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Having watched Bayern Munich twice over the last week I would have to think that things aren't going to be pretty this week for any Gooners when their team meets the side currently ranked second in Europe behind Barcelona. Bayern are playing like a team that doesn't even recognise their is any opposition on the field at the moment and the front four who played against Wolfsburg: Ribery, Muller, Kroos and Mandzukic are running teams ragged with their movement and interplay, and that is even without the sulky Arjen Robben in the side.
Robben is expected to play in the tie against Arsenal this week and before I found out that Monreal was cup-tied I would have said this gave Arsenal a good chance of a result. Robben makes only a token effort to get back and help Philip Lahm and a concerted effort by Arsenal down their left would have given them a decent go, however the idea that Arsenal will have to play one of their reserve centre halfs at left back indicates to me that Robben will be selected and will have a field day (or night). If Bayern come to London in the mood it could get very embarassing, however as we all know football has a funny way of biting you on the arse when you least expect it.
The knives appear to be out now for Arsene Wenger. I think he has grossly under estimated the intelligence of football supporters in recent weeks with some of his statements favourably comparing the current squad with his own invincibles. Even yesterday after yet another humiliating defeat against lower league opposition he sough to placate the people who pay his £7 million a year salary with words such as, "we haven't been beaten by a lower league club for sixteen years in the F.A Cup which is a record," "the players out there cared, there were 11 internationals on the pitch." Both statements should have been qualified by the words, "yes but we haven't won anything since 2005 whilst players who have left have won 53 trophies between them in the same period" and "yes but Arteta, Carzola, Podolski and Giroud" wouldn't get anywhere near their countries first teams if all options were available."
Wenger, as I have said before, has been great for the game in England, he has transformed so many aspects of the professional approach in addition to which a recent survey has revealed that Arsenal are actually 18 points a season better off than they should be based on net transfer spend. All that said he looks like a dead man walking, he talks about financial prudence whilst managing a club that has over £150 million in cash at its disposal, of growing players on, whilst he puts out a side that contains only one player not signed from another club, and of the current team being comparable with one that went a whole Premier League season unbeaten. Arsenal fans will point to an impressive record but it is one that ended in 2005 in the pursuit of trophies. Sir Alf Ramsey was sacked as manager of England seven years after winning the biggest trophy possible, how as Wenger managed to stay in his job for so long?