EPL rivals´ woes encourage Arsenal to attack Dinamo

I am sure that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players are fully aware of what happened in the Champions League to our Premier League rivals Man City and Man United last night – and they will be desperate to avoid a similar thing happening in Zagreb this evening.

English teams have been struggling in Europe for a few years now and Wenger will need to draw on his vast European experience to ensure that the Gunners can buck this trend. We do have a great record of getting out of the group stage, even though it is always in second place.

So the boss has a good idea of what is needed in the Champions League games and the defeats for Man City and Man United last night should have given him some pointers about how to approach the game. What I think he will have learned, or had reinforced in his thoughts, is that Arsenal must start fast and press the advantage of our superior quality.

United did that well in the first half away to PSV Eindhoven, quietening the home crowd and taking the lead, but they failed to keep that up and paid the price in the second half. City were also too cautious and allowed Juventus to get settled and grow into the game. The two defeats should also have reminded the Arsenal players that this is a tough competition and any complacency will be punished.

So I expect the Gunners to go for it tonight, without throwing all caution to the wind. Ramsey has been left in London and I expect Wenger to rotate his team a bit, so I would not be surprised top see Arteta and Cazorla in the middle and maybe Giroud and Walcott starting in order to really take the game to Zagreb.

Is this how you would approach the match or should Arsenal be more careful away from home?

Tags Arteta Giroud Walcott

31 Comments

  1. Budd says:

    If we win, press will say it was nothing. If we lose, they will have a field day with Wenger, Wilshere and Giroud.

    1. AD says:

      i think this is because they accept us to win…
      v all knw v need to win the grp to have a chance to break our hoodoo of quaters
      our aim should b atleast reach semis bt its a long way
      i just hope our players remain injury free
      coyg 3-0 arsenal !!

    2. muffdiver says:

      an if we draw
      the press would incite a full blown riot at the post match press conference,
      which derek chisora will crash an say …come on wladimiOHH sorry wrong room…my bad..

      all the while bjork will be in the back row..which one reporter wil spot an say -wtf bjork?!
      what? cant a girl supprt her beloved zagreb?!

      wenger will succumb to the lunacy, take off his top…’yo mikel hit the play button on that b*tch’
      *boomin techno pumps out of the lil arsenal cd player (available at all good outlets)
      an the first 11 get down an dirty croatian techno style

    3. fred cowardly says:

      And why shouldn’t they?

    4. Sam, need a striker says:

      It is a disgrace when you are able to be complete and always you come short, it grows frustration among fans, pundits, and everyone who bet on you … Other so called big teams manged to fulfill their expectations and potential, I mean city, chelsea and man city, and that’s why the media stands by their sides, however, our management either has ego or ignorance so much that they decline everyone call to stand as a big club and fix their flaws …
      Now the pundits and the media wait for us to slip and then say “see we told you”…

      1. Gigi2 says:

        Yeah but somehow they never say that to Manu City Chelsea et al.
        is always us.

    5. skidrow95 says:

      Dear AKBs all over the world,

      We must fight at all cause to defend our LORD wagner.

      He is too old and fragile right now, do whatever it takes to COUNTER all wagner HATERS especially WOBS led by piercing morgans.

      HAIL WAGNER.

      Best Regards,

      Biased Useless Deluded D!qkhead

  2. SoOpa AeoN says:

    TaLk bout rotation……….. Why isn’t it Ospina in place of Cech against zagreb?……. Have we quickly forgotten bout him?

  3. fred cowardly says:

    Our name is Arsenal
    Yet we have not got a strong enough arsenal to win CL.

    We have spears and arrows, while City, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich have a NUCLEAR ARSENAL

    If we had got a Top striker, Top DM, another Top LW, our Arsenal would be a Trident Submarine with loads of Trident nuclear missiles

    So, I’m my opinion because we have no chance at CK, we should rest our Top players for Chelsea and League Cup

  4. arsenalkid1970 says:

    Rather them drop out of the CL as first stage and win the EPL

    1. fred cowardly says:

      I agree

      Winning the PL again will put me over the moon. We can always win CL another year.

      Although, Liverpool won CL during the Gerrard era without winning the PL, so it’s not like it’s completely impossible

      1. muffdiver says:

        no it is.
        IT IS COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE
        things that will happen before we win cl:
        hafiz runs fifa
        i get bored of women
        nirvana reform

        1. Gigi2 says:

          so kurt Cobain would be a zombie, or fully resurrected?

          1. muffdiver says:

            dunno , good question
            suppose the heroin kinda made him zombified anyway

            rip kurt

    2. Gigi2 says:

      win the ucl so we get our name in that freakin spot.
      The fact that Chelsea won it before us still drives me mad

  5. Mick The Gooner says:

    I think we should have a real go in this group. We have world class players, a pretty solid defence and a midfield that could stand up to any.

    1. muffdiver says:

      problem with that mick dundee..is the schedule.
      games every 3 days, aggressive league, trips to mordor in the hills of outer siberia

      this is where injuries happen, an players are burned out by xmas.

      i say we pour everthing into pl, half our second string for group games- except munich

    2. skidrow95 says:

      hold on now…mick gagger,

      did you say, all our players world class?????

      my goodness, how mental are you?

      if so, how become so many fans included merson, keown, gary nashville, usmanov, henry, and so many WOBs…etc… SCREAMING FOR WAGNER to buy 2 world class players (ST & DM)????

      1. DaveJay says:

        Ah, no he did not say that.

  6. Uzi Ozil says:

    On Paper You expect Manu, Arsenal and Chelsea to qualify from their group. Mancity is an uphill task but the truth is English teams are all in a dicey group so Arsenal shouldn’t under rate their opponent tonight. Heard Bellerin and Ramsey wont be travelling with the team.. All the best boys. Ox and Debuchy make us proud.

  7. Mick The Gooner says:

    Is it true that Dinamo Zagreb haven’t lost a game in 11 months? Not exactly a top league, but that’s still a very strong showing. Wow. Perhaps we should look for any up & coming talents. This is the team that produced Modric after all.

    1. fred cowardly says:

      Yes. We should not take them for granted like we screwed up in our home game against Monaco last season. I still have nightmares over that.

      But u believe if we play our A game and everyone gives it 100% we have a good chance of getting 3 points

  8. fred cowardly says:

    I expect English clubs will perform better tonight than yesterday. I believe Arsenal and Chelsea will both win. Obviously, I hope only one of us wins (hehehe)

    Cant wait till til the match. Only a couple of hours now

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      If Chelsea lose to that team it would make for some great comedy.

  9. skidrow95 says:

    If you think you’re all AKBs so fookin genius,
    let me illustrate you my idea for simple STRONG TEAM line ups for wagner’s window to miss: 4-3-3
    ___________________Cech_____________________
    Bellerin_____(VARANE)_____Koscielny___Monreal
    _______Le Cog____Cazorla____(KONDOGBIA)___
    Oxlade_________(CAVANI)________Alexis______

    but, i guess you will say thoset 3 missed players are too expensive?
    oooh…we didn’t have money like man shitty…..
    oohh…but fans pay the highest ticket price in England…
    ahhh….crapp…

    1. Sam, need a striker says:

      Knowing Wenger, I wouldn’t be greedy and I would have settled for just a striker (Cavani or whoever in that category, but that’s over now and let’s hope for the best…

      1. skidrow95 says:

        well said mate, me just to let frustations out. thanks.

    2. Mick The Gooner says:

      Real Madrid will sell Varane to us. Ahahaha good one. And if Kondogbia was that good he would’ve gone to a better team than Inter.

    3. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      Since when did Varane become available? If he was, Chelsea would have been the first team to bid, rather than blowing money on John Stones… Plus how do you know he’s better than Gabriel?

      So Cavani was available, and still Atletico Madrid, AC Milan(teams who bought strikers) and biggest example ManUtd who were obviously looking for a striker, never bid for him and went for Martinez, Bacca, and Martial respectively…..

  10. RWRW says:

    Win is a must if we want to qualify first in our group

  11. juhislihis says:

    Damn, 5 CHANGES!

    ——— Ospina
    Debuchy – Gabriel – Koscielny – Gibbs
    ——— Arteta – Cazorla
    OX – Özil – Sanchez
    ——- Giroud

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