Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CL: Fenerbahce 0 - Arsenal 3

After getting off to a very rocky start in the Premier League, Arsenal started its Champion's League campaign on a much better foot today, taking the first leg of the playoff tie in Turkey 3-0, with goals from Gibbs, Ramsey and Giroud. But as if to stress the continuing need to strengthen and deepen the squad, Arsenal lost another defender to injury, as Laurent Koscielny left with a head injury in the second half, forcing fullback Bacary Sagna to play out of position (as he presumably will in this coming weekend's Premier League clash at Fulham). Absent a collapse of epic proportions, Arsenal will finish off an admittedly poor Fenerbahce in the return match at the Emirates, and continue their record run of consecutive appearances in the Champion's League. But if Wenger and Gazidis fail to substantial strengthen the squad in short order, Arsenal probably will not make it to the knock-out rounds.

Today's victory may give Wenger a brief respite from questions about the lack of new signings, but I doubt it will last past midnight tonight. Arsenal Football club remain like the rich man who goes about in shabby clothing.

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