After the pretty poor and passive way that Arsenal were sent out of the EFL cup at home to Southampton last night, Arsene Wenger and the fans will be hoping that the Gunners can fire again this weekend and bounce back where it really matters the most, the Premier League.
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A great game was played yesterday although the result was not in Arsenal’s favour, and the most annoying thing was that the Arsenal defence allowed Andy Carroll to be completely dominant in our penalty area. Arsene Wenger does not think that we were just unlucky that Carroll was on top form, but rather that our defence has been weak at dealing with these situations all season.
I have just seen the post match comments from Arsene Wenger after Arsenal let a two goal lead slip away to West Ham and needed a third goal just to get a point from a game that we surely had to win to stay in the Premier League title race.
Arsene Wenger would have had to hand in his Arsenal team selection before he knew how West Ham would line up today, but even though the big centre forward has not started a Premier League game for about three months, I could have told Wenger that Andy Carroll would start against us today.
Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players do not need to be told that the Premier League match at West Ham this weekend is a must win game, because every game from now on, and even before the recent international break, are must win games for the Gunners to have any chance of the EPL title this season.
First of all, I have to make it clear that Arsenal, as usual, are facing more injury problems than our next opponents. I cannot remember a game this season where that has not been the case but it has become so regular for the Gunners that we have just go used to it.
The good news for Arsenal on the injury front is not about our Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey unfortunately. We don’t know for sure yet but it looks like the midfielder will miss at least a month after he suffered a similar hamstring problem to the one that kept him out for six weeks earlier in the season.