As it stands, Arsenal are top on goal difference and the head to head record, but all three teams (Arsenal, Dortmund and Napoli) are on 6 points, with Marseille still yet to get off the mark.
Our remaining games are Borussia Dortmund tonight in Germany, as well as an away trip to Napoli and Marseille at The Emirates. You would think that around 10 points would be enough to go through to the knockout stages and with Arsenal playing the best football in a long time, and our excellent form in the Premier League, Arsene Wenger would love to see how far this team could go in the competition.
But whatever happens tonight, we shouldn’t be upset if Arsenal lose at the Westfalenstadion.
We finally have a team that is good enough to compete at the top, whether be that domestically or in Europe. But some perspective is needed really. Yes, we probably should have settled for a draw in the home game a couple of weeks ago but that’s one of the reasons why Arsenal are 5 points clear at the top of the table – they’re a team that will always try to win. What if Arsenal did nick a winner against Dortmund? We’d be raving about it.
The fact is, if we lose or draw tonight we could still do it. We’d have to beat both Napoli and Marseille and hope results would go for us. But don’t forget, even though they no longer have Mario Gotze, we are up against an exceptionally talented side here. They went all the way to the Champions League Final last season and have one of the best players around at the moment in Robert Lewandowski. There would be no shame in losing to a side that knocked out sides such as Real Madrid and high-spending Malaga. And they also got out of a group that consisted of Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax.
The odds are against us tonight and obviously I would love nothing more than a win – that would set us up nicely going into the final two games – but some perspective is needed. We are in one hell of a tough group and even if we couldn’t beat Dortmund it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are in far, far easier groups and the fact that we are in with a shout is impressive.
A win tonight would be a massive result but by the same token a defeat is not the end of the world. We have a squad that is good enough to win major honours this season and that’s all we can ask for.