Arsenal booked their place in the knock out stages with a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates stadium. Once again Robin Van Persie was the hero for the Gunners as they secured their qualification to the knock out stage for the 12 consecutive season.
I must admit that it was a fine performance from Arsenal. The Gunners next face a tricky away fixture to Olympiacos who were surprise 1-0 winners over Marseille at the Stade Velodrome.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Song who had a 5 star performance for the Gunners, stated what a pleasure it was to play alongside Van Persie.
“He’s unbelievable,” Song said.
“He’s a very good player and it is a pleasure to play with him.
“In every single game he shows he is very important and we hope to have him not injured because when he is injured it is very difficult for us, and today, every single day, he is unbelievable.
“We just need to keep him in good form.”
Very interesting remarks from Song. It makes me wonder just how Arsenal would cope if anything were to happen to Van Persie. This is indeed the danger of over relying on one player.
Truth be said, Arsenal would crumble before picking themselves up if Van Persie got injured. Looking at the bench, no player can match Van Persie toe for toe at the moment.
In an interview that was just released, a surprised Wenger revealed that it was surprising that his team were the first Premier League side to qualify to the knockout stages.
“It was a difficult group,” Wenger said.
“When we saw we were playing Udinese [in the qualifying round] we could not bet that we would go through as we did.”
“I have to be very cautious what I say.
“I think ‘yes’ as Man United could have qualified last night and everyone expected Man City to qualify.”
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