When the Arsenal and Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez limped off the pitch towards the end of our away game against Norwich City at the end of November, it was clear that it was not an injury that would allow him back just a week or two later, but at the same time it was not expected to keep him out of action for two months.
Everyone concerned with Arsenal will be happy and relieved tonight because we desperately needed to stop the rot. After a fantastic December and festive period, our Premier League title challenge seemed to have hit the skids with just three points taken from four EPL games and no goals in the last three.
We all know that the Arsenal and Germany international star Mesut Ozil is having obne hell of a season in an Arsenal shirt. Because of ouy loyalty to the badge, however, no matter how good we think the creative player is there is always a sense that we might just be seeing things through rose tinted glasses.
Arsene Wenger did not come out and directly criticise some of the Arsenal players that have been struggling recently, but you do not need a microscope to read between the lines of what the manager was talking to Arsenal Player about as the Gunners prepare to head south to take on AFC Bournemouth, desperately needing a win to get our Premier League title challenge rolling again.
It is not just the Arsenal centre forward Olivier Giroud that is responsible for putting the ball in the back of the net for the Gunners, of course, and the stats show you that the France international is actually doing his job very well this season when it comes to converting chances.