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Arsenal’s Euro dream hangs by thread


Bayern Munich will relish their clash against Arsenal especially with the news that the Gunners will go to battle without a recognised or rather proven left-back following the injury to Kierran Gibbs.

One must say that it’s not rocket science that the Gunners need a strong and consistent defence with a well-balanced backup in the event of unfortunate incidents like injuries or suspensions.

SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt once said that, “strikers win matches but defenders will win you titles”. This statement probably explains why the Gunners have struggled so much in trying to substitute dust for trophies in their cabinet.

Arsenal’s transfer policy has come under much scrutiny, the club is not afraid to sell its best players and yet never replace them with equivalent quality. Yes, manager Arsene Wenger said the club was now ready to go bring in the transfer market after repaying the debt used to build the club’s stadium but in the January transfer window he only made one signing.

Without Thomas Vermaelen the Gunners defence is virtually dead, Per Mertesacker’s lack of pace always comes back to haunt the team when facing menacing attacks. And Bayern will no doubt test them to the limit.

Gibbs is currently sidelined through injury and his deputy Andre Santos was shipped off to Gremio on loan, something which has exacerbated the problem. New signing Nacho Monreal is not eligible for the Champions League as he is cup-tied and due to this Arsenal could find themselves in trouble against a robust Bayern Munich wing attack.

With no tried and tested left-back how creative can Wenger get?

The Gunners boss said he will have to throw the youthful Ignasi ‘Iggy’ Miquel into the deep end to play as a left-back. The Spanish central defender has been working hard on his versatility and he is confident he can still do the job as required.

“They’re making me get used to playing at left-back, so it’s not that weird for me anymore,” he said. “Centre back is my main position so I’ve got no trouble adapting.

“Playing left-back is different, I have to get forward more but with time I think I’ve got used to it. It’s good for me to have two positions because it will give me more chances to show myself. I want the chance to show that I can fight for the first team. I have to make sure I take my opportunity if it comes my way and make the most of it.” Iggy said on the Arsenal.com.

For a team that wants to play Champions League football next season, this could come back to bite them. With the team not doing so well in the League, the possibility of playing in Europe’s elite league depends more on the Gunners defying all odds to win this season’s Champions League to qualify as defending champions.

One would have thought Wenger learnt his lesson from last season when the Gunners found themselves in an unprecedented situation when all four of established full-backs were out injured at the same time forcing Wenger to play Djourou out wide. The Swiss defender tried his best but this proved suicidal whenever the team faced oppositions with fast paced wingers.

How will the Gunners stop the raving Ribery and roving Robben without a proven left fullback? There goes the Champions League dream.

Bayern Munich will relish their clash against Arsenal especially with the news that the Gunners will go to battle without a recognized or rather proven left-back following the injury to Kierran Gibbs.

One must say that it’s not rocket science that the Gunners need a strong and consistent defence with a well balanced backup in the event of unfortunate incidents like injuries or suspensions.

SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt once said that, strikers win matches but defenders will win you titles. This statement probably explains why the Gunners have struggled to substitute dust for trophies in their cabinet.

Arsenal’s transfer policy has come under much scrutiny, the club is not afraid to sell its best players and yet never replace them. Yes, manager Arsene Wenger said now the club was ready to go bring in the transfer market after repaying the debt used to build the club’s stadium but in the January transfer window he only made one signing.

Without Thomas Vermaelen the Gunners defence is virtually dead, Per Mertesacker’s lack of pace always comes back to haunt the team when facing menacing attacks. Going to the game against Bayern on Tuesday will be looking to take a huge gamble.

Gibbs is currently sidelined injury and his deputy Andre Santos was shipped off to Gremio on loan, something which has exacerbated the problem. New signing Nacho Monreal is not eligible for the Champions League as he is cup-tied and due to this Arsenal could find themselves in trouble against a robust Bayern Munich wing attack.

With no tried and tested leftback how creative can Wenger get?

The Gunners boss said he will have to throw the youthful, Ignasi ‘Iggy’ Miquel into the deep end to play as a leftback. The Spanish central defender has been work hard on his versatility and he however confident he can still do the job as a fullback.

“They’re making me get used to playing at left back, so it’s not that weird for me anymore,” he said. “Centre back is my main position so I’ve got no trouble adapting.

“Playing left back is different, I have to get forward more but with time I think I’ve got used to it. It’s good for me to have two positions because it will give me more chances to show myself. I want the chance to show that I can fight for the first team. I have to make sure I take my opportunity if it comes my way and make the most of it.” Iggy said on the Arsenal.com.

For a team that wants to play Champions League football next season this could come back to bite them. With the team not doing so well in the League, the possibility of playing in Europe’s elite league depends more on the Gunners defying all odds to win this season’s Champions League to qualify as defending champions.

One would have thought Wenger learnt his lesson from last season when the Gunners found themselves in an unprecedented situation when all four of established full backs were out injured at the same time forcing Wenger to play Djourou out wide. The Swiss defender tried his best but this proved suicidal whenever the team faced oppositions with fast paced wingers.

How will the Gunners stop the raving Ribery and roving Robben without a proven left fullback? The goes the Champions League dream.

Follow @Clydegoal on Twitter


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