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UCL Preview: Galatasaray vs. Arsenal (Need a response)

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After another frustrating loss in the Barclays Premier League, Arsenal will now travel to Turkey to play their final group game of this season’s UEFA Champions League. Gunners’ chances of finishing first is very little so this match will not harm Arsenal even if they lose but knowing that they have already lost a lot of games this season and especially after that humiliating loss against Stoke at the weekend, the men in red & white needs to show that they care about the fans.

TEAM NEWS: Debuchy is back while many of the top stars will be rested for the weekend.

Arsenal fans have been divided now more than ever before and that was coming after all the disappointments. Wenger was even booed off while boarding the bus to London back from Stoke and even though that is disrespectful but the anger of the fans is completely valid as well. Wenger has only himself to blame for all this because after that FA Cup win and the PUMA deal, the fans really trusted him to take this club to the next level after 9 years of rebuilding and paying off the debts but Wenger didn’t do that. He stuck to his old, stubborn ways and that is the main reason why the fans are so angry with what’s happening with the club at the moment.

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UCL Review: Arsenal 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (15th consecutive knockout stage qualification)

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Arsenal have sealed their qualification into the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League for the 15th consecutive year after an impressive and controlled 2-0 win against the German giants Borussia Dortmund.

It was a much effective and controlled performance from the Gunners after last weekends miserable defeat at home to Manchester United. The whole team defended as a team and attacked as a unit which had been lacking from the team so far this season. Arsenal went 1-0 up in the 2nd minute of the game through a goal from the returning Yaya Sanogo and after that it was all about keeping focus and not let the other team comeback. Arsenal doubled their lead in the second half through an extraordinary goal from the man himself Alexis Sanchez. The men in red & white won the game 2-0 and cut the gap to just 2 points to Dortmund heading into the final group game against Galatasaray in Turkey.

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UCL Preview: Arsenal vs. Borussia Dortmund (All we can do is “Support”)

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All we as fans can do is “support” the team at this moment of time as after a disappointing loss to Manchester United at the weekend, it’s now time for our final home UEFA Champions League group game of the season as we prepare to host the German giants Borussia Dortmund.

TEAM NEWS: Laurent Koscielny is back in the squad while Jack Wilshere, Szczesny and Theo Walcott are out with injuries.

Most of the Arsenal fan base have lost their faith in Arsene Wenger and quite rightly so. The manager deserves all the criticism in the world and he must accept his failures and show proper respect to the fans of the club. Besides that, we as fans can’t do anything about the internal matters of the club as the board is happy with what Wenger has given them over the last decade or so. After two back to back losses in the league, the pressure is more than ever before on the shoulders of the players and the manager and with Borussia Dortmund enjoying a 100% win record in the Champions League so far, the immediate future looks very rough for the Gunners.

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UCL Preview: Arsenal vs. Anderlecht (Time to seal the qualification into the knockouts)

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After a comfortable 3-0 home win against Burnley in the Barclays Premier League, Arsenal will now look forward to confirm qualification into the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League as they welcome RSC Anderlecht to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

After the opening game loss to Dortmund, the Gunners have bounced back brilliantly against Galatasaray and Anderlecht and with those two teams struggling to get points, it’s the perfect time for Arsenal to seal the deal as far as qualification into the next round is concerned. After this they will have to face Dortmund at home and Galatasaray away so this really is a great chance for the men in red and white to give themselves some breathing space ahead of the final two group games.

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UCL Review: Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal (A last minute birthday gift for the boss)

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It was a last minute birthday gift for Arsene Wenger as his side scored twice in the the final few minutes of the game to beat Belgian side Anderlecht in a must win away UCL group game.

It was a frustrating night for the Gunners as they still can’t get into their normal rhythm and understanding. Arsenal were the clear favorites heading into the game but the Arsenal fans knew that with their side witnessing only their 2nd ever worst season under Arsene Wenger knew that Anderlecht wouldn’t get a better chance to achieve an upset and the Belgian side were on course to achieving that status when Najar scored a brilliant headed goal to give Anderlecht the lead but with just 5 minutes remaining in the game, Calum Chambers created a monumental cross which was sent home by Kieren Gibbs to make it 1-1. But, the night ended in a shocking way as despite their poor showing it was Arsenal who grabbed victory through a late Lukas Podolski winner to give the Gunners a vital away Champions League win which helped Arsenal to stay on course for qualification into the knockout rounds.

UCL Preview: Anderlecht vs. Arsenal (A must win away tie)

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After another disappointing draw in the Barclays Premier League, Arsenal will now try to right the wrongs in the third group game of the UEFA Champions League against Anderlecht.

TEAM NEWS: 1st choice keeper Szczesny is out with suspension and 2nd choice David Ospina is also out through injury.

Anderlecht are currently placed at bottom out of the 4 clubs in the group but with Arsenal struggling to get wins, they have all the chance in the world to achieve an upset but it’s necessary for the Gunners to put things right after what has been a terrible start to the 2014/2015 season. Arsenal’s top in form player right now is Alexis Sanchez and with Mesut Ozil out of the side for 3 months, the club really needs him at his best week in and week out.

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Arsenal’s Champions League Draw

So, after securing a Champions League spot for the 17th year in a row, we found out last night that the Gunners are placed in Group – D alongside Germany’s Dortmund, Turkey’s Galatasaray and Belgium’s Anderlecht. It’s important to note that the Gunners were drawn with Dortmund in the previous 2 seasons as well and it was the German club who won the group last season with Arsenal finishing second.

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UCL Review: Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas (Sanchez takes us to the Champions League)

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Arsenal have booked their place in the UEFA Champions League proper for the 17th season in a row. Massive achievement for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. But, the Gunners had to do it the hard way and this time their new big money signing Alexis Sanchez did the job by scoring the only goal which at the end proved to be the decider. 

It was a better performance from Arsenal compared to their last 3 games but the absence of Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud was clearly visible. Arsenal were lacking goalscorers and they had to remain patient which they did and after pushing for about 45 minutes, the Gunners got the lead through a good finish from new signing Alexis Sanchez. Just like Mesut Ozil last season, Alexis Sanchez too has opened his goals tally at Arsenal by scoring in the Champions League. But, Arsenal weren’t safe as one goal for Besiktas would have meant that the Gunners had to score again to get through to the main draw. It became really nervous in the final 15 minutes when Mathieu Debuchy was sent off rather unfairly by the referee who had a horrid night at the Emirates. But, like the last 3 games, Arsenal kept their focus until the last second of the game and won the game 1-0 and clinched a Champions League spot for the 17th consecutive season.

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UCL Review: Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal (Aggregate: 3-1, Gunners go out fighting)

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Gunners went out of this seasons UEFA Champions League after a 3-1 aggregate loss to the defending Champions Bayern Munich but Wenger’s men put up a brave performance in the 2nd leg and managed to achieve a 1-1 draw away at the Allianz Arena. Arsenal fans can be proud of that. 

The game started with Bayern pressing up the pitch, not allowing the Gunners to string a few passes together in the midfield but Arsenal too kept themselves defensively strong and didn’t allowed Bayern to catch them on the break or get a silly goal. Arsenal had a couple of corners but couldn’t take advantage of those as a result the score at half-time stayed at 0-0. Mesut Ozil was brought off for Rosicky in the second half after injuring his hamstring which could keep him out for at least 3 weeks which is another set-back for Arsenal Football Club. Rosicky gave Bayern a tough time and to be honest, Arsenal were far better than Bayern in the second half although they got the lead through a rare defensive mistake by the Gunners which Schweinsteiger scored. But, soon after Bayern got the lead, Arsenal made it 1-1 through a cracking left footed goal from Lukas Podolski. The Gunners had about 30 minutes to score another 2 goals which would have been enough to get through to the quarter-finals but they couldn’t find that extra gear in the final third. Bayern earned themselves a late penalty through a humiliating dive from Arjen Robben, Robben was diving in the entire match and he finally managed to catch the attention of the referee but Arsenal’s Fabianski managed to pull off a great save and managed to keep the score on the night at 1-1. Fabianski deserved that save for his top notch performance in both the legs. 

With that result, Arsenal bow out of the Champions League and they can now focus on the Premier League and the FA Cup. 

UCL Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal (Aggregate: 0-2, Just go for it)

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After booking a ticket to Wembley last weekend in the FA Cup, Arsenal will now travel to the daunting Allianz Arena in Munich to face the defending European champions Bayern Munich. The sides met last month at the Emirates and although the Gunners were on top for the opening 30 minutes but in the end the red card to Szczesny and the 1 man advantage for the Germans allowed them to win 2-0. The amount of margin is similar to last season and if Arsenal can emulate last year’s performance at the Allianz then they might push this tie into extra-time. 

Team news: Gibbs and Koscielny are doubts.

The pressure should be on Bayern as they are the defending champions and Arsenal have nothing to lose. Nobody expects them to turn this tie around so Wenger would be telling his players to just go out there and enjoy themselves and the rest will be decided by the almighty. The team are high on spirits after reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup so they can go to Bayern full of positive energy and hunger to turn things around. On the other hand, Bayern are a different outfit this season, they are more stronger and focused then last season and they will look to not repeat last years mistakes in the 2nd leg against the men in red & white. Come on you Reds!!

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