Arsene Wenger looks in trouble after a series of dodgy results in the Premier League the latest being last weekend’s loss to Manchester United by 2 goals to one. It was a game that Arsenal should have won as they were literally giving United a spanking on the pitch but unable to break through. The first goal came via a Kieron Gibbs own goal and then a spectacular Wayne Rooney solo effort to make it 0-2 to the visitors.
Wenger then brought out his big gun in the shape of Olivier Giroud, fresh back from injury to score in spectacular style and make it 1-2. Even after 8 minutes of extra time the hosts were still unable to breach the United defense. Rooney has turned into a different player since he got the England captain’s armband and he now wears it for club and country and it seems to have revived the man.
United are surprisingly 4th in the Premier League while Arsenal sit in 8th position. I don’t even think LVG can believe it either! However, Alisher Usmanov has launched an astonishing attack on Wenger. The club’s second highest share holder is angry at the North London outfit’s worst start in 32 seasons and wants answers.
Usmanov went on to say: “We need to strengthen every position to play on the level of such teams in the UK as Chelsea and Man City and in Europe like Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich.”
“We just repeat the same results year by year. As an investor, I’m not happy with that.”
Meanwhile, shaky Manchester City meet Bayern Munich this week and although Xabi Alonso says they are still a threat, manager Pep Guardiola looks set to destroy City’s dream by killing them off. Bayern will not ease off the gas pedal and are determined to kill the Manchester club off before they reach the knock out stages.
Xabi Alonso said:”City are in a difficult position but of course they are a threat.” “If they go through over two legs they can beat any team in Europe.” “We may have qualified already but we are coming here to win.”
Guardiola hinted that Man City’s fortunes in Europe hinges on tonight’s clash and feels a win for them would give them the breakthrough needed.