This season just keeps on getting better for Arsenal.
After looking poor against Liverpool on Saturday, the under-fire Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was handed an additional two match ban for “not abiding by the decision of the control and disciplinary body during the English club’s Champions League play-off game against Udinese”.
This week may be the turning point in terms of Arsenal’s season as they deal with Udinese on Wednesday (holding a slim 1-0 lead in the tie) and then Manchester United at Old Trafford on the weekend. Wenger has already been called out by Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini over his protracted stance on the Samir Nasri transfer and told the Frenchman that the deal will be off if Nasri features in Italy on Wednesday. Wenger’s team has one point from six so far in the Premier League and have not won at Old Trafford (where they will not have a number of players available due to suspension) since 2008.
It’s going to be a big week in North London.
Today, The Champions League formally returns. It’s the last step for a few European giants to reach the Group Stage of Europe’s elite competition or be relegated into the Europa League.
Matches this afternoon include: Arsenal v. Udinese. BATE Borisov v. SK Sturm Graz. Copenhagen v. Pizen. Lyon v. Rubin Kazan. FC Twente v. Benfica.
Tomorrow the drama continues with Bayern Munich v. FC Zürich, Dinamo Zagreb v. Malmo FF, Maccabi Haifa v. Racing Genk, Odense BK v. Villarreal, and Wisla Krakow v. Apoel Nicosia.
It’s time to get the epic “Championsssssss!” tune stuck in your head once more! Hooray!
Fox Soccer has these matches in the U.S. Tune in to the qualifiers for some squads you wouldn’t be exposed to originally, and if you are an Arsenal fan, an extra dose of teeth-grinding.