With the Arsenal fans planning to vent their frustration at what has happened to our Premier League title challenge this season and what is seen as the complacency and stagnancy affecting our club from the top down, Arsene Wenger has tried to put his side of the story across and regain some respect from the Gooners before it all kicks off today during the game against Norwich City.
The new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a well-known Arsenal supporter and actually turned up for the North London Derby against Tottenham on Sunday.
But he wasn’t just there to watch the game (although I’m sure he did), he was also there to urge the Gunners bosses to set an example, as their local council, Islington was the first to pay the Living Wage to all of its staff.
He said outside the Emirates: “It is about social justice, it is about young people being properly treated, and it is about the example that big clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham, Crystal Palace and so on can set to everyone else in London.”
Arsenal have a proud record in the champions league and Arsene Wenger expects his team to continue it tonight when the German side Schalke visit the Emirates. Wenger is confident that the Gunners will have no repeat of the hugely disappointing performance against Norwich.
“I expect us to respond in a strong way because this team is very ambitious.”
The last time Arsenal lost at home to a non-English club was 2003. They have only lost twice in 48 home games in the champions league, only once at the Emirates and not at all in the last 16 matches. A win for the Germans is as likely as winning the lottery jackpot!
The Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs says that recent results for either team will mean absolutely nothing when Man United take to the Emirates pitch tomorrow, and Arsenal are certain to be fighting to the death against the team that has been their biggest rivals under Arsene Wenger’s reign.
“Arsenal are Arsenal,” Giggs said. “They play very good football, they’re one of the best passing teams in Europe and they’re up there, as they always are. They’ve had a few disappointing results but they’re still in the Champions League and they’re up there in the league. Like most teams they probably could have done better, but I’m sure they’re happy.
Arsenal are preparing to face Man Utd tomorrow looking for revenge for the massive 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season, and although the Gunners are still well below their rivals in the Premiership table they haven’t lost a home game since the beginning of the season.
Andrei Arshavin believes that Arsenal have no reason to fear Man United now that they are back at the Emirates. He said: “They are very strong but at home we can beat everyone too and I hope we will do it.
“If we play well we don’t mind what form they are in.