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Arsenal v Barcelona Champions League preview and Live stream

Arsenal v Barcelona Champions League preview and Live stream

Alexis Sanchez against Barcelona

It’s a big game for…

Alexis Sanchez: The Chilean has been outstanding for Arsenal since leaving the Camp Nou in July 2014, scoring 35 goals for the Gunners, and it is the first time he will face his former club, Barcelona. The 27-year-old has netted three times in the Champions League this season, despite only recently returning from a hamstring injury he suffered in November.

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Best stat…

4: Barcelona have won four of their seven meetings with Arsenal, which have all come in the Champions League. The Catalans have only lost once to the Gunners – a 2-1 defeat when they last met at the Emirates in 2011.

Remember when…

Lionel Messi scored four goals against Arsenal in the 2009/10 Champions League campaign, as Barcelona progressed to the semi-finals.

Player to watch…

Luis Suarez: The former Liverpool striker returns to England for the second time since joining Barcelona on a rich run of form – having scored 15 goals in nine games in all competitions. With five goals in the Champions League to date, the Uruguayan has been the most prolific of his Barcelona team-mates. Suarez knows Arsenal well, from his time with Liverpool, and will look to capitalise on that in the first leg.

Past three-meetings…

Barcelona 3 (Messi 2, Xavi) Arsenal 1 (Busquets OG), Champions League, March 2011

Arsenal 2 (van Persie, Arshavin) Barcelona 1 (Villa), Champions League, February 2011

Barcelona 4 (Messi 4) Arsenal 1 (Bendtner), Champions League, April 2010

Why Drawing Barcelona Could Be Good News For Arsenal

Why Drawing Barcelona Could Be Good News For Arsenal

Arsenal v Barcelona draw
When Barcelona were pulled out of the hat after Arsenal in today’s Champions League draw, this picture pretty much summed up most of their fans’ immediate reaction…

Firstly, this could be the best chance Arsene Wenger’s side have had of winning the Premier League since they last lifted the trophy in 2004. Everyone is slipping up at the moment, and although they haven’t looked flawless themselves, they are currently top of the table, at least until Leicester play Chelsea tonight.

In terms of what it does for their league chances, drawing Barcelona actually creates a win-win situation for the North Londoners.

Let’s say the conclusion to the two-legged tie is what most people expect it to be – a comfortable win for the best team in the world. Arsenal will be out of the competition without losing any great amount of pride, and Wenger can simply focus all his attention on the title race. There’ll be less of a chance of picking up anymore crucial injuries, and fewer fixtures to consider for the man-in-charge when it comes to planning tactics.

That might just give Arsenal the edge they need in what looks like being a very open race for top spot.

If we were to flip things round and say, hypothetically, that they managed to pull off a miraculous victory over Luis Enrique’s side, could there be a better boost of confidence for the squad? I doubt it. This would give them the belief that they could beat anyone and everyone, and if they can overcome a team as good as Barcelona, there’s no reason why they can’t challenge for both the league and Champions League.

Personally, I can’t see them outscoring Barca, but you’ve got to beat the best to be the best, so if they’re not good enough to win the tournament they may as well go out now and concentrate on achievements that are realistic.

So, Arsenal fans, stop mourning your bad luck and see it as an opportunity to pull off something special, and if it doesn’t work out, there’s still plenty more in this season for you.

Keep the faith, Arsenal

Keep the faith, Arsenal !

Olympiakos v arsenal live stream
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It’s judgement week for Arsenal in the Champions League. With the Gunners’ hopes hanging by a thread, Arsene Wenger’s men need a two-goal victory at Olympiakos to seal a last 16 spot despite losing their opening two group games. However, the Champions League hasn’t earned a reputation as the most dramatic and thrilling club competition without producing stunning comebacks. Here are 10 of the finest, including another English club who required a two-goal win over Olympiakos and ended up lifting the trophy…

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Arsenal 2003/04

Despite becoming the ‘Invincibles’ in the Premier League, the Gunners were far from impenetrable in Europe that season, losing two of their first three group games – including a 3-0 hiding from Inter at Highbury. But after Ashley Cole snatched a crucial 88th-minute winner in their fourth game against Dynamo Kyiv, Arsenal went on to annihilate Inter 5-1 at the San Siro in arguably their most formidable European display, led by the brilliance of two-goal Thierry Henry. Arsene Wenger’s men managed to hold their nerve and clinched a 2-0 home win over Lokomotiv Moscow to progress on 10 points as group winners, demonstrating the steely character that proved the bedrock of that great Gunners side.

3 Things Arsenal Need To Do To Ensure Qualification Into Next Round

3 Things Arsenal Need To Do To Ensure Qualification Into Next Round

arsene wenger olympiakos

As Arsenal get ready to face off against Olympiakos in the Champions League, manager Arsene Wenger knows that it is a must-win game for his side, who need to beat their opponents by a couple of goals at least to secure qualification to the round of 16. The Gunners have lost just once in their last five matches in all competitions and will hope to carry that form forward. If the north London side wish to advance to the knockout stages of the tournament, they will have to perform at their very best and the French manager would hope that his side can produce a solid performance when they travel to Greece.

Injuries have once again made things worse for Wenger’s side, especially to some of the regular first-team players like Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla.

It seems that the Frenchman will now have to use the options available to him wisely and here are three things that Arsenal really need to do in order to secure qualification to the round of 16:

3. Theo Walcott to start in place of Joel Campbell

theo walcott

There is no doubt that Theo Walcott is a better-attacking option that Joel Campbell and it would be wise to play both him and Olivier Giroud in the game, as Arsenal are in need of goals to qualify. The England international was scoring goals on a regular basis, prior to his injury which kept him out for quite some time. It would be interesting to see whether this ploy really works or not, though it is a risk worth to be taken.

Arsenal lost to Olympiakos in the reverse fixture and will want to turn things around, as they look to go through. Europe has not been the Londoner’s most preferred hunting ground and the team will have to fight hard to secure a win and go through.

2.  Use Olivier Giroud upfront

giroud against olympiakos

If both Giroud and Walcott have to play, it would mean that the latter would have to play on the wings. The France international would feature as the lone striker and his strength and ability to shoot would come handy to the Gunners.

The Frenchman has done a good job in the absence of his team-mate, who was sidelined with yet another injury that he picked up in the League Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday and recently made his return to the squad.

  1. Play the double pivot of Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini for better balance

flamini ramsey

With injuries to Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla, the holding midfield roles were up for grabs. The two players who were capable of playing in the defensive midfield roles were Mathieu Flamini and Calum Chambers. The latter has had a horrific time this season, which meant that the Frenchman would be the ideal choice. Further, Aaron Ramsey, who returned from an injury recently was also pushed into the holding midfield role alongside Flamini.

It would once again be a good decision to play them in those roles, as they provide better balance to the team, instead of using any other players to fill in. The Welshman also managed to score a goal at the weekend against Sunderland and could make a difference in the mid-week clash as well.

Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb Live Stream

Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb Live Stream

Arsenal v Dinamo live stream

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Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil will start for the Gunners tonight in their UEFA Champions League encounter with Dinamo Zagreb tonight.

The North London based side must pick up all three points tonight and need a favour from Bayern Munich if they are to sustain any hope of advancing to the Last 16.

Özil starts in midfield alongside Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell and Flamini.

The 27-year-old broke the assist record he created against West Brom last weekend when he setup Olivier Giroud early on in the first half.

The Germany international has now provided an assist in seven consecutive games which is a Premier League record.

Özil has a total of 11 assists in 12 games for the Gunners now which is the highest in Europe’s top five leagues including England, Spain, France, Italy and Germany.