The relief written on the face of every gooner on the Milky Way is noticeable. Their darling team, Arsenal has qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA champions League thanks to a 2-0 win over French champions, Montpellier on Matchday 5 at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger will surely be the most relieved as he tinkers his way to securing a trophy for the red half of North London after a 7 year drought. All result went his way as Schalke 04 defeated Olympiacos 1-0 to dim the Greek champions to Europa League.
Wilshere’s flick, Podolski’s volley, both from an Oliver Giroud assist was all the gunners needed. A clean sheet by Szczensy and his defense line was something we have not seen in long time. The tenacity from Koscienly couldn’t be overlooked.
So, we are second in our group, a point behind leaders Schalke 04 who have a better head-to-head record over us. We need to overtake them in matchday 6 to avoid the stronger teams, or better still, have a more comfortable second round.
We must win at Olympiacos, a feat we haven’t achieved in a long time, and pray that Montpellier don’t lose to Schalke 04. Don’t be surprised if Wenger decides to use the fringe players and the youth team.
Back to the Premier League, we face Aston Villa who were trounced 5-0 by City. Buoyed by our 5-2 triumph over spurs and the return of Gibbs and Gervinho, we must win this tie at Villa Park. The team has conceded an average 0.75 goals with Gibbs and 2.25 goals without him.
Walcott is out but a win will push us up more. Fear not Benitez won’t do a miracle in Chelsea. We would catch and overtake them. Let’s just focus on our games.
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