Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Wilshere's finger -Spurs' small club mentality -Ox and Jenks talk CL draw

Morning Gooners.

This is not something you'll often read on an Arsenal blog, but I have to admit feeling sorry for Andre Villas-Boas. After leading those lot last season to fifth position, having been forced into selling his best player for £100m and then having that money reinvested for him on players he may or may not have wanted, he was given just three and a bit months to make a team gel.

Clearly playing Thursdays and Sundays doesn't help. Those are the breaks of having to play in the Europa League. But it gives you precious little time on the training ground to work with your squad. And as Arsene Wenger pointed out in the summer, signing more than three players can sometimes destabilise a squad.

So Spurs do what they're good at. Give a manager, or as they like to phase it 'head coach', little time to do a job and then sack him. It doesn't matter that he has the best win percentage of all your managers in recent history. He's clearly not good enough.

Football is a fickle world and there is no doubt that Spurs are a small time club with no loyalty. I think AVB would have been able to turn things around. But he wasn't given a chance. The next Spurs manager will be the 11th during Arsene Wenger's reign at Arsenal. Imagine if they stuck by someone.

Anyway, on to more important things. Arsenal's Champions League opponents for the last 16 were drawn out of the hat. And once again it was Bayern Munich.

Carl Jenkinson told talkSPORT:

"It was a strange one [the draw] because you look at Bayern Munich and they’re a fantastic team. In that sense you’re thinking it could have been easier but at the same time we know we can beat them. We proved it last season.
"Beating Bayern Munich 2-0 in their home ground doesn’t happen very often. We know we have the capability to beat them so I’m sure the boys are positive about the draw.
"I’m excited about it personally. If you want to be the best you’ve got to beat them and Bayern are definitely one of the best teams. It will be a great game for the neutral as well."

Last season we only went out to them in the end on the away goals rule. Winning 2-0 in Munich kick started our charge for fourth spot and that form has continued into this season. There should be huge belief in the team that we can get a result from this tie. They aren't unbeatable.

Clearly the fans have a huge part to play when we face them at the Grove.

As Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain told the official website Arsenal.com
"Obviously the big teams create the bigger atmosphere around the stadiums. 
"I remember before I came to Arsenal I was at the Barcelona game at the Emirates and I just remember the atmosphere there was unbelievable, so when the big teams do come into town it does create a massive buzz."
The fixture schedule around February and March does look difficult. But if we get into a good run there is no reason why we can't push on in both the league and the Champions League. Plus we've also got the FA Cup.

Jack Wilshere will find out today whether he faces any action after giving Manchester City fans the finger. No doubt he'll be banned for at least one game.

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