Despite the concerns over the fitness of the heavily worked forward Alexis Sanchez, not many Arsenal fans or football observers really expected Arsene Wenger to leave his star man out of the Arsenal starting line up for the away game at Norwich City today and so it is no surprise to see the Chilean´s name on Wenger’s team sheet.
After just one point from their last two League games, Arsenal really have to get back on track against Norwich City on Sunday just like they did in the Champions League this midweek. For a change our players will have had five days to prepare and, for a change Arsene Wenger will actually have to make some selection decisions.
Of course Arsene Wenger will point out that it was him that signed the French midfielder Mathieu Flamini for Arsenal in the first place, back when he was a promising 20-year old just breaking through into the Marseille first team. And I’m sure that the prof will say that he was also in charge when we took Flamini back a couple of years ago and kept him at the club this summer.
I was just watching the Champions League highlights again and while a lot of Arsenal fans, the players, the manager and most of the pundits on BT sport and in the papers yesterday were encouraged by the way the Gunners beat Dinamo Zagreb, our chances of making it into the next stage were given short shrift by Roy Keane on ITV.
So we all know the background as to our injuries and the fact that Arsenal need to beat Zagreb while Munich are destroying Olympiakos (we hope!). The fact that we will be without Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta is hardly materiel in what should be a routine win for the Gunners under normal circumstances.