Crisis? What crisis? by Sam P
Yet again, after two away defeats in a row, Arsenal fans are calling our situation a crisis and resurrecting the ‘Wenger Out’ articles. But let’s put things in perspective shall we?….
Our loss in Zagreb (with a team filled with reserves) was the result of referee errors and a petulant display by our reserve striker Olivier Giroud. This will have little effect on our Champions League Group where we will finish second as usual.
Our defeat (away at League Champions Chelsea) was also affected by dodgy refereeing and hinged on the ability of Diego Costa to wind up Gabriel. Until the sending off Arsenal had performed admirably. Also this defeat will have hardly any effect on our title challenge as we always lose at Stamford Bridge with Jose Mourinho in charge (as do most other teams). At least we gave them a run for their money this time…
So now we move on to Wednesday’s Capital One Cup game at White Hart Lane. As with Zagreb, I believe that Wenger will pick another much changed team, including even youngsters like Iwobi and Reine-Adelaide to give our first team a rest ahead of next weekends much more important clash with Leicester City. How many times have we all called this trophy a distraction to the main events and a “Mickey Mouse Cup”?
Aaron Ramsey said after the Chelsea game: “Of course. It’s not good enough for a club like Arsenal to lose two games in a row. Hopefully now we can put things right on Wednesday. It will be a feisty game with hopefully some goals in our favour.”
It is another game that we don’t want to lose, especially as it’s against the Spuds, but we certainly shouldn’t be worried if we do. We should play the reserves, hope they play well, and conserve our energy for Leicester.
If we lose THAT game we should start worrying….