Arsenal & Chelsea Can Only Make It Three Out Of Four

Posted: November 4, 2015 in Champions League, European Football, Football, Opinion
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Poor old Arsene Wenger. Nobody loves him, except the Arsenal fans.

Even the Welsh national team conspired against him. Aaron Ramsey suffered a delayed injury whilst playing for Wales against Andorra. Nobody really noticed until he had played ninety minutes against Watford, then another seventy against Bayern Munich then crack!! the injury he definitely suffered whilst playing for Wales two games previously, suddenly kicked in. Why oh why didn’t that nasty Chris Coleman tell Arsene Wenger all about it?

The fact that Gareth Bale was also injured in the same match for Wales almost threatened another panic attack for Arsene until he realised that Bale doesn’t play for Arsenal.

So to the game against Bayern which Arsenal needed to take something from if they were to, realistically, have a chance of progressing to the knockout stage. All they ended up taking from it was the realisation that they had met Bayern on an off night at the Emirates two weeks previously.

Unlike in the game at the Emirates, Arsenal were soon a goal down. Defenders deciding to come out as the ball went into the box left Robert Lewandowski unmarked to head home the first. This is a defence who have only conceded eight goals in the Premier league so far this season, a feat they haven’t achieved by trying to play silly offsides such as this one.

David Alaba, the left back went on a stroll through the midfield which the Arsenal players decided to vacate, before letting fly from twenty yards to beat Petr Cech, who was too far off his line. This was the goal of the game.

Arjen Robben scored forty eight seconds after coming on, fresh from his audition for “Men in Tights”. Apparently, he didn’t get the part.

Bayern’s other two goals were scored by Thomas Muller, who is actually making me think he might be a good buy for Manchester United if Bayern would only let him go, but not for £70 million.

Strangely, Arsenal’s best spell of the match came after they took off Joel Campbell and put on Kieran Gibbs. Replacing a forward with a defender doesn’t usually increase the attacking threat but, in this case, it did.

Anyway, they scored a consolation goal courtesy of Olivier Giroud so the score of 5-1 for Bayern looked ever so slightly more respectable.

Arsenal now have to beat Zagreb and Olympiacos and hope. It doesn’t look good as the Greeks only need one point from their remaining two games.

Poor old Jose Mourinho. Nobody loves him, except the Chelsea fans and Jose Mourinho.

In a similar situation to Arsenal, but with a potentially much easier game, Chelsea really needed to beat Dynamo Kyiv, which they really did manage to do.

An early shot of Andriy Shevchenko gave the impression that either the match was so boring that he had fallen asleep, or, as was actually the case, the match was so boring that he was texting Roman Abramovich to remind him he was on site and available.

Without ever really playing that well, Chelsea got the morale boosting advantage of an early goal. Willian putting in an inviting cross for Dragovic to head home. Unfortunately for Dynamo Kyiv, Dragovic plays for them, so they weren’t too pleased with his effort, stunning though it was.

He made up for his error by scoring at the right end, which meant that Chelsea had a nervy time until Willian, their best player this season, scored a peach of a free kick.

With this win Chelsea rose, phoenix-like, to second place in the table and now have a real chance of qualifying for the next stage, unlike Arsenal. A fact which will, no doubt, sadden Jose Mourinho and Chris Coleman, who both think that Arsene Wenger is a splendid chap.

So, after two Champions League evenings, some pride has been restored by the English clubs winning three out of the four games.

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Comments
  1. U know, i really thought we had turned the corner when we played such an incredible defensive game at the Emirates and won. We rode our luck, but we won.
    For the first time in Europe, we defended as a team and beat the big gun. I thought Wenger had found a template that could be used in the CL.

    But then here it was the same old Spineless Arsenal performance, we are used to seeing.
    The problem is our 2nd team players are so way below our first 11 in terms of quality.

    Also while some players get flogged (Sanchez, Ozil) every game, others remain in the bench and hardly get a game.

    How do you expect replacements to suddenly play in a set system? Its just impossible.

    The entire squad is never utilized in an effective manner thus we see these inconsistent performances, once 1 or 2 players get injured.

    The replacements just dont have the games, behind them to be effective in our system or just lack confidence after being cast aside for months.

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