal didn’t get the group of death, but we will need to be really on the ball to finish top. What do you think?

Tags Dortmund Galatasaray


  1. AussieGOONER says:

    Chelsea as usual get a piss easy draw! fkkking fkkkk uefaaaaaaseaaaaa

    COYG we will top it!

    1. muffdiver says:

      chelsea get dogs piss every year…suspect.

      1. jonestown1 says:

        Becoming a joke, and Liverpool even jammier.

      2. arsenalman365 says:

        Wow talk about overreaction. Anderlecht are worse than Marseille and Galastaraay are worse than Napoli. Galastaraay have Eboue at right back and ur worried??? Dortmund aren’t that good either and Liverpool beat em 3-0. Arsenal are surely better than all of those teams? We are better than Dortmund player 4 player.

        1. jonestown1 says:

          Probably right arsenalman365, just getting a bit bored of seeing Dortmund coming out of the hat every year. I am not so much worried about our group, just could have been much easier and just pissed that Chelsea get such an easy ride every f**king year. Jeez, we would have been better off in Pot 3 with Pool’s outrageous draw.

          1. arsenalman365 says:

            We beat Dortmund away last year and they lost Lewandowski so I expect us to win every game. Could have been harder could have been easier, a 3 out of 5 for difficulty.

          2. jonestown1 says:

            Have to say I admire your confidence and high expectations my friend.

          3. muffdiver says:

            thats not confidence, an he will be talking different when we play them.

            jurgen klopps lot are the elite. make no mistake

          4. arsenalman365 says:

            Szczesny> Weidenfeller
            Debuchy> Pizscek who can’t defend
            Koscielny> Hummels because he is quicker
            Mertesacker> Subotic
            Gibbs> Schmelzer
            Bender> Arteta due to more legs but could change.
            Ramsey> Sahin
            Cazorla> Blaszczkowski
            Walcott> Immoble

            Plus Dortmund have no squad depth. Our squad is deeper than people think.

          5. cramer says:

            haha arsenal365, you have the most rose tinted glasses ive ever come across.

            Debuchy also cant reallly defend. Hummels was the best cb in the world cup while koscielny doesnt start for france. Walcott has played striker for us once so you cant really compare him to immobile but immobile is likley to be better than gitoud once he gets going.

            And the cherry on top you claim arteta could be better than bender!!

            There is rating our players highly and then there is being riduclous

          6. arsenalman365 says:

            Koscielny doesn’t start for france because Sakho and Varane are a partnership. You don’t actually think any of them touch him? I said Bender is better than Arteta because he has more legs plus Immoble aint proven at this level and the Italian league is poor. Giroud is a proven premier league player desping scoring 22 in 29 last season. Walcott is proven upfront and scored a load of goals before he signed a new contract. Walcott did 21 goals and 14 assists in 31 games which even beats Marco Reus’s tally (not saying he is better but similar). Immoble is proven at the highest level and could be a 1 season wonder like Darren Bent.

          7. arsenalman365 says:

            By Arteta could change I meant that Wenger is almost guaranteed to sign a dm based on reliable sources like BBC, The Telegraph and The Guardian. They say that Wenger is interested in a DM and Striker and the majority of what they say is accurate. They were the first to break out the Chambers and Debuchy story so I recommend ditching caughtoffside, metro etc and read them instead.

          8. Win every game, I admire his confidence too.
            Said earlier, we WILL get Dortmund again, probably Qlympiacos, well we got old foe Galatasary instead.
            And also Chelsea would get a bye, how right I was there.
            At least we missed Roma, just.
            Dotmund and Galatasary are tough games, be very happy if we get through, elated if we win the group.

        2. muffdiver says:

          alot of people are gonna be crying like last season when we get completely outplayed against last season.

          the away win we parked the bus- does no one remember the game?

          unbelivable arrogance, considering we almost got knocked out by besiktas last night.

          humble pie coming soon

          1. arsenalman365 says:

            We are better than Dortmund player for player plus a stronger squad. The possession was 50/50 and it wasn’t completely outplayed plus we had no pace. Wilshere and Cazorla were playing wide with Giroud up top so they pushed up. Walcott, Chambo and Gnabry were all injured. Dortmund are not one of the elite nio disrespect.

          2. muffdiver says:

            i hear u about squads man, but imo dortmund are a force, i hope ur right, but they have beat madrid barca munich convincingly in last two seasons. thats elite man

          3. muffdiver says:

            i hear u man. but remember they beat madrid barca and bayern in last two seasons convincingly, thats elite

          4. arsenalman365 says:

            We beat Bayern convincingly away and the best Barcelona team of all time. They only came back in the champions league 3 years ago and are considered elite. Dortmund are crumbling because Bayern are outbuying them. From a Dortmund point of view, they are probably shitting them themselves.

          5. mohawk says:

            a bit pessimistic. But in Dortmund the game was low scoring – partly because both teams had defensive quality and played hard fought game. That was NOT parking the bus – when Arsenal do try to “park the bus” it often goes poorly.

          6. Mick The Gooner says:

            Dortmund were lucky to beat us at the Emirates, we were lucky to beat them away. They’re a top quality side and I’d certainly take Piszczek, Hummels, Reus, Gundogan and Immobile into our squad without hesitation. We can beat them but they can certainly beat us too. Looking forward to playing against them, they’re one of my favourite teams, should be two great games for us to watch!

            Another plus is that other than Galatasaray away, we don’t have to travel too far.

          7. Patrick Shiiiza says:

            Arsenal – Dortmund have been awesome to watch 😉

          8. LeftyLL says:

            Does anyone remember the Arsenal vs Villarreal semi final in 2006? They were ultra defensive in first leg and it riled Wenger. He said in the press conference before the second leg that it was not the way to reach a final, playing negative defensive football was not the arsenal way and we would show them how to win away from home. Arsenal then proceeded to put on the most defensive display in our history and barely left our box let alone our half. And after all that we went through. Turns out parking the bus can be quite an effective tactic. Just ask Mourinho.

        3. Frosty70 says:

          We beat Dortmund away last year in the group stage. NOT a pre season friendly, so I think we’ll manage to navigate our way through this group

          1. Mick The Gooner says:

            ‘Aaron Ramsey pops up… And Arsenal lead in Dortmund’

            Wouldn’t mind hearing that commentary again this year.

        4. pranavTrue Gooner says:

          Last season galatasaray elimainated juve. So dont underestimate them. But we should qualify from this group

          1. mohawk says:

            The draw ensures that Arsenal will need to play well each game. But is that not the point of seeking a championship?

            And Arsenal, sadly, have had tougher draws than this.

            Was it 3 years ago that one group had FOUR league champions – Real, ManCity, Dortmund and whichever team had won the Eredivisie? That was possible because UEFA does not consider league performance in making the pots – they use some UEFA performance coefficient. Anyway,THAT was a tough group.

        5. DennisTheMenace says:

          the problem is chel$hit and the fools will have a walk in the park against maribor and ludo or something while we would have to use considerable more resources during the mid week which again will favor those teams during the weekend while we get hurt …..

          though after 3 rounds i was dead sure of getting roma.. that’s a big relief

          us and city have the wost of luck in CL

        6. joeboy says:

          Well said mate! Liverfool only beat dortmund coz they put a B team out because they played munich 3days later which they beat! Personally i think dortmunds first 11 which can play is stronger then our 11 which will play…..gala wont be an easy away game but i expect at least a point and should beat them at home, anderlech we should be getting 6points out of as well…..but then again this is arsenal and we will probably get injuries ar per and not have a big squad coz wenger is too tight to buy anyone

        7. mohawk says:

          Yes. Pre-season does not mean much, but they did look very poor in that performance Dortmund will likely be a good team, but they don’ “appear” to be as good as they have been. Just the player turn-over can set a team back a little.

        8. joeboy says:

          We dont even have a decent striker! We just about put away the chances yesterday…..sanchez is a winger and well sanogood is no good

          1. mohawk says:

            Yes, Arsenal have issues. Hopefully Wenger is working on some of them. Striker? I doubt. But how fun would it be to know you will win every game automatically? There will be intensity and nail-biting this season.

        9. Wazzzimbo says:

          It’s an average group in all fairness… I’d rather have our group than an easier one because we need to get into the habit of beating European teams that are difficult. I am expecting 15/18 points. The only real negative for me is that if we were in for Reus before, then he wont be joining this summer.

        10. Malik says:

          actually 4-0

        11. Dortmund DID get beat 2-0 at HOME against Leverkusen at the week-end.
          That was NOT a pre-season friendly.
          Still tough group though.
          Cty and Pool get tougher group, because they are not in the top group.
          And Chelsea ummmmmmmmmmm something dodgy there, every year a bye.

          1. Patrick Shiiiza says:

            Leverkusen have a weird Jinx over Dortmund. They haven’t been able to beat Leverkusen in five meetings now. But again, cannot underestimate them, they were unlucky not to go through after beating Real 2:0 in the second leg.

            and damn Chelsky!!!

        12. Patrick Shiiiza says:

          Dortmund are one of the best teams in Europe. And they got to the champions league final with Bayern and manged to progress further than Arsenal the next year and beat Real Madrid, sadly lost 3-2 aggregate. Plus, Dortmund beat us to first place last year. They have a great squad of players and have strengthened this transfer window. Jürgen Klopp is also an awesome manager. Hope they can still hold onto their best players.

          That said, I think we can do well. Getting top spot will be vital to avoid the likes of Bayern and Co. Always love the way Dortmund play, should be entertaining.

    2. chimchimgiroud says:

      Im actually really pleased with this draw, could have been harder and we get to play dortmund who made great games to watch last season! We’ll top our group so all is good

      1. Mick The Gooner says:

        At least Dortmund won’t be a team to just come and park a bus at the Emirates.

    3. no sanogo no party says:

      UEFA do really hate arsenal. But don’t worry gunners, we will get easy group in the future when Wenger becomes the UEFA president.

    4. sevenitti says:

      Team for team, i dont think there’s such a big difference between group D and G, but i would indeed rather be in group G than D.

      Funfact: Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund have met in the group stages in CL three times in a row now. Now you know what to put your hard earned money on next year!

    5. Bjorn27 says:

      Ok… still trying to figure out how is this a bad draw? It speaks volume of our confidence and expectations of this team if we are reacting so pessimistically to what i think can be considered a fairly easy draw. So i will ask you all this question???
      Is it really a tough group? or subconsciously despite our new signings you think that arsenal is still not strong enough to boss this substandard group.

  2. JDodge says:

    I’m pretty much happy with our group, no where near as had as last year. More importantly though,


    1. muffdiver says:

      i disagree , coming second means we get knocked out in round of 16 by bayern/barca- as usual.

      we need to win group, that means beating dortmund.
      they r better then last year …oh an…..


      1. JDodge says:

        Dortmund are not better than last year, they have dropped off a lot. We will win this group no doubt.

        1. muffdiver says:

          dont embarass yourself with comments like that man

          1. JDodge says:

            Considering they lost their opening game 2-0 at home by a poor Levekusen team it shows how they’ve dropped off a lot.

            Just don’t comment here anymore, safe YOURSELF the embarrassment of your poor football knowledge.

          2. muffdiver says:

            week before that loss- they beat bayern munich 2-0

            funny u didnt mention that

            il comment here as long as i want, u dont like it. dont let the wenger shaped door hit u on the way out darling

          3. muffdiver says:

            week before that loss…
            beat bayern 2-0- funny u didnt mention that

            im going nowhere. dont like it?
            dont let wenger shaped door hit u on the way out

          4. JDodge says:

            Again, commenting mindlessly. Bayern were majority of their attacking players whereas Dortmund were only missing Reus. Beating Bayern then losing to a mediocre Leverkusen shows how good you really are isn’t it? Dortmund will be the only decent opposition in our group, Anderlecht and Galatasaray, expect nothing less than a home and away win.

            Isn’t this an Arsenal fans only site? We don’t need your negativity or false info.

          5. muffdiver says:

            grow up man, cos i dont get on my knees suck wenger and act like our team is one of the best in europe im not a fan!

            yeh ok if u say so

            an whos we? mate ur crusade involves u and …cough cough …just u.

          6. Dortmund lost at HOME 2-0 to Leverkusen at the week-end.
            Sorry muff, but this time only one person is embarrassing themselves.
            Of course, they WILL get better, but, as good as with Lewi, do not believe so.

  3. Cartman says:

    Chelsea got an easy one

    1. Matt says:

      No changed there… Such a fixed draw.

    2. Abramthebitch, big sponsor UEFA.
      Just kidding.

  4. JDodge says:

    I’m pretty much happy with our group, no where near as Bad as last year. More importantly though,


  5. Lost says:

    To be fair City have the hardest group and our group looks so much familiar A turkish club and a German one yea….

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      MCity should be able to handle it. Aren’t they the squad with all the “depth” of “world class” players?

  6. Matt says:

    1 or 2 more top class signings before deadline day or we are f*cked this season.

    1. B.R.94 says:

      Wenger said we dont need any player
      And look our injure list

      1. All back after the International break, except Theo, just after, and of course OG.

    2. B.R.94 says:

      Wenger said we dont need any player
      And look our injure list

  7. juhislihis says:

    Whatchu talkin’ ’bout Willis? We got a great group. Cherishing to play against BVB again, can have little banter with my mate who’s German and supports ’em. Last year I watched the match we won in a German pub, surrounded by 70-80 BVB supporters, being the only one cheering for Gunners. Good times! : D

    And let me ask you this: SINCE WHEN HAS ARSENAL BEEN AFRAID OF GALATASARAY? They are nothing compared to us. COYG!

    Oh and by the way, in which group Manchester United was in..? I didn’t catch that..

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      Last year we lost at home and won away against Dortmund. They’ve lost Lewandowski, We’ve bought Alexis. We’re a stronger team than we were last year, if anything they’re a little weaker, but still a very good side. They still have Reus, Hummels, Kuba and Gundogan.

      On a side note – this kills any rumour of us signing Reus, he wouldn’t join a team that Dortmund will face.

  8. muffdiver says:

    to be honest it makes no difference as wenger doesnt buy a squad good enough to compete in champions league…which is why we never do.

    he needs to buy if he wants to actually bother in europe this season

  9. cheeterspotter says:

    Don’t moan my gooner.friends,that’s not a bad draw. This is

  10. Which group are you Van Persie?! …your group is a

    1. Still a Pl medal and 250k a week

      What are you bragging about
      You act like we are some world beaters

  11. Mick The Gooner says:

    Can see us going through. Winning the group will be tough though.

  12. Cal says:

    I think the draw isn’t easy but could have been worse. Ultimately it is easier than last year and we made it through then.

    I think we need to buy, I am going to wait until the end of the window to judge our business but I am in no way confident that AW is going to get the players we crave towards the end of the window the more pundits talk about the fact we need to buy the more I think AW will not.

  13. John Legend says:

    We go through with BVB again. Our position depends on us again.
    I almost looks like UEFA has a way of manipulating this draw. . . . . Repeated meetings. . . . .

  14. Mark my words we will finish 2nd in the group with this team
    And then get rolled over by either Bayern or Barca

    Same thing every season
    To win the CL you gotta beat the best

    But the only thing we can do is reach the round of 16 and that’s it

  15. Seetsuma says:

    While I’m actually quite excited about this draw (BVB being the only true challengers), I can’t see us buying Reus now. Not unless they pull a Chelsea and add a “don’t play him against us” clause into his sale. I’d be happy with that in all honesty. Let’s spend 50 mil and get Reus and Carvalho both?

  16. RSH says:

    same situation as last season. Unless we get first in the group, might as well pack the bags or we’ll draw Bayern for a 3rd time in a row. Same drill as its been for many years.

    1. @Rsh. One of those guys that makes sense and lives on 2014 and not in 2004

      Cheers mate

  17. Princegooner says:

    Arsenal are better than last season, we have players with champions mentality.
    Dortmund aren’t what they used to be, no lewy, no gotze.
    Gala are a weak team and anderlecht oh. Shit team
    We will top this group.

  18. GROUP I : Man United, AC
    Milan, BESIKTAS & PSV

  19. Lol some people saying the group depends on us

    If dortmund play to their full strengths
    Dortmund 2-0 Madrid
    Dortmund 3-0 Bayern
    Dortmund 2-0 Bayern
    They are almost unplayable on their day

    Can you say the same for us
    When was the last time we had a dominant game against an European team

    Stop dreaming and come back to reality
    This is not 2004 this is 2014
    And there are a lot of teams that are better than Us

    1. macgooner says:

      We beat Dortmund in Germany last year and were very unlucky to lose to them at the emirates Santi hit the crossbar before we got caught on the break so don’t act like there unbeatable I thought you were a realist

      1. muffdiver says:

        outplayed in both games by dortmund . believe its still available on youtube.

        short memory bro

        lucky my nuts, cannot compare

        1. macgooner says:

          Second game we were outplayed I agree but def weren’t outplayed at the emirates were looking like the team to win it before we got caught it happens. And it’s no disgrace to be outplayed at dortmunds home ground the atmosphere there is very intimidating for any team but we battled hard and rode or luck and got the 3 points no reason why we can’t do it again

          1. muffdiver says:

            look if we have full squad an no injuries its doable.
            but seems unlikely we will have no injuries

      2. I remember it all dude
        But you know how we play against big teams in general

        And talking about unlucky
        Dortmund missed 2-3 good chances in the first half had they scored the match would have been over there

        But I still think we can top the group

        1. macgooner says:

          Know what you’re saying the big teams in pl last year annihilated us in the away games but I believe we will be stronger this year everyone knows how important these games are so let’s get behind the team and stop worrying about who we draw in the group we love big nights in Europe at the emirates remember bayern at home before sczs got sent off never experienced atmosphere like that at the emirates before

      3. RSH says:

        . Klopp is a top coach, more modern than Wenger, and I really think that may be the difference. It will be close but I’ll be very very disappointed if we finish 2nd because nowadays that automatically means were out. Sad truth.

        1. RSH says:

          my money is still on us finishing first, but mostly I still think it rides on who we bring in the last few days of the transfer window. And guess this smashes the Sokratis to Arsenal rumours. Thats not happening now…

    2. jib says:

      Beating Bayern Munich 2-0 at the allianz arena 2013?

    3. DennisTheMenace says:

      this is an arsenal site not for scums fan like you!

  20. Gooner Cape Town says:

    Mourinho is a poes!!!!

  21. Don King says:

    We can win the group if we get a proven cdm, no way mikel arteta would have any chance against counter attacks and dortmund are dangerous in counter attacks

  22. alexhare says:

    Good draw. Interesting games that we should get through. These games will require concentration which is good so our players will be completely committed. Galatasary will be difficult away but we will be fine at home. Anderlecht should also be fine. Dortmund are the biggest rival for the top spot and since we last met they have lost Lewandowski. I think we will top the group if we play like we can play. Dortmund are good, but without Lewandowski I don’t think they’re quite the threat they were last year.

  23. Mick The Gooner says:

    What’s the deal with Bayern always playing English teams? Last season they played Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United. Now they’ve drawn City again..

    1. Cause these games are walkovers for bayern

      1. jonestown1 says:

        “Walkovers”? BM are very, very good but don’t make them out to be God-like. Quite difficult to lose 3 “walkovers” don’t you think?

  24. merksisagunner says:

    Looking forward to our CL games think we have a great group some tough games but i think we will raise our game starting at lecister coyg!!!!!

  25. Cartman says:

    One or two more top signings would increase our chances. I hope Wenger knows something we don’t

  26. ger burke says:

    hahahahahaha , what a bunch of whingers and whiners populate this page of late . it is gone so bad now that you guys would moan about the weather , its too hot , its too clod , too icy , too snowy . manchester united fans used to be the kings of the moan and whinge but you arsenal people on her have surpassed even them .you go on about referees being against us , linesmen against us . did you ever stop to think that maybe we are not entitled to win every game and get a nice soft touch in europe or domestic cups .you are all sloiled rotten is what i am thinking now . if a team are going to win any competition they have to beat all comers on their way . there are some great games coing up in our group even though i do not see us progressing beyond the group stage . aand sure we were never going to win the UCL anyways so why the big deal .

    1. RSH says:

      oh please, there are definitely easier routes to the finals than other routes. Finishing top of the group helps a great deal. Would you rather have faced Bayern last season, or Zenit?? The further you go the better chance you have to win, possibly get lucky here and there.

  27. leo says:

    At least Jurgen Klopp will get a bit more time to get used to his future home

  28. Jimbeam says:

    Carvalho or Bender or Gustavo or soebody who can effing tackle in midfield is a must.

  29. leo says:

    hope the falcao deal is on permanent basis not loan no point in spending 20m on loan when we can get jacskon Martinez/bony for that money wenger left it late still there is hope

    1. cardo87 says:

      Any truth to this Falcao one Leo? Praying there is lol

      1. leo says:

        yes we want him on loan many reliable French journalists say so but Madrid & juve (again)
        want him as well

        1. cardo87 says:

          Interesting mate. Like you say though, 20 mill for a loan is heavy. Unless it comes off the final price for us if they give an option to buy..

    2. macgooner says:

      Wenger himself has ruled out the falcao deal!!

    3. Jippii says:

      Martinez played Porto`s Champions League qualification games so he is eligbe to represent Arsenal in group stage…

  30. leo says:

    United fans must be thrilled…

    They’ve avoided all of the top clubs LOL

  31. Andrew AFC says:

    Wenger if you are serious about the UCL get the wallet out. As far as you saying we will only buy players that make the team better you know my thoughts.

  32. john0711 says:

    We will buy FA top quality so forget it
    We will get knocked out in the last 16 then spend the season trying to get in the top 4
    That’s our target every year, get used to until until wenger and he board go

  33. leo says:

    he is back our new signing
    Campbell and Diaby starts for Arsenal U 21 tonight.

    1. muffdiver says:

      thats like the third time in a month hes back

      why is he still here lol

    2. Twonk says:

      I don’t think we are going to bring in anyone that special. AW thinks our squad is ok as usual.

  34. cardo87 says:

    Champions League is all about playing Europes best teams. No one should be complaining about our group. Bring them all on gooners.

  35. Andrew AFC says:

    Who’s given UEFA a back hander ?????

    1. Andrew AFC says:

      Is that you Platini giving me the thumbs 🙂

  36. us arse says:

    Draw not too bad. We have a decent chance at topping the group. To progress, however, we need to buy 2 players, a Central Defender/Midfielder and a bigger striker to present as an alternative to Sanchez. (Can’t rely on two un-provens in Campbell and Sanogo; top teams can afford only one such luxury.) Given current strengths in squad (Sanchez, Walcott, Campbell), maybe Bony is better option than Remy. Of Course Cavani or Falcao would work as well. Prefer Calvalho for CD/CM.

  37. Wonder says:

    This is fixed!

  38. mohawk says:

    Draw not great – but not terrible. But if you want to be a champion you must beat good teams on the journey. The only real drawback is Wenger may be forced to use some of his best players on that journey.

  39. Jimbeam says:

    Healthy Team w/o Giroud:






    1. mohawk says:

      I would like to see pace on the wings as much as possible (Campbell, Walcott, Ox). It is such an advantage both offensively and defensively.

      Ox really put the pressure on Besiktas defense in his start. And in the few minutes Campbell has been on the pitch this season he has gone back and made several nice defensive stops. Not because he is a great defender, but his raw pace allowed him to get back in time to surprise the opponent and steal the ball.

  40. goonerwineverything says:

    as with last time klopp will be like the 12 man on the pitch and major inspiration(great man motivator and tactician to boot) to bvb so we will have to be on our guard against them as they will be pumped up to meet us but we could inflict an early psychological blow if we secure the services of one mr marco reus, we should roll the over two teams over with a bit of effort COYG

  41. Enygma says:

    And who the hell cares who we meet…huh?To be the best u must beat the best.

  42. RSH says:

    First match is away at Westfalenstadion, Sept. 16. I think its good to get the hardest match over with first. Maybe BVB wont be fully integrated with their new signings, and hopefully we will be ready. And Anderlecht is our back-to-back tie, and then BVB at home, so hopefully we build up momentum there… But last match is Gala away which is always difficult. I think this was the best schedule we couldve gotten.

  43. mohawk says:

    If Wenger continues using both Cazorla and Ozil for every match Arsenal will struggle. If Wenger alternates using them in the middle and puts some real pace on the wings (Campbell, Walcott, Ox) Arsenal should do fine.

    1. us arse says:

      I somewhat agree; the counter argument is that the way we play, we need several creative players playing together simultaneously. IOW, Ozil/Cazola have to play off each other as well as having speed options on the flanks. Among Ozil, Cazola, Ramsey and Wilshire, only three should play at any one time; when all four play, we are too unbalanced defensively and lack sufficient pace.

  44. DANDY GUNNER says:

    Champions League 25m that how much Arsenal get as well as the money Wenger has in his left in his wallet for new players. But old scrooge Wenger won’t spend a penny. Arsenal should have got rid of him when they had the chance. Wenger has lost his way a long time ago.
    Arsenal won’t win a thing this season unless Wenger gets his wallet out and does as he promised and strengthen the team with a few Quality Players.

    1. mohawk says:

      I think Wenger will buy now (maybe a CB) , but he will likely not get a striker. He has set up the team to go with an attacking midfield force and he is stubborn so he likely won’t change direction now.

      1. Twonk says:

        Where is Diaby now anyway? Is he injured again? It’s pathetic. He needs to be got rid off, get rid and get someone decent in. How long are we going to keep him on out books if he don’t play!

        1. gamer says:

          you havent got no one on your books so pipe down

          1. Twonk says:

            How about you wind your neck in? You wouldn’t talk to me like that to my face Mr Keyboard warrior so dont do it on here…….

  45. rkw says:

    Could have been easier could have been harder… Not the point… We don’t have a best 11 that can dominate decent opposition let alone top teams… So quarters if lucky 3rd place in group if injuries mount ….For me mert arteta/flamini and giroud/sonogo are the obvious points of inferiority….so what will wenger do … My gut feeling is nothing serious as he has delivered to our corrupted board half of what they want…hope I’m wrong… But the mans bs has gone of the scale in recent days

  46. Moreno says:

    Why haven’t we bought anyone yet?

    we need a CF/LW/DM/CB and this old fart is still play second fiddle while Van Gaal scoops up all the players out there?? Now he’s going after our target Carvalho?

    sucks being an arsenal fan i swear

  47. leo says:

    Arsenal agree to sell defender Ignasi Miquel for £1.5m to NorwichCity now hurry up & sell coqluelin & myachi + bring in new signings

    1. Gooner Cape Town says:

      Guess that’s 1 more off squad list but… replacements as yet. Time is a running out Wenger. MU in talks in Manchester for Carvalho as his agent there………..
      Where are we going with this transfer window??? Oh god heart attack stuff again, damn my pacemaker’s batteries are low, oh no high blood pressure, my blood sugar has sky rocketed….. Come on Arsene only you can save me………………………..

  48. Ronny331 says:

    Miquel going I guess is good news but no incoming news is making this nervy.
    I am hoping that Wenger is playing his games again and targets were secured and just waiting CL qualification.
    CB – I hear Toby Aldwerweild or the Greek guy form BVB, (wont even try and pronounce).
    DM – God knows!! Khedira is off, Bender doesnt want to come, Carvalho dont think Wenger will pay 24m. Rabbiot?? or loan move?
    Striker – Heard today Cerci or Destro?

  49. Goontz says:

    So many p*ssies. You should happy to get an exciting fixture like Arsenal vs Dortmund, two attacking teams of similar quality. And btw, this is much more doable than last year so let’s do them all.

    1. NY_Gunner says:


  50. Ted Drake says:

    I like our group, not too easy and not the group of death. Dortmund is a tricky game. The game at the emirates was amazing but the difference was Lewandowski. Now he is gone and we have added Sanchez we will have a game on our hands. Can’t wait.

    1. RSH says:

      they may have Gundogan back by then though. But obviously no guarantee he will be the same player. Has been out for over a year.

  51. Ted Drake says:

    Both and Akpom and Crowley have scored so far in the ongoing u-21 game. Nice to see the young guns doing well.

  52. cardo87 says:

    Reckon I’m gonna go crazy before the transfer windows shuts, all the rumours ahhhhhhhhh lol. I’ll be pissed if Carvalho ends up at united n we sign nobody.

  53. sidtsw says:

    it is champions league FFS what did you all expect ??
    teams for europa league..
    it is champions league has to be tough (but it wont be too much in my opinion ) 🙂

  54. sidtsw says:

    it is champions league FFS what did you all expect ??
    teams for europa league..?
    it is champions league has to be tough (but it wont be too much in my opinion ) 🙂

  55. luvdaguns says:

    perennial bundesliga powerhouse dortmund??? are you kidding me, they have one tenth the history we have,

  56. seatofthesoul says:

    I understand that fans will be a bit biased towards their team, but Dortmund are fantastic at doing what they do – sell their best players (bar Reus/Hunmels) and invest it back into good players for much cheaper, Mikhitryan is always good for a goal, Aumbameyang too is threatening. Klopp in my opinion is one of the best managers in the world considering their budget and I hope he eventually succeeds Arsene. With regards to the group itself I think we can win it but only if we sign a replacement for Giroud, Falcao £20m for a year I think he will pay the fee back if we progress to at least the quarters – which with him I think we can. Giroud can also have a chance to improve his game as the pressure will not be so great.

Comments are closed

Top Blog Sponsors
JustArsenal Top Ten UK Blogs