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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Arsenal start set to secure knockout football

Although fans of the Gunners have watched their side endure a fairly disappointing start to the new Premier League season, they have been able to sit back and enjoy the football that their side has been playing in the Champions League so far this campaign.

Despite Arsenal being handed what Champions league betting pundits describe as a deceptively tricky group (with journeys necessitated far and wide across Europe), the Gunners have so far been able to show the kind of class that has seen them establish themselves as one of the top teams in the competition in recent years.

However, despite being widely regarded as one of the best technical teams in the competition, few experts believe that the Gunners are likely to be lifting the trophy come next May. One of the key reasons for this lack of faith was clear for all to see in Arsenal's recent clash with London rivals Chelsea in their latest Premier League fixture. With the Gunners once again failing to earn a victory against a top Premier League rival, they are likely to once more come unstuck should they happen to encounter one of their domestic rivals in European competition, after failing to overcome Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool in the knockout stages in recent years.

Whilst manager Arsene Wenger can correctly claim that his young squad is improving, it is clear that a growing impatience amongst the Arsenal faithful is likely to mean that this season will be the last one during which Wenger can continue to protect his side against criticism from their own fans who are so impatient to see the first piece of major silverware arrive at the Emirates.

Should, however, Wenger be able to overcome the Champions League odds and bring the trophy to Arsenal for the first time, then he will have finally confirmed himself as the Gunners' greatest ever manager.

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