Arsenal lost 2-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund today in the Champions League, a result that leaves Arsenal, Dortmund and Napoli all on six points after three games. From listening to fans on the radio and in Twitter you would think that Arsenal have been knocked out of the Champions League. That is not the case.
Assuming that Arsenal beat Marseille, the Gunners will have to pick up at least a point in Germany or Italy. Neither trips will be easy and it might well come down to that trip to Naples mid-December that determines what position Arsenal finish the group in.
But when the draw was made that was what we expected. We knew that Arsenal would have to get something away to Dortmund and Napoli and that is still true.
As for the game I thought for the first time since he got injured that Arsenal missed Theo Walcott’s speed, especially out wide. Having to play Ozil out wide, just makes him less effective.
When Theo comes back I wonder what Arsene Wenger will view as his strongest starting XI? Tonight Flamini was out and Cazorla started on the bench as Wenger went with Arteta in the midfield, who played really well.
But assuming that Flamini, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski and AOC are all fit, what five do you start (assuming Giroud is up front)?
It was obvious today that Arsenal need some sort of wide threat, whether that is Walcott or AOC. I don’t think there is enough room for both of them though.
That leaves a the Number 10 role (Ozil) and a left sided attacker (Cazorla?). If that is the case then Flamini, Ramsey and Wilshere are battling for two of the three midfield positions.
It’s a nice problem to have on one hand, but on the other, Wenger at some point will need to come up with a settled line-up. I just wonder what that will look like?
What do you think of the game tonight and how the Champions League is looking? Will Arsenal still go through to the knockout stages?