Wenger confident of upsetting Bayern Munich in the Champions League

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident that his team will be able to progress beyond the last 16 stage of the Champions League this season. The former Premier League champions have been knocked out at this stage of Europe’s most prestigious club competition for the last six seasons.

Such a poor success rate might be enough to discourage most managers, but a philosophical Wenger is confident that Arsenal will be able to upstage former European champions Bayern Munich and advance to the quarter-finals this season. Continue reading

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

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

Wenger doesn’t want fans or players to get carried away by latest win

Arsenal have now won 7 games in a row in all competitions, but Manager Arsene Wenger is desperately keen that his players and the fans don’t get too carried away with the Gunners’ strong start to the season despite Arsenal’s 6-0 thrashing of Bulgarian Champions Ludogorets on Wednesday night.

A first ever career hat-trick from Mesut Ozil was just one of the highlights of a clinical Arsenal performance, which included some very good individual goals as well. Continue reading

Arsenal vs Ludogorets: Team Sheets

Teams:

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs, Cazorla, Coquelin, Walcott, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez.

Subs: Cech, Gabriel, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Iwobi, Perez.

Ludogorets: Stoyanov, Moti, Minev, Palomino, Natanael, Wanderson, Anicet, Dyakov, Misidjan, Marcelinho, Jonathan Cafu

Subs: Borjan, Cicinho, Sasha, Quixada, Keseru, Plastun, Lukoki

Wasteful PSG let Arsenal off the hook

Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani wasted at least three clear chances as Paris Saint-Germain were held to a 1-1 draw by English football club Arsenal in their Champions League Group A opener in Paris.

Just 44 seconds into the match at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, the Uruguayan striker scored the very first goal of this season’s Champions League, heading in a cross from Serge Aurier who was picked out by Angel Di Maria’s long pass. Continue reading

Laurent Koscielny: “It’s a good point”

Arsenal defender and captain for the night Laurent Koscielny said he was delighted to see his side leave Paris with a point, especially considering the way the Gunners started their match against PSG, conceding a goal inside the opening minute.

Arsenal had goalkeeper David Ospina to thank as the Colombian international produced a man of the match display to single-handedly keep Arsenal in the game for long periods. Continue reading

Ospina, Sanchez help Arsenal steal draw at PSG

A fantastic performance in goal from David Ospina earned Arsenal a barely deserved point on their away trip to the Parc des Princes as Paris St. Germain failed to bury chance after chance, while the Gunners took theirs on the back of a much improved second half showing.

The inclusion of David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech in the Champions League starting eleven once again this season raised many an eyebrow among Arsenal fans before the game, but the Colombian international paid back the faith Manager Arsene Wenger showed in him and then some as he pulled off some outstanding saves to keep Paris St. Germain and striker Edinson Cavani in particular at bay. Continue reading