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A quick update on the Champions League. Leicester City defeated Club Brugge 2-1. Arsenal and PGS tied two all. Man Shitty and Mönchengladbach tied one all.

Both Man Shitty and Leicester City advance to the quarterfinals.

The tie cost Arsenal big time as the guys had a chance to move to the head of the class in Group A. Both PSG and Arsenal each have eleven points however PSG is the catbird seat.

Man Shitty will finish second in Group D. Barcelona is the top dog with twelve points. Shitty is second with eight points.

The Foxes will win Group G with thirteen points.

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The Guardian wrote this about the Arsenal tie with PSG. “Arsène Wenger is adamant that his Arsenal side have “no reason to panic” despite the possibility of finishing second in the Champions League group stage for the fifth consecutive year following their 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain at the Emirates Stadium.

Although qualification in the last 16 was already secured for the 14th successive season, with the 2-2 draw the Gunners missed the opportunity to claim the victory that would have taken them through as group winners. Despite their third draw in as many games, Wenger believes his side will convert those type of results into wins.

When asked if he would be glad when November is over, he replied: “No, I believe I have be careful of the choice of my words because if I say stuttering it comes back in the next press conference.

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“I think there is a special spirit in the squad and the consistency of the results. We are unbeaten for 18 games and sometimes you go through a spell with such momentum, where you win a little bit less. It’s down to us to continue without losing a game but also to convert the draws into wins. But there is no reason to panic.

“Overall I believe that we were committed, for periods, dominant. But the start of the game was in favour of PSG because we let them play too comfortably, then in the last 20 minutes of the first half we pushed up and we came to make it 1-1. We had a strong start again in the second half where we were dominant until it was 2-1. After we dropped off and did not maintain the pressure and we paid for that.”

With an eye on Arsenal’s possible last‑16 opponents, Wenger is unsure if finishing second could be a bad omen, having been knocked out at that stage for the past six seasons.

“At the moment we are second but it’s not over,” Wenger said. “We have a 90% chance to finish second, but we wanted to finish first. At the moment we haven’t lost a game in this group. Overall we have done the job well. Will it be enough for us to finish first? I don’t know.

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“Will it be good or bad for us? I think we have to wait for the draw because, if you look at all of the groups, you cannot really guess if it is good or bad.

“The advantage of finishing first is that you play the second leg at home. But for me, what is more disappointing is that we wanted to win the game and we didn’t win and that is disappointing.”

PSG remain top of Group A after the draw but Unai Emery believes his side have not secured top spot just yet. “We still have to play against Ludogorets, but we’re currently top and that’s important,” Emery said. “We deserved that in terms of the way the game went.

“We deserved a draw to secure top spot. Analyse the two games against Arsenal and we do deserve it.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/24/arsene-wenger-no-panic-arsenal-second-champions-league-psg

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