It is all doom and gloom around Arsenal Football Club at the moment, but when things are put into perspective it could be a lot worse. Yes, it has been a frustrating summer in the transfer market with no signings of note just yet and yes, we were beaten by Aston Villa at home on Saturday.
However, the Gunners still have a solid squad, which Arsene Wenger will strengthen, and if we can overcome Fenerbahce the club will play another Champions League campaign. If you’re betting on Arsenal on the chance of getting past the Turks in the qualifying round, the odds are good, despite the negative press.
It won’t be easy tonight as the hosts will make it difficult for the English side and the crowd will be their usual hostile self. However, looking at the potential line-ups, Arsenal have a much stronger team than Fenerbahce.
Foreign imports Raul Meireles and Dirk Kuyt will pose a threat for our opponents, but the counter attacking ability of some of Arsenal’s attackers will be too much for the Turks to handle if we can unleash the likes of Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla.
Nacho Monreal missed the Premier League opener but has recovered from a back injury, while Kieron Gibbs and Bacary Sagna will undergo late fitness tests.
It is bad news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be sidelined to November, but at least a few defensive faces will make the return against the Turks. There is no injury crises, but it is true that the reserve players are not in abundance at the moment.
Even a negative result tonight will not mean elimination from the Champions League, but Wenger will have his team motivated to go out and prove the doubters wrong.
There is no doubt that there is pressure on the first team at the moment, but the club’s supporters should get behind the side to get them back to winning ways.