Woodcock: Arsenal could be surprise package

Tony Woodcock believes his former team Arsenal have the potential to cause an upset in this year’s Champions League – just like the Nottingham Forest team he played in. Woodcock acknowledges that Arsene Wenger’s team aren’t the favourites – but then neither were Brian Clough’s Forest side who won the European Cup in 1979, Woodcock and all. “What’s interesting is no one is mentioning them,” said Woodcock, who joined Arsenal in 1982 after three seasons in Germany. “They could be the surprise package. “Form, statistics and the past count for nothing. The competition is at the quarter-final stage and anything can happen. “They’ve had an up and down season but with the players they’ve got, on their day, they are capable of beating anyone.” However, Woodcock warns that the clock is ticking on Arsenal’s transitional period, after four years without a trophy. “Arsenal have a history of winning trophies,” he said. “I don’t want them to be remembered as a side who played beautiful football but won nothing. I want them to combine the nice football with success.” Tony Woodcock was talking on behalf of the Mardan Sports Complex at Antalya in Turkey. The UEFA standard complex is the ideal training camp for professional and semi-professional teams. ARSENAL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter