Rio or Wenger right about Arsenal’s Champions League chances?

As Arsenal fans gear up for the first Champions League match of the new season, and one which could prove to be decisive about which club finishes on top of group A, we are all hoping that this season sees the Gunners make a proper fist of it rather than going out in the first knockout phase.

That has been our fate in the last six years but will Arsenal do better this time? There are two very different opinions on this from Arsene Wenger and the former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand. That is hardly a surprise to be honest but the fact they both use the same examples to back up their different theories is a bit odd.

The Mirror reports Wenger claiming that the additions of Granit Xhaka, Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi during the summer transfer window have added the experience and extra quality that Arsenal need to compete in the competition.

The Frenchman said, “I was used to playing with my younger squads when you build a stadium because you don’t have the resources. Now I have a team with more experienced players.

“The squad is between 24 and 30, basically. That’s where you have a good combination of physical strength and experience. But we want to keep giving chances to young players and get the mixture right.

“I would say it’s the most mature squad I’ve had for a long time, because they are men. Certainly I haven’t had a squad of players [like this] for a long time, who have enough experience to compete.”

Ferdinand, however, claims in the Evening Standard that Wenger’s signings have not helped our chances in Europe at all.

He reckons that we have not signed the right type of player and that we still lack the leaders and the players with character on the lines of Vieira, Campbell and Henry that you need to go all the way and win the big trophies. For me the jury is out and the summer signings need time to show their worth.

How can Rio say they are not the right players when they have not even played for us in Europe yet? But do you think he might have a point?


Tags Ferdinand Mustafi Perez Xhaka


  1. Vlad says:

    All these ex-players turned pundits make me laugh… bunch of muppets, and Rio is up there.

    1. mohawk says:

      Exactly. If these fellas were really experts they would all agree, and the don’t. And even when many do agree, they are often still wrong.

      They not only have their own opinions, but each pundit has his own agenda and motivation behind the opinion. Usually this involves creating controversy, not finding reality.

      Ex-players are the last people I trust on some of this stuff.

  2. G-Rude says:

    Rio just followed the money. He’s a mercenary not a Gooner.

  3. Wilshegz says:

    all I think we lack is a lethal striker and if Perez delivers as promised we okay

  4. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Leaked team news for tonight’s game:

    Mohamed Bouhafsi 
    Giroud won’t start tonight. Alexis will start as CF ! #PSGARS
    7:12 PM – 13 Sep 2016

    Get French Football @GFFN
    The journalist responsible for the Giroud story has close links with the player & is very reliable.
    7:24 PM – 13 Sep 2016

    If this news is true then it sounds as if it got leaked from an unhappy Giroud.

    1. Admin says:

      Now we know why Arsenal have 10 midfielders!

  5. tweety says:

    should the team click as a team and not individually, we have the plasyers to advance. hope the players will not try to dribble too much. – always a gooner

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      “I thought I saw a pussycat” ? Hey tweety! .. Stfu ??

      1. Admin says:

        Hey FB…. Stop dribbling !!!

        1. Fatboy Gooney says:

          Hahaha mmmm KFC! ?

  6. Twig says:

    Yep, just like I thought. It’s Ospina not Cech that’s starting tonight.

  7. galen says:

    Team news is just s joke. Hope we win. iwobi and ox ? Really ospina ????? God help us . What is wenger thinking good luck boys. U will need it

  8. TH14atl says:

    Hector, LK6, Mustafi, Nacho — all good
    Santi, Le Coq — is fine, but why no Xhaka? He not ready for this stage yet?
    Mesut — duh, but please play better than Saturday
    OX & Iwobi — how in the world does Ox keep his place? Theo doesn’t make the 18, ouch.
    Alexis — likely to get bullied by Thiago Silva and Marquinhos unless he drifts all over the place.

    Why not sit ox, move alexis wide, and bring in Giroud or Perez? I’m so confused by arsene right now.

  9. edwardozil says:

    Was watching PSG Vs Arsenal U19..the commentator labelled Bilik as young Tony Adams…the boy played well ..he is the future

  10. McGUNNER says:

    Sanchez up front is a joke we have 2 real cf’s that can play tonight but good ole wenger puts a winger in the forward position. Makes me blood boil

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