So Arsenal are half going for it tonight with a side that is more than good enough to beat the Swiss Champions, and I am just a little surprised at how many first team players Wenger has chosen to start the match.
Arsenal head into the final Champions League group match against FC Basel and will be hoping that they can secure the win against a team that’s proven tough to beat for English opponents.
So we come to Arsenal’s final Champions League Group game and the team are on their way to Switzerland. There is very little chance of the Gunners topping the group, but Wenger has admitted he will be taking all the same players that travelled to West Ham last week with him, with one exception. “It’s basically the same squad,” Le Prof confirmed. “Coquelin has been replaced by Olivier Giroud in the squad. So, overall, it’s about stability.”
Arsenal make the short trip across London to take on West Ham in tonight’s evening game.
The Hammers have struggled so far this term, with their new stadium not proving to be as beneficial to their team’s form as it has been to the club’s income. West Ham can boast only two wins from their six home matches this term, one of which was aided by a red card.
Arsenal were still considered possible title challengers before we visited the Hammers in the League, and when we raced into a 2-0 lead everything was looking good. Then along came Andy Carrol who made our defence look amateur with three goals to put West Ham in the lead. Luckily Laurent Koscielny popped up with an equaliser at the death, but one point was simply not enough.
Arsenal have been performing extremely well this season, and have gone 12 games unbeaten in the League since our opening day defeat to Liverpool, but as usual very few pundits, or even Arsenal fans, think that we can actually go on and lift the trophy at the end of the season.
Arsenal in December: Man City and Everton to test title credentials
Arsenal head into December’s football in an excellent position both domestically and on the continent, with tickets in high demand and a good run of fixtures to help the Gunners shape their title charge.
So Arsenal are aiming for their 20th game in a row unbeaten against Southampton at the Emirates tonight, and it is fully expected that there will be another slew of changes from the weekend’s game against Bournemouth. The Saints are sitting comfortably in mid table so I expect them to play their very best team in an attempt to reach the League Cup semi final, so it will certainly not be an easy one for our makeshift side. “It’s an opportunity to try to win something,” the Saints boss Claude Puel said. “The last game against Everton was a fantastic game, with good intensity and a good physical level.”