Champions League Campaign

Arsenal

Jenkinson – Of course Arsenal can win the Champions League!

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Arsenal are preparing to face Olympiacos in the second game of this years Champions League campaign, and Carl Jenkinson doesn't see any reason why the Gunners can't go all the way to the Final, just like Chelsea did last season.

"If Chelsea can do it, then we can do it," Jenkinson said on Arsenal.

Women Drivers, Giant Skivers, and War chest Connivers

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Badge kisser.

Back in August, during a meaningless Arsenal v. Real Madrid match, following on the heels of a summer of seemingly schizophrenic interviews by Arsenal's then 30 goal scoring target man, Adebayor scored a meaningless goal and promptly ran over to the fans and kissed the badge.

All my troubles seemed so far away…

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All season long it seems like all of us have been looking back while Arsene Wenger, the iconoclast, refused to look into the past and instead steadily gazed into the future. In our obsession with the past, Wenger recons we got this season wrong and once again I find myself realizing that the teacher may have been right all along.

Man U 1-0 Arsenal; Wenger Still Has Faith

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Match Reports

The Telegraph.co.uk: John O'Shea gives Manchester United the advantage

ESPNSoccernet: blah blah blah O'Shea.

Man of the Match

I will be the first to admit that I'm a horrible judge of goal keepers, but even a Dumb American like me could tell that England's Future #1 had a monster game last night.

Everyone Agrees - Defense Wins Championships

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This week Vidic has said it, Cesc said it, Adebayor is saying it 24/7 on ESPN's annoying automatic video load crapola, I've said it countless times, and it's probably the most over used and least understood phrase in all of sports: "defense wins championships." But it's true.

There have been quite a few comments in the blog and elsewhere about the state of Arsenal's defense of late and much has been made of Silvestre and Gibbs at the back and the prospect of Arsenal facing United with such a "depleted" squad, but I just want to point out a few things.

Arsenal v. Villareal (1-1 agg)

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Before we get started, please take a moment, close your eyes, head down.

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Ok, that was for the 96 people who died at Hillsborough in 1989, certainly the most important moment in recent football history. A day that changed the way we all watch the game.

There's no good way to segue from that so, let's just get stuck in here with the football news.

Wigan 1-4 Arsenal; Resurrection

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.

Arsenal face Villareal then Porto in Champions League

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What got into you nut bars yesterday? The comments section was full of insanity. This is a sane, sober, and rational weblog and I expect you all will act accordingly. Now, stop stealing each others' passwords and posting drivel. Please use your real name to post drivel, like the jealous guy from that one blog.

‘Kolo, we’re going to win’

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My co-workers make me sick, maDe, made, sorry about that. My co-workers made me sick by coming in to work while coughing up a lung. And now, I'm sitting here, unable to sleep, but tired, coughing up what little lungs I have left, high on nyQuil. This will either be the best or worst blog. evar. My [.

Roma 1-0 Arsenal; kids go through on penalties

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Match Video As always, the Arsenalist has the video.  I had to actually download the file from the link he provides since either my script blocker is preventing the inline video from playing or the inline video is just broken. Either way, it's totally worth it. Man of the Match I wanted to give Man of the Match [.

Our density has brought us to this point. I mean, destiny.

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Despite plane troubles that nixed the pre-match press conference, Wenger found a way to get out to press a good ole fashioned pep-talk, saying that the destiny of the team is in their hands and that he wants the boys to be rewarded for all their hard work and that he's personally going to buy [...]

“Don’t travel alone”

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3,400 Arsenal supporters are descending on Rome in order to sit in the cavernous Stadio Olimpico and watch Roma and Arsenal finish their Champions League tie. It should be a good day out and a lovely trip to a wonderful old city, but for those 3,400 Gooners as they lay their heads to rest tonight, [.

Arsenal 1-0 Roma; The Could-a, Would-a, Should-a

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Match Reports Telegraph.co.uk:  Arsenal were the only victors in Europe last night but while they won the battle, the war of this Champions League tie is far from over after their profligate attack squandered what may prove to be crucial chances. ESPNSoccernet: The misfiring Gunners should have put the tie beyond [.

Will they fear us if we get Arshavin?

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A West Ham team that is brimming with confidence  having dispatched 6 of their last 7 opponents comes in to the Emirates stadium to face an Arsenal team brimming with false hope after eeking out a 9 game unbeaten run. It's almost amazing to think that the team have remained unbeaten for 9 matches and on [.

Lady Nina Strikes Back

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Following on the heels of Peter Hill-Wood's vanilla announcement about "board restructuring" yesterday, Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith has made a little statement of her own: I'm in total shock and very upset about the appalling way I have been treated. The board have no manners whatsoever and my views were ignored on many occassions.

Porto 2-0 Arsenal; the Good, Bad, and Ugly

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Match Reports ESPNSoccernet: Below-par Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Porto to leave themselves with a tougher path towards Champions League glory. Telegraph: Arsenal's inability to raise their game in matches they are expected to win manifested itself in Portugal on Wednesday night. And the defeat means that Arsene Wenger's [.

Happy 700, Arsene!

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A little known Alsacian Frenchman blew into Highbury on a September breeze in 1996. The club was in disarray having suffered the loss of a popular and powerful coach to scandal and supporters were hoping for a big name to come in and clean things up. In what would become "typical Arsenal style" the board instead [.

Chocolate Thunder unleashed on Porto?

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The team travel to Portugal to take on league leaders Porto for the game that will decide if Arsenal finish first or second in the group. In years past, winning your group meant an "easier" draw in the Champions League, but lets face it, there aren't many easy teams in this tournament any more ( [...

Manchester United

United do their best to try and lose the Galatasaray game

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Huff, puff and ho! This was how Manchester United started off their Champions league campaign against Turkish giants Galatasaray. United won 1-0 in a very unconvincing game against the Turks yesterday. Here are five things we learnt from that game at Old Trafford.

Shinji Kagawa- Not a shirt-seller
In his short stint as a United player, Shinji Kagawa has proven that he is not your guy who was purchased to sell merchandise across Asia.

Uninspiring United 1, Galatasary 0.

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Manchester United got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start as they defeated Galatasaray 1-0 to secure Sit Alex Ferguson's 100th win in the competition. Michael Carrick scored his first goal in Europe in three years, but United were made to sweat until the last of five minutes of injury time for their [.

Clinical Messi breaks Russian hearts

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Lionel Messi proved to be unstoppable again, scoring twice late in the second half to help Barcelona come from behind and beat Spartak Moscow 3-2 at Camp Nou.

The Catalans took an early lead thanks to Cristian Tello's 14th minute strike but the Russian runners-up responded quickly, forcing Dani Alves to kick into his own net.

The Rest

Hulk feeling the pressure at Zenit

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Zenit St. Petersburg's management will have breathed a huge sigh of relief on Wednesday evening after the Russian club notched up their first win of this season's Champions League campaign with a fortunate 1-0 result over Anderlecht.

Zenit were expected to challenge for the trophy this campaign after spending huge money in the summer on Hulk and Alex Witsel, but have been unconvincing so far.