Arsenal’s possible Champions League opponents… and who the fans want!

Arsenal can face 6 possible teams in the Round of 16 in the Champions League. They are Portuguese giants – Benfica and FC Porto, German sides – Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, and Spanish sides – Real Madrid and Sevilla.

Despite finishing top of Group A, it appears that there are no easy matches in Arsenal’s future in the Champions League, especially considering the way the groups have turned out this season. Continue reading

Alex Iwobi: “It’s felt like a long time coming”

Arsenal attacker Alex Iwobi scored his first ever Champions League goal, benefiting from a sublime pass by creator in chief Mesut Ozil, before sliding the ball past Tomáš Vaclík to complete a 4-1 rout for the Gunners against FC Basel on Tuesday night.

Iwobi was quick to pay tribute to his senior teammate, saying, “It’s been a good night. I wouldn’t say my goal was a cracker but it was a great assist by Mesut.” Continue reading

Arsene Wenger hopeful of getting a better draw in the Champions League

After years of mediocre outings in the Champions League, Arsenal are finally looking like one of the more fearful sides in Europe this season, as the Gunners finished the Group Stage of the competition unbeaten and at the Top of Group A, thanks in large part to Bulgarian Champions Ludogorets, who did Arsenal a huge favour by holding Paris St. Germain to a draw in Paris, and also came within a few minutes of beating their much more fancied opponents.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reflected on what that means for his Arsenal side in his post match interview today, sharing, ” I thought Ludogorets were a good side – they made a great result that helps us top the group, which was what we wanted.” Continue reading

Perez hat-trick sends Arsenal top of Champions League Group

An excellent day for Arsenal in the Champions League began with the Gunners in second place in Group A, almost looking destined to finish behind Paris St. Germain, but finished with another Arsenal forward grabbing a hat-trick and the Gunners topping their Group, whilst also finishing the Group Stage unbeaten… an excellent omen considering the last time accomplished that feat they made it all the way to the final of the competition.

A rare start for summer signing Lucas Perez saw the Spanish striker redeem the faith shown in him by grabbing a hat-trick, including two tap-in goals, the mark of a true striker of knowing where to be at the right time. Continue reading

Arsene Wenger: “We didn’t panic”

Mesut Özil’s stunning late winner helped Arsenal recover from conceding two early goals against Ludogorets here to triumph 3-2 and reach the pre-quarterfinal stage for the 17th Champions League football season in succession.

Arsenal, who had thrashed the Bulgarian champions last month 6-0 in London, on Tuesday night struggled initially. They conceded two goals inside the first 15 minutes at the Vasil Levski National Stadium. Continue reading

Wenger: “The great players make the right decisions”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was exuberant in his praise for German superstar Mesut Ozil after the 28 year old playmaker followed up his hat-trick against Ludogorets in the Champions League by also grabbing an 88th minute match winner in Bulgaria.

Wenger said about Ozil after the game, “The great players make the right decisions in the game situations they face. They always make the optimal solution. To me it didn’t look for a while like the optimal solution, but when the ball was in the net I thought it was! You wanted him to take maybe his chance earlier but at the end he had enough skill to prove that he was right.” Continue reading

Wenger rubbishes talk of not wanting to put in full effort

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was quick to rubbish talk in the press that the Gunners turned up in Bulgaria last night expecting to win without putting in much effort.

Two early goals from Ludogorets had put Arsenal on the backfoot, but the Gunners showed fantastic character and desire to bounce back and win 3-2 in Sofia. Continue reading

Ozil wins it at the death for Arsenal against Ludogorets

A fantastic late goal from Mesut Ozil where he chipped the ball over Ludogorets goalkeeper Borjan before leaving two defenders on their backsides and passing the ball into the back of the net earned Arsenal a fantastic 3-2 win over the Bulgarian champions in Sofia, thereby sealing the Gunners’ place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal, who had made 5 changes to their starting eleven for this game, fell 2-0 behind in the opening 15 minutes as goals from Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Keseru had made the most of some ordinary Arsenal defending and put the hosts very much in the driver’s seat in front of a packed house. Continue reading