While a lot of the talk ahead this Premier League match has been about the protests planned by three different Arsenal fan groups, the comments about this from Arsene Wenger and the debate about the manager, the board and the owner Stan Kroenke and who is to blame for our problems, the Gunners do have the small matter of a game to0 win and it is very important that we do so if Arsenal are to ensure a place in the Champions League for next season.
So Wenger and the players really need to focus on the job at hand and with today’s visitors Norwich City being embroiled in a fierce battle to avoid the drop, that task is likely to be a tough one. The Frenchman has been backing his players and talking about their excellent attitude and character and it is time for them to step up and show that he is right to do so.
It is time for the players that Wenger has picked, including under pressure stars like Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker to stand up and be counted but I must say that I am a little surprised to see the same starting line up that failed to score at Sunderland last week.
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi
Subs: Gabriel, Wilshere, Ospina, Walcott, Cazorla, Welbeck, Coquelin.
It is good to see Santi Cazorla on the bench and hopefully we will see the Spaniard as well as Jack Wilshere at some point, but will Arsenal be able to give the fans something to shout about other than the protests?