After the huge defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, Arsenal are now struggling with only three points from four matches and their last 16 Champions League qualification hopes are hanging by a thread.

The Gunners are at the bottom of Group F following their humiliating 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the last Champions League outing at Munich, six points behind the ultimate top two places to grab with only a pair of matches remaining.

Although Arsene Wenger’s troops are still not eliminated from Europe’s elite competition, their chances of making the last sixteen seems to be very slim, Wenger admits that.

“There is still a chance to qualify,” Wenger still remains optimistic. “We have to realise that our chance is at a minimum. It will be very tight, but we have to fight until the end. Let’s hope Bayern beat Olympiakos and we win at home against Zagreb. That leaves us with a chance to qualify from the last game. It’s a small chance, but there is still a real one.”

Keeping all this in mind, Arsenal’s exact requirements from their last two group matches is quite simple – they have to win both the games.

If the Gunners fail to win both of the remaining games of Group F – at home with Dinamo Zagreb and away against Olympiakos – for the first time in 17 years, they will not make it to the knockout stages of Champions League. Although Wenger has an impressive record in the elite competition, but the dream to crowned as Europe’s Champion still eludes the Frenchman.

Arsenal are also relying on German champions Bayern Munich beating Greek side Olympiakos. However, Olympiakos picking up a single point from their last two group matches – away to Bayern Munich and a home fixture against Arsenal – will see them seal qualification for the last 16.

 

If Arsenal manages to defeat Dinamo Zagreb tomorrow then they will travel to Olympiakos on 19th December looking for a huge margin victory which could see them qualify for the knockout stages.

Arsenal definitely are not in a position to catch the Bavarians following the 5-1 disaster as it means Bayern Munich win the sides’ head to head convincingly. 

                                                               GROUP – F STANDINGS

 TEAMS

MATCH

 WIN

 LOSS

DRAW

     GOAL

DIFFERENCE

POINTS

 Bayern

 Munich

      4

     3

    1

      0

         +10

      9

Olympiakos

      4

     3

    1

      0

             0

      9

Arsenal

      4

     1

    3

      0

            -4

      3

Dinamo

Zagreb

      4

     1

    3

      0

            -6

      3

On the other hand, Pep Guardiola will not at all be disappointed with a unexpected draw against Olympiakos as it will literally eliminate Arsenal from this season’s Champions League as the Greek side defeated the Gunners 2-0 at the Emirates earlier and seems to be providing a much more bigger threat in the latter stages of the competition.

However, Guardiola assured after defeating Arsenal in the second leg that he is looking to win the group at any cost. “Arsenal fans need to be calm. The players are going to go and try to win against Olympiakos, we might not be able to do that but not because we weren’t fighting, but we want to be first in the group.”

There is some hope for the Arsenal fans as  the Gunners still have a chance to qualify, happens to be their most likely fate, which is –  if they win against Zagreb at home tomorrow they will have the ticket to Europa League after a third finish in the group. But playing in Europe’s second-tier competition, the Europa League could become a major obstacle ahead of Wenger’s dream to win the Premier League title as the competition’s hectic schedule and Thursday night matches often create problems for the teams.

 

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