Arsene Wenger has already given us some advance warning about what sort of Arsenal team we are likely to see lined up against tonight’s visitors to the Emirates stadium for the quarter-final of the EFL cup, as reported on the Arsenal website.
The big news from the current international break from an Arsenal point of view involves our on-loan midfield star Jack Wilshere, who has been brought back into the fold by the temporary manager Gareth Southgate after getting some regular game time with his current club AFC Bournemouth.
Maybe it is because we are so used to Arsenal being plagued by injury problems year after year that it seems normal, but it does seem a bit odd that a lot of the talk in the football media in the build up to the north London derby this weekend is about the injury problems facing the Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
I was tempted to give my Arsenal Man of the Match award to Olivier Giroud for his super sub heroics and our central midfield warrior Francis Coquelin seriously impressed me again but it would be extremely harsh on the amazing Alexis Sanchez if I did not recognise the fact that he was the best player on the pitch by far and that he turns Arsenal fr4omn a good team into a great one.
There was a period in this match when Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger were thinkingh that it was going to be another of those days when Arsenal somehow failed to win a match that we should have won at a canter. But in the end the Gunners did win at a canter and the forgotten man Olivier Giroud can give himself a huge pat on the back for his part in the three points.
Unless Arsene Wenger is indulging in a bit of kidology with his rival manager, I am surprised to see that the Frenchman, instead of keeping his cards close to his chest like he normally does, has revealed a lot about the Arsenal team that will start the EFL cup match at home to Reading, as the latest team news on the Arsenal website has reported.
The clear and obvious priority for Arsenal this season is to fight for the Premier League title, with a decent run in the Champions League a close second, which would be greatly helped by finally finishing on top of our European group.
Hector Bellerin had to be subbed off during a qualifier for the Spain Under-21 side last week, and Arsenal had feared the worst about a potential ankle injury.
The right-back has been dropped back down to the Under-21 side after a campaign with the senior side at the European Championships, but was unable to complete the full 90 minutes against San Marino on Wednesday unfortunately.