As Arsenal finally endured their first defeat in two months with a 2-1 loss against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions’ League group stages, the alarms suddenly went off in the media, who were quick to jump the gun and state that Arsenal’s high time could soon be coming to an end. However let it be assured that the game won’t be too troublesome for the Gunners and if anything it won’t be a downfall that lasts for the long term.
Many players have already spoken out about their disappointment at losing the game on Tuesday night and I think this is because so many of them had grown accustomed to securing good results. Arsene Wenger himself suggested that the Gunners were perhaps too confident and should have prepared in taking a more cautious approach unlike the underestimating thoughts some players clearly had beforehand about our opponents for the night.
Mertesacker, Giroud, Ramsey and now Wilshere have all spoken about their disappointment at the result however all have also suggested that it is important to move on quickly and make sure that we discover our form for the Premier League game against league strugglers Crystal Palace and ultimately manage to return to the Emirates from Selhurst Park with all three points.
Wilshere told Arsenal.com: “It is never nice to lose at home, but it is not the end of the world. We can’t let this result affect us now, especially in the Premier League where we are on a great run. It will be tough away at Palace, it always is, they will fight for every ball and it will be a different game from Dortmund, but we still have to bounce back straight away.”
Crystal Place have struggled since their promotion to the Premier League and Ian Holloway has also recently left the club by mutual consent. It shouldn’t be a difficult game for the Gunners based on the current form we are in however like Dortmund, although they are of a different quality to the Germans, Arsenal still cannot afford to take anything for granted and underestimate Palace, because ultimately like we have seen on many previous occasions with newly promoted sides, they like to punish the Gunners and that’s something that we cannot afford to happen at the current moment in time!