While Arsenal do have a lot more strength in depth to our squad these days, the injury situation and the outstanding ability of some of our players mean that it can be difficult for the manager at times if he wants to rotate the team for different matches and to rest the most important Arsenal stars.
It would be just about typical of the way things go for Arsenal in the Champions League if we were to rest all of the key players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for the final group game away to Basel, only for PSG to mess up and fail to win at home to Ludogorets Razgrad.
‘There is no reason to panic’ is what the Arsenal boss said in his comments after watching the Gunners pegged back to a 2-2 draw in the crucial Champions League home tie against PSG last night. Well I am sorry Mister Wenger but I have to disagree with your words reported by Arsenal.com and not because the result means that we are almost certainly going to be in the runners up pot for the 7th year in a row when the knockout draw is made.
If you were expecting Arsenal to come out flying to take this Champions League decider against PSG by the scruff of the neck then you will have been disappointed and dismayed by the first half display, apart from the final two minutes which saw Olivier Giroud score a penalty to level the score.
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.