‘It is NOT over for Arsenal!’ – Danny Murphy expects ALL FOUR Premier League sides to progress in Champions League

first_img Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger 1 Danny Murphy insists Champions League progression is not an unrealistic goal for Arsenal despite Wednesday’s defeat to Bayern Munich, with the former Liverpool star confident all four Premier League sides will qualify for the last-16.The Gunners’ hopes of making it out of the group stages were severely dashed as Arsene Wenger’s side suffered a 5-1 drubbing at the Allianz Arena.It leaves the north London side with just one win in four games in Europe this season, yet they can still finish as runners-up in Group F if they win their last two games and results go their way.Arsenal are the only English team in serious trouble, with Manchester City already through after a 3-1 win against Sevilla, Man United beating CSKA Moscow to go top of Group B, while Chelsea gave their campaign – and their season as a whole – a lifeline with a late 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev to move into second place in Group G.Despite the odds being stacked against Arsenal, however, former midfielder Murphy is confident they, alongside their English neighbours, will progress.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, he said: “Manchester City are already through, and while Manchester United aren’t scoring a lot of goals, they’re such a hard team to beat at the moment. They’re really good defensively, so I think they’re going through as well.“Arsenal need one result to go their way, which is Olympakos at Bayern Munich. That’s a no-brainer for me, the Greeks will have no chance in Munich because Bayern will want to top the group.“Then it’s just in Arsenal’s hands – can they win two games? They’ve got a home tie against Zagreb, and while they lost against them in their first game, it’s at home this time so Arsenal should beat them comfortably. It shouldn’t even be a difficult game.“So it all boils down to Olympakos away – can they win that to go through? Of course they can beat them, but they’ll have to win by two clear goals.“They’ve proven they can do that. If you were to say to me, ‘here’s £100, are you going to put in in the yes camp or the no camp?’ I’d be in the yes camp for sure.“But if Munich do the job, and Arsenal don’t win their last two games they would not deserve to do through.“With Chelsea, I’m not sure the win over Kiev was THE turning point for their season, but it’s certainly a small step in the right direction.“The Champions League is crucial for Chelsea, and crucial for Roman Abramovich, but the key now is taking that confidence in to their next game and start to build momentum. If they do that I can see Chelsea going through as well.”last_img read more