I have just a read a report in the football media that slams the Arsenal strikers and suggests that we have a bunch of muppets that have been playing like drunken Sunday leaguers with their laces tied together all season. But to be fair to the forwards of the Gunners, this report in the Metro reveals more about the, obviously anti-Arsenal, person who wrote it than it does about our effectiveness in front of goal.
One Arsenal fan, who just happens to be one of our former stars and was a member of the invincibles that last won Arsenal the Premier League trophy, will be crossing his fingers harder than most this weekend and hoping that the current crop of Gunners can bring all three points home from the game against West Brom.
Robert Pires will also be nervously hoping that no more of the Arsenal squad picks up a knock because it is the current injury list and the possibility of it getting longer that the Frenchman feels is the biggest obstacle in the way of Arsene Wenger and the players this season, as reported by the Daily Mail.
I am pretty sure that Arsenal will not be the only club that will have concerns about what might happen in the January transfer window in a few months. The reason why a lot of clubs around Europe will be more worried than usual about this transfer window is the Barcelona situation and the Catalan club is already being linked with a move for the Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott.
Can you believe it Arsenal fans? Just after getting back to the top of the Premier League after 20 months, the injury problems that badly hurt our title challenge back then came back with a massive bang in the Capital One Cup today.
You have to feel for Arsene Wenger because his team selection showed how important it was to rest the big players, so Alexis Sanchez, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil did not even travel. How unlucky then were we to lose Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in the first 20 minutes?
There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger did not pick his strongest possible Arsenal line ups for the away game at Dinamo Zagreb and the home game with Olympiacos in the Champions League. And he took plenty of stick for it as well and knows that he needs to go full bore at Bayern Munich tonight.
But that does not necessarily mean that he will start the same Arsenal XI that won at Watford in the Premier League on Saturday. In fact, I think he will make at least two changes. Santi Cazorla has been brilliant in central midfield for us but I wonder how he will cope with the pace, pressing and possession of the German giants.
The injury news was good for Arsenal this week, with Laurent Koscielny having passed his fitness test on Thursday and training with the squad again yesterday, so Arsene Wenger will be able to name his strongest back four in front of Petr Cech.
And despite Alexis Sanchez having only recently returned from his long haul trip to South America and two full 90 minute games for the Chile national team, I think that Wenger will start him away to Watford today, as the Premier League is a huge priority for the Gunners this season.
There will still be two Arsenal players starting in today’s international games, but the good news for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners is that the two key Arsenal players that could have been in line to start for their countries, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla, will be on the bench for England and Spain respectively.
Both countries have already done their job in winning their qualifying groups for Euro 2016 and so the managers Roy Hodgson and Vicente Del Bosque are able to experiment a little and give some game time to the fringe players in their squads.
This really is a massive game for Arsenal; as a win would confirm that the Gunners have bounced back from two damaging defeats in a row and would leaves us looking pretty good for a Premier League title challenge, while a defeat would sap all the confidence gained from a north London derby win and confirm that it has been a well below par start to the season.
So there is no doubt that Arsene Wenger wants his strongest line up out there, although an injury problem to Coquelin is not allowing him to do that. Santi Cazorla is back after a one game ban and I think Wenger has to stick Flamini next to the Spaniard in the middle to give us energy and bite.
Although Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Community Shield in pre-season, the Gunners are still to find a win in the League against Jose Mourinho’s side, and Theo Walcott says that his team must simply play without fear to breal that terrible run against the Portugese manager.
“I think we need to play with no fear,” Walcott told Arsenal.com. “You can see how Chelsea have started the season, no one has given them any respite on the ball at all, and I think we need to be exactly the same like that.
There have been a lot of people sticking up for Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal team selection and tactics after the unfancied Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb inflicted and damaging Champions League defeat on Arsenal last night.
Many think that it was the performances of the individual players and the team in general that was to blame for the shock result and that they let the manager down, but the former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright thinks differently. As reported by The Telegraph today, Wrighty was quick to blame Wenger.