Why It Doesn’t Matter If Arsenal Lose To Borussia Dortmund

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.


14 thoughts on “Why It Doesn’t Matter If Arsenal Lose To Borussia Dortmund

  1. The trouble with this group is that Marseille haven’t shown up. Taking some points off Napoli tonight would be an improvement.

  2. If we beat Napoli and Marseille, it doesn’t matter about other results. Neither of them can beat 12 points if we do that, and we’d be ahead of both of them on the head-to-head.

    But let’s hope for a result tonight. There’s still another Napoli-Dortmund game that could shake things up come game 6.

  3. What a stupid article, its like saying its not the end of the world if we lose to Man Utd on Saturday but win all our other games we still win the league.
    To correct you, if we lose tonight but win both our other games we will automatically go through, we will not have to rely on other results.
    Hopefully we will get a result tonight (I would take a draw now) because we did not deserve to lose to Dortmund at home & there only looked like being one winner in the last 30 minutes of the game & if it hadn’t been for the width of a post we would of won.
    Come on you gooners

  4. Arsenal has a good away record and with the mood @ the camp am sure we can get a result @ St. Induna Park and hope Merseille holds Napoli. We can stil top the group if we beat Napoli and Merseille. Lets encourage our boys!

  5. With regard to losing tonight, I think it’s useful to consider what happens in games 4 & 5 if they go by the odds:
    4: BD beat Arsenal; Napoli beat Marseilles
    5: BD beat Napoli; Arsenal beat Marseilles

    After which, BD will have 12 points and Arsenal and Marseilled will both have 9 points.
    This would mean that Arsenal would ‘only’ need a draw in Naples to qualify 2nd based on better head-to-head record with Napoli.

  6. Our boys are in high spirit and ready to beat Dortmund tonight, but with this determination they may beat Dortmund and end up with injuries. Imagine Giroud and Ramsey to miss Man U match. I wil prefer we play our normal game, get a draw without injuries then come back home to beat Man U. It wil leave us in a good shape for both titles.

  7. arsenal doesn’t deserve to go through….they’ll loose today and against Napoli (away)…..they can win against poor Marseille!!!!!


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