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Preview: Arsenal Vs Dinamo Zagreb - UEFA Champions League Group Stages

  • Preview: Arsenal Vs Dinamo Zagreb - UEFA Champions League Group Stages

One injury after another and things are suddenly starting to fall apart a bit for Arsenal. Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta - both defensive midfielders - being the latest of the many casualties, the Gunners are in some sort of trouble, even if momentarily. 

With all of these worries prowling and moshing in their minds, Arsene Wenger's men now go into a crucial Champions League tie against Dinamo Zagreb - the side that beat them 2-1 last time around to give the North Londoners a bizarre start to their UCL campaign, and apart from that one magical night at The Emirates Stadium when Arsenal earned a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich, this campaign still seems grim. 

And it may get worse, in fact come to and end, if the shambolic version of Arsenal turns up at The Emirates Stadium - the version that lit up The Hawthorns Stadium - not in the way they would have liked -by playing tne game right into West Bromwich Albion's hands with some extraordinarily direful defending, and some below-average finishing. Don't blame Olivier Giroud now. 

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You can be certain that Arsenal's guests today won't be in a mood to relent. They are fully aware of how vulnerable Wenger's side are currently, and would come with the intent to repeat their efforts and get the desired result. Stopping them would take a proper Arsenal performance, and when we say proper, it means perfect. 

Aaron Ramsey, in so many ways, can help the cause, and his is a return that has come at just the right time. With him operating as a right attacking midfielder, Arsenal's attack has a cutting edge to it, a different feel about it. They look more fluent, better in possession and defensively strong with the Welshman and that is enough to realise how integral he is, and how badly has his team missed him. 

Talk about missing, Arsenal are undoubtedly missing that victory feeling, which they experienced "some" time ago at The Liberty Stadium, 24 days ago to be particular. They need a win, and the time is now. 


"In the last two games we have dropped points," he said. "We know as well that before that we won five games on the trot amd you can go through a spell like that - it is how you respond to that and that is what makes your season.

"That is why it is a good test for us. It is true that we need a positive result from Bayern, but that only has an impact if we win, so let's focus on what we can do. 

"I believe that when everybody is back we have a squad to compete in both [the Premier League and Champions League]. If we go through now in the Champions League we can be very dangerous for everybody."


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