One of the big decisions for Arsene Wenger as Arsenal prepared for this evening’s potentially decisive Champions League group game against PSG was what to do about his forward line. Despite the fact that Alexis Sanchez has been doing well in the new role of centre forward it was getting increasingly hard to ignore the claims of Olivier Giroud.
The Arsenal and Colombian international star David Ospina has so far been the man with the gloves for all of the Champions League games the Gunners have played this season, and to be fair to him there has been no reason for anyone to criticise the manager’s decision.
Arsene Wenger was in now way suggesting that Arsenal should take it easy in our Champions League group game at home to PSG tonight, as he has called on his players to finish the job they have started by already securing a place in the next round by getting the result against the French champions to make sure that we finish on top of group A.
The French international centre forward should certainly be in the good books of Arsene Wenger at the moment, after Olivier Giroud came to the rescue off the bench once again at the weekend with a brilliant late header to earn a point at Manchester United that did not look likely as the end of the match approached.
There is some injury news ahead of the Champions League clash between Arsenal and PSG you say? Well that will be more problems for the Gunners then right? Actually for one it is not, as of the two clubs fighting it out for control of group A it is the French champions that were handed problems on the injury front ahead of this European tie.
You could say that Arsenal were lucky to come away from Paris with a point when we faced PSG in the Champions League back in September, although many will point to fact that their Uruguayan international striker Edinson Cavani and all the chances he missed was the main reason for them not sealing the win before Alexis Sanchez pulled us level.
Whereas the last Premier League game before the international break was a bit unlucky for Arsenal, as we took the lead in the north London derby but were held to a draw by Tottenham thanks to a soft penalty awarded by the referee Mark Clattenburg, I think it is safe to say that Arsenal got the right side of the luck at Old Trafford yesterday.
Arsenal have to make sure that we get all three points against Tottenham in the north London derby first, but with us in great form and the spuds having a torrid time you have to make us big favourites on Sunday. That would be a great start for the Gunners as we try to put the tradition of struggling during the month of November firmly to one side.