Arsenal emerge as shining light in Champions League
Out of eight Spanish and English teams playing in the Champions League this week, only Arsenal were victorious.
Was this a blip for the two powerhouses, or is it another indication that Europe’s top club competition is becoming more balanced?
I did a video blog on Tuesday about the difficulties in Italian football (and got a bit of stick for it!) and for 86 minutes of Dynamo Kiev v Inter Milan the problems were still there.
But a quick double burst by Jose Mourinho’s men gave them a 2-1 comeback win and they are now top of the group. If they beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp next time out then the holders could be in real trouble.
In the long run, I still maintain that a Serie A side will really struggle to win it this season but what about flying Bordeaux?
It’s possibly beyond a French side as well, which leads me back to Arsenal.
Manchester United are suddenly looking shaky at the back while Chelsea, Barca, Real Madrid are far from perfect.
I reckoned at the start of the season that Arsenal, with their youthful exuberance and delightful play, could be real challengers in Europe and although they have probably had an easier group and are not even through yet, their chances look to be increasing.
PHOTO: Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas scores his second goal in the 4-1 home win over AZ Alkmaar, Nov 4, 2009. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh