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November 21, 2018

Guess what? I feel nothing after Arsenal's loss to Bayern

 Bayern Munich v Arsenal - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group F - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - 4/11/15 Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs and team mates look dejected
Bayern Munich v Arsenal - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group F - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - 4/11/15 Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs and team mates look dejected

So Arsenal were thrashed by Bayern Munich; So what! I feel absolutely nothing over the 5-1 beating and I feel absolutely nothing that Arsenal’s Champions League campaign is as good as over.

Yes we can still qualify mathematically but my question is do we deserve it? I have seen fellow Gunner’s trying to blame this result on the fact that Arsenal had so many injuries, but my view is this.

We always knew Bayern Munich would be a tough nut to crack and if there was a game we knew we could afford to lose in the group stages, it would have been one of the Bayern fixtures.

If we do bow out of the Champions League at this stage, it won’t be because of injuries this week. It will be because thanks to our wizard Arsene Wenger, we lost the opening games against Dinamo Zagreb on the 16th of September and Olympiakos on the 29th of September; when most players were fit!

We are bottom of the group because of those two fixtures and not because we were thrashed 5-1 by the Bavarians!

Without our injuries of course Arsenal could have still beaten Pep Guardiola’s side; particularly if Hector Bellerin was fit; but again it comes down to Wenger not signing adequate cover when he had the opportunity to do so. Injuries are there every season! They do not come as a surprise and wise managers actually plan for them.

But Wenger gambles way too much with our squad. Returning 190,000 pounds to the board after the transfer window closed in August was embarrassing.

Yes many Gunners question who we could have bought; but we were left without options because Wenger did what he usually does. He waited until late August to start looking for talent.

Of course by then the crème of football society had been taken and only mid level talent was available.

Wenger needs to scout all the time and sign instead of “watching” as soon as the transfer market opens. Oh to be a Gunner! It’s tough!

Surprisingly I am not upset at all because this is what I suspected would happen. Of course as a fan I had to keep mouthing off right up to the kick off time because that’s what loyal Gunners do.

But that noise was more to try and convince myself that it was a possibility that a miracle could happen; and not confidence that I really believed it would.

Call me a hypocrite if you like as one guy on twitter did; but I consider myself a realist! I love Arsenal; I always will; but I won’t lie to myself that we are the best planners in the world.

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