Has late Alexis goal set Arsenal on winning run?

Even though Arsenal have fallen three points behind the top of the Premier League table club Chelsea and surrender control of our Champions League group during the month of November which was us fail to beat PSG, Tottenham and Man United, we Gooners cannot complain too much as the Gunners are still unbeaten since the first game of the season in all competitions.

Having said that, the string of draws was getting a bit worrying and it seemed to be weighing on the players just as much as it was disappointing the fans. Arsene Wenger has admitted that it was getting to him as well, in a report on the Arsenal website, but he reckons that all that built up tension will have been washed away by the win over Bournemouth on Sunday, just as the tension during that tight match was washed away when Alexis Sanchez scored late on to make the points safe.

Wenger said, “The late goal released some tension. Suddenly when we only make draws, it gets a little bit in the head of the players. For us, I think it was an important step to win against Bournemouth, and having watched the game again, I think we played better than I thought straight after the game.

“That’s because the tension is there during a game – you absolutely want to win – so the emotional impact is a bit bigger than when you watch with a cooler head.”

There should certainly be less anxiety in the Arsenal dugout today and in the crowd and hopefully that will show itself on the pitch as well and that should help the players to perform and get Arsenal going on another good run again. Do you think we have put nervous November firmly behind us?

Arsenal team news with Gibbs captain and Giroud IN against Reading

Arsene Wenger must be feeling pretty confident that his Arsenal team will bounce back from the Premier League draw with Middlesborough to beat Reading in the EFL cup tomorrow. Not only is Le Prof going with a much changed side at the Emirates, he has revealed a lot of the changes that will be made in an Arsenal.com report.

The Gunners boss is going to completely change the back four, with the summer signing Rob Holding to partner Gabriel in the middle and with Carl Jenkinson set for the first game since his long spell out with injury. Kieran Gibbs will be the other full back and just like in the last round of the cup away to Nottingham Forest, the England international defender will captain Arsenal.

Wenger did not say as much but I assume that he will also rest the number one keeper Petr Cech and start David Ospina or even Martinez. The other big news is that our big French forward Olivier Giroud will feature, although it is not clear if he will start or come off the bench, with another summer signing Lucas Perez also in line to play.

The Frenchman revealed, “Cazorla will not be available, but it looked after the game that apart from some tired legs and disappointed minds, we had nothing else to declare.

“I think Olivier will be included, but for Aaron it is too early although he is back in full training now.

“It will be a similar squad to against Nottingham Forest. We will have Gabriel, Holding, Jenkinson will be back and will play. Jeff Reine-Adelaide will play, otherwise I think Iwobi, Lucas, Oxlade-Chamberlain will also play. Gibbs – who captained the team at Forest – will do it again on Tuesday.”

What do you Gooners think of the Arsenal team set to face Reading tomorrow?