Why Arsenal must go all out to top our Champions League Group

History looked like it was about to repeat itself for yet another consecutive season, as the Gunners looked like they had put themselves at a disadvantage for top spot. Whilst Arsenal were drawing 2-2 with Ludogorets, our champions league group rivals PSG were winning away in Basel. A Basel equaliser looked as if Arsenal may have been saved of their blushes, but both sides left it late to score winners.

Arsenal and PSG are both therefore still on equal tallies in the group and with Match Day Six featuring a face off between the two clubs, both will be going for the win. You could say Arsenal have the advantage, as the Gunners will be at home and PSG haven’t looked quite the same force without Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the line. However realistically we are all aware that this last test won’t be easy for the Gunners and if we want to finish in top spot, we need to field our strongest side possible.

In previous campaigns Arsenal have been in top spot in the group going into the final group stage match and Wenger has therefore decided to field a slightly weakened team in order to focus on our domestic league campaign. However as a result of fielding a weakened side, Arsenal have often slipped up in the final match, by not achieving the win that would definitely secure our place at the top of the group. As a result the Gunners have slipped into second, which gives us a harder test in first knockout round. Arsenal haven’t got past the round of 16 in the last 6 seasons, with our last quarter final appearance coming in 2009-10. We’ve faced the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich in that time, but we’ve also missed out on progressing against the likes of AC Milan and AS Monaco. Six seasons without progressing is a terrible statistic for a club that argues it’s ready to compete on the major scales of European football.

Arsenal’s goal difference is better by three goals over PSG. The Gunners and PSG may be level on points with 10 points each, but Arsenal have +9 goal difference, with PSG on +6. That does mean that a draw would be enough for Arsenal to finish first in the group, but with PSG more than capable of putting up a fight, it’s vital the Gunners perform like it’s all to play for.

If the Gunners grab top spot, then hopefully we can get an easier draw for the next round. However to win the competition you do have to beat the best, so Arsenal should be up for the challenge no matter who we face.



  1. Wilshegz says:

    Real Madrid, Bayern, Juventus are all currently 2nd in their groups

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      That means absolutely zero. When it comes time to produce, they do…Especially in the UCL. We gotta make sure we “produce” when the time comes…

  2. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    Has everyone forgot the “favorable” draw of Monaco few seasons ago..?

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @J McLovin

  3. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Its important that we beat PSG to win the group.
    Also, PSG will be at home against Ludogorets afterwards so they could pick up quite a few goals and possibly could get rid of the goal difference
    So we may need a result away against Basel too, to win the group

    But I don’t want to play Barca, Real, Bayern etc in the next stage, so let’s win the group

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      In order to take home the trophy, we have to meet and beat 1 or more of the big boys, sooner or later…

      1. Id rather it be later in the semis than earlier in the potentially embarrasing annual last of 16 exit we have become accustomed to.

  4. ThirdManJW says:

    Who cares?! We’ve become so bad in Europe, it doesn’t matter who we get. Be it the toughest draw, Barcelona or the easiest draw, an injury ravaged Monaco side, we always fail of late. I’ll be stunned if we make the Semi-final.

    1. josh37 says:

      Hmmm… A few quick reasons why we should care about CL Performance, particularly the PSG game….
      1.) Ozil and Sanchez in a pivotal season with negotiations.
      2.) Potential strengthening, if we’re to attract elite players we need to be an elite team. Unless of course, you’re Chelsea or United and are willing to throw ludicrous amounts of money and players looking for a payday. Which… We are not.
      3.) Momentum, we’re unbeaten since first game of the season. Every win builds on confidence and with massive games coming up we need that focus and confidence.
      4.) A home game. Teams that have gone on to win the PL have an element of fear and a ‘fortress’ about coming to their turf. Our on the road performances have improved massively the past few seasons, but we just haven’t had the home game fear for a long time.
      5.) Shutting everyone the hell up about we always get kicked out round of 16. It annoys me an absolute tonne!! We’ve improved as a team massively, everyone glosses over the fact that we’ve exited at the hands of Barca and Bayern 3 of the last 4 seasons, we need to get to the quarters MINIMUM.

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