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UCL Review: Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal (A perfect response)

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It was a perfect response to last weekends demoralizing defeat to Stoke City as Arsenal ended their UEFA Champions League group stage campaign with a 4-1 win over Galatasaray in Turkey. This victory helped the Gunners to finish level on points with Dortmund although the German side won the group on goal difference.

It was a great night for both Lukas Podolski and Aaron Ramsey as they both scored a brace each. Podolski’s 2nd minute left footed strike was bettered by Ramsey’s long range left footed screamer. Ramsey’s goal was probably the best goal of the season so far and it was a treat to watch that goal.

Arsene Wenger must be very relieved after seeing his team respond in such a grand fashion. It’s just about keeping this spirit together from now onward and move forward.

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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 4-1 Galatasaray (Welbeck is that guy)

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Danny Welbeck is that guy as he finally announces himself as an Arsenal player by scoring his 1st career hat-trick against Galatasaray to take Arsenal to second place in the group behind Dortmund.

It was Arsene Wenger’s 18th anniversary as the Arsenal boss and his players gave him a great anniversary gift and Wenger’s new purchases Welbeck and Sanchez proved their worth. It was a night Danny Welbeck will never forget. Sanchez’s picture perfect pass sent Welbeck through and he finished it showing his pure striking instincts to give the Gunners the lead. 8 minutes later, Welbeck made it 2-0 all by himself through his strength and stylishly sent the ball into the net. At the edge of half-time, Mesut Ozil sent Sanchez through on goal and just like Welbeck’s 2nd, Alexis Sanchez scored to give Arsenal a 3-0 lead at half-time. The second half started just like the 1st with Arsenal going forward and this time it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who did the providing job as his precision pass reached Welbeck and Danny completed his hat-trick through scoring a beautiful chipped goal to make it 4-0. After that, Galatasaray pushed themselves to at least get a consolation goal which they did when Szczesny’s rushed clearance earned him a red card and Yilmaz scored to make it 4-1. Emergency goalkeeper, David Ospina showed his qualities once he came on for Szczesny and made few brilliant saves to keep the score at 4-1. Arsenal won the game 4-1 and goes up to the second place in the group table with 4 games left to play.

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UCL Preview: Arsenal vs. Galatasaray (Gunners must win despite the injuries)

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Arsenal are in the midst of an injury crisis as they prepare to host Galatasaray in their 1st home Champions League group game of the new campaign. Last weekend against Tottenham, Arsenal lost 2 of their regular first team players through injury.

TEAM NEWS: Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby are out while Jack Wilshere is fit and available. Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry are set to return to training from next week.

Arsenal still haven’t found that winning formula yet as although they have been unbeaten in the league, they have only been able to win 2 of their first 6 games while they have started their Champions League campaign with a disappointing loss away at Dortmund. So, this is now a must win game for the men in red & white because to qualify to the knockout rounds, it’s necessary that a team does well at home. On the other hand, Galatasaray have kicked off their campaign with a draw so they will look to get another draw. With injuries to key players like Arteta and Ramsey, Arsenal have a huge task ahead of them. The Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger must change his tactics to make the team play swiftly and quickly as so far his new 4-1-4-1 formation hasn’t proved much fruitful to the side in terms of results. 

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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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Not so great Emirates Cup…

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Yes folks, after a successful Asia Tour, it was not a great welcome back to the Gunners in London as they failed to win the Emirates Cup. Even worse is the fact that they had finished joint bottom in the two day cup tournament. 

Arsenal managed to draw their first game against Napoli. We were pretty poor in the first half where our defensive errors helped Napoli to score twice before half-time. In the second half, we stepped up our game and thanks to Giroud’s over-head kick goal and Koscielny’s header, we managed to fight for another day with that 2-2 draw against last season’s Serie A runner-up. In the second game, it was the opposite. In this we were stronger from the get go but we couldn’t create enough. Our new signing Yaya Sonogo looked impressive but understandably was a bit nervous playing for the first time at a stadium like the Emirates. We managed to take a goal through a bizarre Theo Walcott goal from far away left. But, we dropped physically in the second half and were punished as Didier Drogba who has always been our conqueror ever since his Chelsea days scored a couple of back to back goals to clinch the Emirates Cup for his new club, Turkish league champions Galatasaray.

Although, we were not able to win this pre-season friendly tournament, it gave us a chance to look at our weaknesses which we can still rectify before the new season kick’s off in 11 days time. The Gunners now have just 1 pre-season game left to play and that is against fellow Premier League outfit Manchester City on August 10th, 2013.