Is that so? Wolfsburg won their group last season (United was in that grp and came third) and progressed to the semis, were they lost by one goal over two matches against Real. Gladbach had the hardest group in the competition last year, with City, Juventus and Sevilla, still got 5 points with two draws against Juve and a win over Sevilla. This year, again the hardest group with Barca and City, again 5 points. Hardly "battered".
Leverkusen have also progressed from the group, incidentally over Tottenham.
Kagawa "fails" at Dortmund, too. Holtby plays for a side that fights relagation. Schürrle was - dare I say - performing better for Chelsea than for Wolfsburg and Dortmund.
It's been said before but: Jesus Christ.
Chicharito has scored 5 goals, which places him at 8-13 overall, while Kalou has scored 4, which makes him 14-23. Interesting definition of "top scorer". By the way, in his best season for Berlin, Kalou has scored 14 league goals in 2535 minutes, that is one goal every 181 minutes. In his best season for Chelsea, he score 10 goals in 1565 minutes, a goal every 156 minutes.
True. As I said, it would be a gamble, but one that could very well pay off. Draxler has the ability to "make something happen", pass one or more defenders with dribbling and speed and produce a good ball afterwards. This is the most expensive quality in the game and we should be sure, he will be used as a starter (or nearly), if we pay 30 to 40 million on him. With Wenger's recent comments regarding Ox, I'm not so sure about that.