The chances are pretty strong that Arsenal will have to play at least one of the games coming up without our manager being on the bench, because not only was the Frenchman sent away from the touchline for his vehement and vocal complaints after Burnley were awarded a stoppage time penalty, but video evidence seems to show him arguing and maybe even pushing the fourth official Andrew Taylor as he was urging Wenger further down the tunnel.
Arsenal were so close to joining the list of Premier League big boys to come a cropper this weekend, after Liverpool lost and Man United, Tottenham and Man City only managed a point. The Gunners needed a 97 minute penalty to claim all three points off Burnley and what an important spot kick it was.
Once again the Arsenal and Switzerland international midfield star Granit Xhaka showed the reckless side of his game by launching into a rash, clumsy and fangerous tackle after giving the ball away cheaply and he was punished with yet another red card to make this home game against Burnley a lot tougher than it should have been for the last half an hour. And he will have been mightily relieved when Sanchez scored the match winning goal in the last minute.
I have to admit that I am very surprised to see that the Arsenal team to face Burnley in the Premier League today will not include any of the three Gunners who Arsene Wenger revealed earlier in the week were available again after their respective injury problems.
I am sure that most Arsenal fans will be expecting nothing less than a win from the Gunners today, and with Burnley bringing a pretty wretched away record with them to the Emirates today then a lot of fans will also be expecting lots of goals and a stroll for the lads today.
Arsenal can go second in the Premier League table, which would be good for the Gunners of course, because yesterday was one of those strange days when nothing went as planned or as the form guide would lead us to believe, with every single one of our main rivals for the title dropping points, or those who played anyway.
There was some good news for the Arsenal captain this week as Arsene Wenger confirmed that he was taking up the option of extending the contract of the former German international and World Cup winning defender Per Mertesacker. The boss was also full of praise for the gigantic centre back and what his defensive ability and perhaps more importantly his attitude and leadership skills bring to the club.
Next up for Arsenal in the Premier League is a home game against Burnley on Sunday and it is one we definitely have to win and also one that the Arsenal fans will be expecting to win with some ease, although things do not always work out the way we expect them to.