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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 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 Review: Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht (Hopeless team, same old story)

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Arsenal threw away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 against the bottom club in the group Anderlecht at the Emirates. The Gunners now have no chance of winning the group with Dortmund maintaining a 100% winning record in their group games so far.

For an hour, Arsenal were on top with Arteta, Sanchez and Oxlade- Chamberlain scoring goals to give the Gunners a comfortable 3-0 lead. It looked like Arsenal have turned a corner and are on a high right now but after the third goal, things went terribly wrong as Arteta’s hamstring injury forced Wenger to make changes and as soon as his replacement Flamini entered the pitch, the whole complexion of the game changed in favor of Anderlecht. Although their first goal was a clear offside goal, The men in red & white should have kept their focus and hold on to their lead but they couldn’t do that. It’s embarrassing because they threw away a 3-0 lead against the bottom club in the group that too at home. Arsenal were lucky to get that miraculous last minute comeback win over the Belgian side in their backyard but Anderlecht took their revenge somewhat as they ended the little chance Arsenal had to win the group and improve on previous seasons results in the Champions League but once again it looks like that Arsenal will follow the trend of previous years and finish as runners up and face a heavyweight side in the knockout round.

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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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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UCL Review: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal (Poor poor Arsenal, POOR, POOR)

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No improvements were visible as Arsenal once again got humiliated, dominated and outclassed away from home against once of the big clubs in Europe. The Gunners were totally destroyed from the first second to the last. We started the match on the back foot and we were like that till the very end of the game. Arsenal were lucky to concede no goals in the opening 40 minutes thanks to bad finishing from some of the Dortmund players but right at the edge of half-time, their new signing Immobile gave them a very well deserved 1-0 lead. 

The second half started just like the first one and this time Dortmund were able to finish their chance immediately as the blistering pace of Aubameyang was able to get pass the Arsenal midfield and defense and scored on the counter attack. From there on, Arsenal had no chances to make a comeback, the few opportunities they had were squandered by Danny Welbeck which shows that he is not a clinical finisher and the Gunners still lacks ruthlessness in front of goal. Debuchy’s absence and Chambers illness meant that Arsenal had to give one of their academy players a first team debut and that unlucky fellow was Hector Bellerin. It proved that Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to buy another defender in the transfer window was costing his side big time. Bellerin was totally outclassed and outnumbered by the Dortmund players. I feel sorry for the lad as it was very unfair for him to make his debut against a big side like  Dortmund that too away from home. At the end, Arsenal lost the game 2-0 and got off to a losing start to their UEFA Champions League group stage campaign.

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UCL Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs. Arsenal (Let the Champions League begin)

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The biggest club competition starts with Arsenal traveling to an all familiar ground i.e the home of Borussia Dortmund (Signal Iduna Park). The Gunners had met the German club in the previous two group stages of the competition with Arsenal finishing second behind Dortmund in last seasons campaign.

TEAM NEWS: Nacho Monreal hasn’t traveled with a back injury while Debuchy is out for a long time. Chambers will be assessed before the match.

After last weekend’s disappointing 2-2 draw against Manchester City, it’s time for Arsenal to clinch a victory but that is a major doubt with them having to travel to a daunting ground against one of the most dangerous teams in Europe at the moment i.e Dortmund. Arsenal managed to grab a late victory at Dortmund last season but Dortmund came back and took their revenge at Emirates Stadium which propelled them to finish above the Gunners in the final group standings. Having said that, it’s a new season and the Gunners are equipped with better players than last season and we hope that players like Sanchez and Welbeck will help the men in red and white to clinch another victory against the German side.

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