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Friday, July 22, 2011

Are Arsenal more suited to Europe?

It has been six years since Arsenal have won any trophies but maybe their style of play is suited to the Champions League more than the Premier League.

The Gunners have not won anything since the 2005 FA Cup and since that date they have come up short in both the Premier League and the Champions League competitions.

The argument thrown at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is his reluctance to spend big money to bring in huge stars to the Emirates, while there remains the constant criticism aimed at their defence and goalkeeping situation. Those looking at the Champions League betting will wonder why things haven't been changed.

Former Gunners legend Patrick Vieira, who was part of the famous 'Invincibles' side, reckons the team now play better football than the Arsenal side he was in – but their lack of physicality means they will not win the Premier League.

The fluent, attacking brand of football that Wenger has his team playing is possibly more suited to the Champions League rather than the physical rigours of the English Premier League.

But after slipping down to fourth in the Premier League last season, it means Arsenal now have to qualify for the Champions League – making it even harder to win that competition.

Vieira reckons the passing and movement of the current Arsenal team is "better" than it was in his day but they are just lacking the "physical" and "intimidating" characters they had. Anyone placing a Champions League bet should bear this in mind.

"Since I left Arsenal, there are new players, a new generation and maybe a new philosophy because Arsenal play better football than we used to do in my time," the Frenchman said.

"I honestly believe that the Arsenal team now are playing better than we were then. The difference is we put silverware on the sideboard."

Chelsea seem to be the English side most desperate to win a Champions League trophy, as it is the one competition they have not won in Roman Abramovich's time in charge.

New boss Andres Villas-Boas has come out recently and pledged his intention to bring the Champions League trophy to Stamford Bridge in his first season in charge.

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