Before the Man United game, most Arsenal fans were regretting that Laurent Koscielny was taken out injured and were worried that Per Mertesacker would have to partner Gabriel in defence, but they held firm against the so-called deadly Man United attack force, and along with Petr Cech (5 shots – 5 saves) stopped the Red Devils from making any sort of comeback.
I do not like to harp on about Arsenal and how luck has not been on our side for a long time now, because it often sounds like sour grapes, while other people often say that luck evens itself out over the course of a season or two. But then again you hear people in the football world regularly saying that you need a bit of luck to win a title or a trophy.
You might think that the English FA felt that they should be careful not to do anything bad to Arsenal after the debacle with Mike Dean a couple of weeks ago when he got everything wrong, cost us a vital game and had to have his daft and biased decisions reversed after the game.
Because of the way that he has begun his football career in the Premier League with a bang, Arsenal will certainly be looking at the Manchester United new boy Anthony Martial as one of the major dangers when Louis van Gaal and his players arrive at the Emirates stadium on Sunday.
Wenger picked the right team against Olympiakos – They didn’t perform.. by LP9
I simply don’t understand when some Arsenal fans mention that Wenger clearly underestimated or “gambled” against the Olympiakos team… because he was giving more importance in mind the Man United match at Sunday.
The Arsenal and Brazil international centre back Gabriel still has an FA charge to answer, despite the English football authorities´ decision to uphold the club´s appeal against the red card shown to him by Mike Dean at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Arsenal vice/captain and centre back Per Mertesacker has certainly been in the wars recently. The German World Cup winner had to miss the Premier League games against Liverpool and Newcastle United before the international break after picking up some mystery illness.
The fact that Per Mertesacker was not even on the bench for Arsenal today tells you that he was not ready for some reason. We do not yet know the reason but the giant German had been ill and was perhaps not quite fit enough to risk. Arsenal have two more games coming up in the week ahead and hopefully Mertesacker will be available for them.