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Arsenal vs Borrussia Dortmund *champions league*   Leave a comment

Arsenal are turning the
toughest looking Champions League
group into a walk in the park so far
and they would take a huge stride
towards their customary place in the
last 16 with victory over Borussia
Dortmund on Tuesday.
“We have two very difficult games
coming up against Dortmund,” Arteta
told Arsenal`s website
(www.arsenal.com).
These two sides also
met twice in the group stages of the
Champions League in 2011 when a
Robin van Persie brace secured a
home win for the Gunners while a
stunning late equalizer from Ivan
Perisic secured one point for Dortmund in the return fixture.News on the injury front for Dortmund is not very encouraging though as the likes of Lukas Piszczek and Ilkay Gundogan will miss out with long term injury worries while the likes of Marcel Schmelzer and Sebastien Kehl are also doubtful having not fully recovered from their injuries.
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen
Klopp tips Arsenal as the favourites for the Premier League title ahead of the Champions League meeting between the two sides although this may be seen as the manager playing a mind game and setting his site on piling us pressure on the north london team.
Arsene wenger is a happy man at the moment with all things working for him. The return of last season best performer in the form of santi Carzola is a welcome development while the duo of Jack and Ramsey are doing wonderfully well with jack grabbing what has been dubbed goal of the century on saturday against Norwich.

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arsenal vs fenerbahce   Leave a comment

Arsenal got their first win in the 2013/2014 premier league season with a 3-1 win at fellow londoner fulham after the disappointing loss to Aston villa on league opening day.
England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is
expected to start against Fenerbahce after starting on the bench at craven cottage on saturday.
The Gunners look to clinch their place
in the Champions League group
stages after a resounding win in Turkey last week.
Defender Laurent Koscielny is also
available again after being suspended
for the game against the Cottagers and after recovering from the injury sustained in turkey.
Following last week’s 3-0 win in the
first leg in Istanbul, the Gunners are
in control of their tie.
Centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (back)
and midfielders Abou Diaby (knee),
Mikel Arteta (thigh) and Alex Oxlade-
Chamberlain (knee) are all definitely
out of the Emirates clash.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has
come in for criticism this season after
making just one summer signing so far
and losing 3-1 to Aston Villa on the
opening day.
And the Frenchman realises how
crucial the Fenerbahce tie is.
“It’s a very, very important tie for us,
because we want to be in the group
stage the next day,” Wenger said.
“I have big experience in the
Champions League – I have over 150
games – and I know if you want to
knock somebody out you need attitude
and commitment or you don’t do it.
That is what is at stake for us.
“That demands attitude and
commitment and desire to play the
game with full power, like we love to
do it.
“We had two good games recently, at
Fenerbahce and against Fulham, and
we want just to continue that run,
going into the game to win the game
without thinking about the result of
the first game.
“The Champions League is a fight.
Everybody wants to give his best. We
want to finish the job tomorrow. We
have a decent advantage, but we want
to get over the line.”
Right-back Carl Jenkinson, who is
hoping to keep his place in the team
that beat Fulham, says confidence in
the camp has grown in the days and
weeks since losing to Villa.
“After the first game everyone was
down and I think it was important we
responded quickly,” Jenkinson said.
“We did that against Fenerbahce and
the last couple of games have given
everyone that extra confidence that
you need and hopefully we can go on
a good strong run now.
“We need to be playing at the pinnacle
of football and that is the Champions
League. If you want to improve and
test yourself against the best players
in the world, you have to be playing in
the Champions League.
“It’s vitally important we go out there
and finish the job.”
Even if the Gunners did lose by three
goals or more, they could stay in the
tournament – subject to a Court of
Arbitration in Sport decision on
Wednesday.
The Turkish side were banned for
two years from European
competition in June over match-
fixing allegations but were
reinstated while an appeal is
heard, the result of which will be
declared the day after the match.
All the best!!!

Posted August 26, 2013 by arsenalwonder in Uncategorized

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fenerbahce vs arsenal   Leave a comment

Arsene wenger’s men will be travelling to turkey after the shocking loss to Aston villa in the premier league curtain raiser at the emirate on saturday.
Fenerbahce SK will be looking to end
Arsenal FC’s long run of seasons in
the UEFA Champions League when the
sides meet in the first leg of their
play-off in Istanbul:
1997/98 campaign was the last
time Arsenal did not feature in
Europe’s elite club competition but to
secure a 16th consecutive campaign,
they must get past a side
fresh from a 4-2 aggregate triumph
over FC Salzburg in the third
qualifying round.

• Arsenal were 5-2 winners when
they last visited the Sükrü Saraçoglu
Stadium in the 2008/09 UEFA
Champions League group stage – a
result that ended Fenerbahçe’s 15-
match unbeaten home run in Europe.
• Luis Aragonés’s Fenerbahçe
restored some pride in the return
fixture a fortnight later by earning a
goalless draw.
• Arsenal also got the better of a
Fenerbahçe team coached by Ersoy
Sükrü in the first round of the
1979/80 European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Terry Neill’s side – who went on to
reach the final – won 2-0 at home
through Alan Sunderland (30) and
Willie Young (87) before a goalless
draw in Istanbul.
Match background
• League runners-up in Turkey last
term, Fenerbahçe are bidding to
return to the group stage for the first
time since that 2008/09 campaign.
They missed out on a sixth
appearance 12 months ago, suffering
a play-off defeat by FC Spartak
Moskva, but instead reached their
first ever European semi-final in the
UEFA Europa League before losing to
SL Benfica.
• In seven home games in last
season’s UEFA Europa League,
Fenerbahçe posted four wins, two
draws and just one defeat.
• Fenerbahçe came up against
Premier League opposition in the
2007/08 UEFA Champions League
quarter-finals, beating Chelsea FC
2-1 at home but losing 2-0 in the
second leg in London. Their overall
home record against English sides is
W3 D1 L3.
• Fenerbahçe’s only two-legged win
against an English team was a 2-1
aggregate success against
Manchester City FC in the 1968/69
European Champion Clubs’ Cup first
round.
• Fourth in the English Premier
League last term, Arsenal have a
100% record in UEFA Champions
League qualifiers, winning both legs
as they overcame each of NK Dinamo
Zagreb (2006/07, agg 5-1), AC Sparta
Praha (2007/08, agg 5-0), FC Twente
(2008/09, agg 6-0), Celtic FC (2009/10,
agg 5-1) and Udinese Calcio (2011/12,
agg 3-1).
All eyes will be on arsenal as to who and who will be selected to play as we are short in all departments apart from attack and goal keeping.
Will a thin Arsenal squad get a win over fenerbahce only time will tell.

Posted August 18, 2013 by arsenalwonder in Uncategorized

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Arsenal vs Bayern Munich   1 comment

Arsenal host bundesliga leader Bayern munich in the round of 16 of the champions league.
The gunners who have lost all but one trophy chance were dejected as they lost to championship side Blackburn rovers in the FA CUP on saturday.
Arsene will be hoping that his team will put the FA CUP defeat behind them as they are looking to add european topmost price to wenger’s cv. European trophies has eluded Arsene being losing finalist on a number of occasion. He lost the 2006 uefa champions league to Barcelona and 1999 uefa cup final to Galatasaray on penalties.

Posted February 17, 2013 by arsenalwonder in Uncategorized

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Arsenal vs schalke   Leave a comment

MATCH FACTS
* the last visit of the german outfit to arsenal was at highbury where they lost 3-2 in the 2001/02 season.
*arsenal have only lost two out of their last fourty three champions league matches at home since 2003. The two defeat were against english teams.
*schalke have only won one out of their last eight games against english opposition. Their only victory was the 3-1 over arsenal in september 2001.
*schalke have failed to score in their last four games against english opposition.

Posted October 23, 2012 by arsenalwonder in arsenal

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Arsenal will be visiting Etihad stadium this sunday after a series of consecutive victories – 3 in all competition, 2 of which was in the premier league.
This kind of confidence is very crucial for a game of this importance.
Manchester city have only one win in their last three games, others being a draw and a loss at the Bernabeu in the champions league.
Lack of win in their last 2 fixture make this game crucial for Mancini, after seeing his side loose to madrid after leading 2 – 1.
Sergio Aguero who was the deciding factor in this fixture last season is expected to be back in the line up.
Mannone will continue in goal for Arsenal, while kos may get the nod ahead of mertezacker. Ramsey may start in the midfield alongside Arteta and Carzola. Podolski, Gervinho and Giroud as the forward line.
Arsenal needs to be clinical in front of goal to have a good chance of winning. Everybody must help the defence out.
The two teams are tie on point which makes the game very crucial.
Looking forward to a great game tomorrow.
A win please, let us gun the down!
2-1 to the gunners, so that we make it 4win in the last 4 games.

Posted September 22, 2012 by arsenalwonder in arsenal, Uncategorized

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Arsenal will be visiting Etihad stadium this sunday after a series of consecutive victories – 3 in all competition, 2 of which was in the premier league.
This kind of confidence is very crucial for a game of this importance.
Manchester city have only one win in their last three games, others being a draw and a loss at the Bernabeu in the champions league.
Lack of win in their last 2 fixture make this game crucial for Mancini, after seeing his side loose to madrid after leading 2 – 1.
Sergio Aguero who was the deciding factor in this fixture last season is expected to be back in the line up.
Mannone will continue in goal for Arsenal, while kos may get the nod ahead of mertezacker. Ramsey may start in the midfield alongside Arteta and Carzola. Podolski, Gervinho and Giroud as the forward line.
Arsenal needs to be clinical in front of goal to have a good chance of winning. Everybody must help the defence out.
The two teams are tie on point which makes the game very crucial.
Looking forward to a great game tomorrow.
A win please, let us gun the down!
2-1 to the gunners, so that we make it 4win in the last 4 games.

Posted September 22, 2012 by arsenalwonder in Uncategorized

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