columnist Rob Facey wonders whether this could be Arsenal's
year in the Champions League in the wake of their outrageous win in Turkey this
Theo Walcott has sent out a warning to the other Champions League
teams following Arsenal’s 5-2 over Fenerbache on Tuesday.
scored Arsenals second goal, has suggested that the way Arsene Wenger's young
side outwitted and outclassed such illustrious opponents should send shockwaves
around Europe's elite clubs.
"All the teams
will look in Europe and see the 5-2 win, Arsenal away, with a young team and I
think the other teams will be scared to play us," said the
19-year-old, as reported in the Scotsman.
"That's the impression we want to
give out to all the other teams. We do that and we have always got them on the
back foot and hopefully we can just keep performing like that."
However, not all defences will be as giving as Fenerbache.
Roberto Carlos seemed to forget how to run and the centre backs were constantly
They were even unable to keep up with Walcott to foul him
sufficiently, so are the England striker's comments a little premature?
Not all teams will be this bad but, as the saying goes, you
can only beat who is in front of you.
So are Arsenal really good enough to win the Champions
League? Will this be the season that Wenger finally gets his hands on that
After coming so close
in 2006 and being just a dodgy decision away from the semi-final last year, has
the continued importance of Walcott as an attacking threat added an extra
dimension to their play that has been missing in recent years?
Could this be the factor that will see them lift the
European cup in Rome next May?
Or, as is customary with the Gunners, are fans prepared for
another year of raised expectations, only to be brought back down to Earth with