Arsenals Champions League return is within their grasp after big

Sunday, May 1, 2022
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Arsenal's Champions League Return is Within Their Reach

With Aaron Ramsdale's hip injury set to rule him out for the rest of the season‚ Arsenal's return to the Champions League is now a realistic possibility. However‚ with the club's form in the competition still so poor‚ Paulo Dybala could be in the offing as well. Here is a look at how Arsenal's form in the competition has changed recently. If you'd like to learn more about Arsenal's chances in the Champions League‚ read on!

Arsenal's Champions League return is within their grasp

After a run of five consecutive wins‚ Arsenal now have six wins in seven Premier League games. Finishing in the top four will guarantee them a spot in the Champions League next season. Although Arsenal have not featured in the Champions League since the final season of Arsene Wenger's reign‚ this season's results have put them back in the Champions League conversation. They currently sit fourth with a game in hand over most teams below them‚ and Mikel Arteta's young side are showing signs of confidence. However‚ it will take a bit of luck for the Gunners to make the last eight. It will take a win against Olympiakos in Athens to advance to the quarterfinals‚ and they will need to beat Tottenham Hotspur in London in the last eight. Then‚ they will face Liverpool in the semi-finals. In either case‚ they will need to win 3-2‚ 1-0 or 2-1 to reach the final. The result is huge for Arsenal. Their fans don't turn into self-hating weirdos and viral-sensation gobs after their team loses. Instead‚ they are saved from the scourges of meme-rants and trolls. And they don't have to endure a season of awkward presenters lining the streets outside of stadiums after a big loss. The presenters are briefed from all sides and sometimes‚ their opinions can be pretty spicy. While the result may have been disappointing‚ the team's performance at the end of the season was not. Despite being 12 points behind Liverpool‚ the Gunners were close to salvaging a Champions League place after winning the Europa League. However‚ they lost in the semi-finals to Atletico Madrid. And their next season ended with another disappointment as they lost in the Europa League to Chelsea. The team's performance in the Europa League could make the team contenders in the next season.

Aaron Ramsdale's hip injury will rule him out

With three games remaining‚ Arsenal are hoping for a double fitness boost from Aaron Ramsdale's hip injury. The Gunners went into the international break on a high after beating Aston Villa on Saturday. The win put them in pole position to finish in the top four and return to the Champions League. Aaron Ramsdale‚ however‚ is ruled out with a hip injury. After withdrawing from the England squad due to a hip problem‚ the Gunners are likely to turn to Bernd Leno in the absence of Aaron Ramsdale. The club have confirmed that Ramsdale is out for a few weeks‚ but it is unclear how long he will be out. Arteta told BT Sport that Ramsdale is unlikely to be involved in England's upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and the Ivory Coast. It is not clear how long Ramsdale will be out‚ but it's likely to be several weeks before he's fit to play in Arsenal's Champions League return. After coming to Arsenal in the summer‚ Ramsdale established himself as Mikel Arteta's No.1 and was named in Gareth Southgate's England squad for friendly matches against Switzerland and Ivory Coast. Ramsdale had been linked with the World Cup after being included in the squad for the recent friendlies. However‚ the Aston Villa supporters have spoken out‚ saying that Ramsdale is a's***'. The news that Aaron Ramsdale's hip injury will keep him out of the Premier League matches is a huge blow for the Gunners. After a 4-0 win at Aston Villa‚ Arsenal are now four points clear of Manchester United in fifth and have a game in hand over the Manchester United team in the Champions League. With the loss of Aaron Ramsdale‚ Arteta has a big task ahead of them.

Paulo Dybala could join Arsenal

The Juventus forward is expected to leave the Italian side on a free transfer in the summer‚ but Arsenal are preparing the biggest bid yet for him. The Gunners have begun negotiations with Dybala's camp and are prepared to match his PS118‚000 weekly wage at Juve. The Premier League club have an obvious vacancy in attack and could provide Dybala with first-team football. But there are many questions remaining. The Portuguese international has been linked with a move to Arsenal‚ but the Gunners need to make a move sooner rather than later. They are also expected to make a move for Gabriel‚ who scored the winner against West Ham. Dybala would be a relatively cheap option‚ and Arsenal's manager Mikel Arteta is desperate to find a replacement for Mesut Ozil. The Spanish winger has been at Juventus since 2015 after joining from Palermo. He has scored more than 100 goals for the Italian club‚ but his contract is due to expire at the end of the season. It is unclear when he will sign a new deal‚ but he has been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona as well. Until that time‚ however‚ Dybala's contract is likely to be worth a lot more than what he is currently earning. Another player linked with Arsenal is Ruben Diaz. The former Juventus midfielder is also attracting interest from other clubs. Liverpool and Juventus are in talks with Hibernian's management about signing the midfielder. However‚ the player's contract is due to expire in 2023‚ and the two sides have yet to agree on a price. The Argentine is also expected to be offered a new contract by Internazionale.

Arsenal's form in the competition

A 5-0 win over Norwich on Boxing Day has ensured Arsenal's return to the top four. After a shaky start to the season‚ the Gunners have now won three consecutive games and lost just one. A goal from Kieran Tierney doubled Arsenal's lead‚ while two goals from Bukayo Saka and a late penalty from Emile Smith Rowe helped them seal a comfortable win. The performance was far from perfect. Moyes made five changes‚ including benching the injured Andriy Yarmolenko. But he did make five changes to the lineup‚ including bringing on Mikhail Antonio and Tomas Soucek. The change of heart may have had something to do with the result. The team failed to seize the initiative in the final third. Tottenham had been ahead of Arsenal by one point‚ and Arsenal failed to take advantage of their numerical superiority. It is still early to speak of the Champions League‚ but a fourth place finish is still within Arsenal's grasp after six consecutive wins. Arsenal's top-four finish would guarantee a place in Europe's elite competition next season. The club has not competed in the Champions League since Arsene Wenger's final season in charge. While it may not have been a realistic objective when the season began‚ this season‚ the Gunners have come back from despair to become real Champions League contenders. Even if the group draw was fortuitous‚ the road to the final was not without challenges. In the round of 16‚ the Gunners met Real Madrid‚ a side Arsenal had never previously faced in the competition. The game was difficult‚ with Arsenal facing an injury crisis in their defensive line. Despite a massive defensive injury crisis‚ the Gunners managed to score four goals and make the match more bearable.

Arsenal's history in the competition

Arsenal's history in the Champions League dates back to 1963. The club's first European match was against Copenhagen XI‚ a team from Denmark. The club has won a host of European club competitions‚ including the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1970 and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1994. Arsenal also won the UEFA Cup in 2000‚ and in 2006‚ they became the first London club to play in the final of the competition. Although Arsenal have never been successful in the Champions League‚ the Gunners have won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1994 and the European Fairs Cup in 1970. However‚ their latest Champions League appearance was in the Europa League‚ where they lost 4-1 to Chelsea. Last season‚ Arsenal were knocked out in the round of 32 by Olympiacos‚ and only two of their matchday squad were still at the club. Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin have both forged successful long-term Arsenal careers. However‚ both players could also be linked with exits in the summer. The next time Arsenal played in the Champions League‚ they reached the final for the first time. They faced FC Barcelona in Paris. At the time‚ Barcelona had dominated La Liga‚ and were the 'favourites' to win. Arsenal managed to defeat Juventus and Real Madrid and qualify for the semi-finals. The following year‚ Arsenal had to come back from a five-year drought‚ but their performance in the tournament was undoubtedly impressive. In the Premier League‚ Arsenal have a storied history of competing in the Champions League. In the 1970s‚ the club won the FA Cup three times in succession‚ and wore their red and white away kit. In the 1970s‚ the club also played in the Champions League but did not reach the final. They reached the semi-finals once‚ but ultimately lost against Barcelona in 2008-09. However‚ they did reach the quarter-finals only twice‚ losing to Manchester United in the final in 2009 and 2005.