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Wenger: Worrying Times Ahead After City's Emergence

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed the Gunners face much stiffer competition to qualify for the Champions League this season following the emergence of moneybags Manchester City.

The Gunners as part of the Premier League’s reported big-four have never struggled to gain entry into Europe’s premier club competition in recent years. However with City backed by Arab billions Wenger now believes they could look to gatecrash the party.

And the Frenchman has also identified that other emerging English teams, including arch-rivals Spurs could be involved in the mix come the end of the season.

“This year other surprise teams could come into it like Manchester City or Tottenham or Portsmouth,” Wenger told the Sun.

“It is certainly very interesting and very tight. Manchester City have an advantage because they do pay a lot of money. This year, for the first time, the January transfer window opens when we will have only played 19 games.”

“I have played seasons here when there were 24 games before then — the second part of the season is longer now. Teams can get that little bit more balance by buying players in the transfer window.”

Staying on the same topic, Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri may not be fit in time to make the Gunners’ trip to the Ukraine for the Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev.

The Frenchman, 21, will have his injured ankle checked before a decision on whether he travels.

Mikael Silvestre will return but Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Eboue have niggles which could keep them out of the important group stage tie.

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iJemz
iJemz
12 years ago

Lol…Spurs..Top 4, You gotta be kidding me Wenger.

GoonerChris
12 years ago

Can't wait to seem them get battered tonight mate. 😀

Arse
Arse
12 years ago

If we made a few buys then we woudn't face as much competition. Chelsea and Man United will qualify with ease, we are going to be left fighting for 3rd or 4th spot again

irishgooner
irishgooner
12 years ago

So many teams a capable this year. I don't see Liverpool ( apart from the obvious 3 or 4 excellent players) having the squad or even first team to finish ahead of us though. It is without doubt however, that, most of the challenging teams are easily able to beat the so-called lesser teams in the league. We beat a diminished Blackburn side 4-0. A great result but I would imagine that alot of teams will be taking 3 points away from Ewood park this year. Its hard to be certain of champers qualification but i am confident. We could… Read more »

chrissie_greeno
chrissie_greeno
12 years ago

I'm sure Bentley is “coming out”. His new barnet is dodgy to say the least !! – come on Villa let's have another

chrissie_greeno
chrissie_greeno
12 years ago

Hahaha

chrissie_greeno
chrissie_greeno
12 years ago

come on Villa, lets have 3 now

chrissie_greeno
chrissie_greeno
12 years ago

Tottenham had been looking for a replacement for Robinson for over a year – they did a good job less of a replacement and more of a duplicate. Sometimes think we under appreciate Almunia

GunnerDaz
GunnerDaz
12 years ago

I would be worried about ManUre. AIG seems to going tits up in America, so if they die, ManUre will lose a lot of revenue. Also all that money borrowed must be hurting lol.

The spuds never seem to learn. THERE IS ONLY ONE CLUB IN LONDON!!

chrissie_greeno
chrissie_greeno
12 years ago

….and Bent scores – trying to jump out of the way of the ball – could they be becoming the “Liverpool” of London ?

Handy
Handy
12 years ago

LMAO @ Sp*rs. ROCK BOTTOM!

jack
jack
12 years ago

oh dear oh dear mr ramos, the wonderful new spurs BOTTOM of the league.

gt
gt
12 years ago

Now that have me worried… with Nasri, Eboue out, and Theo probably not playing 90 mins, will we have enough MF to play on Wednesday?

Gunner Jillu
Gunner Jillu
12 years ago

City wont be great overnight, they will pose a threat next season but for now they will come 5th/6th. As for Tottenham, no worries

tom
tom
12 years ago

So we got another team in Premier League spending big hoping to “buy” silverwares… Since AW is so confidence Arsenal way of attractive football, why should he worry?! I thought he always have the confidence with those players that he got & he is gunning for silverwares this year?!

LeProf
LeProf
12 years ago

Worry Sp*rs no more: SP*RS – 1 VILLA – 2 15 Sep 2008 YOU would like to think the only way is up after Tottenham’s poorest start to a season since 1974. But after this defensive shambles maybe the worst is yet to come for a rock-bottom Spurs side who do not appear capable of hurting opponents. Nigel Reo-Coker, once touted for Tottenham, put the boot in with Villa’s fifth-minute opener. And Ashley Young underlined the visitors’ vast superiority with a second after 54 minutes. Darren Bent’s deflected consolation late on could not stop the stinging criticism that will be… Read more »

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