The news that Jack Wilshere is taking longer than expected to recover from his ankle injury will have Arsenal fans feeling an icy sensation of dread, as the last time we heard that sort of thing, it was 17 months on the sidelines for the Gunners star.
Victor Wanyama is one of the players linked with a summer transfer to Arsenal to fill the troublesome position of defensive midfielder, and his manager at Celtic, Neil Lennon, admitted that they are not too confident of being able to keep the 21-year old at Parkhead for another season. The manager was speaking after Celtic went out of the Champions League following defeat by Juventus last night.
Defensive Frailties by PW
As you have invited thoughts from Gooners these are mine.
Sunday’s result was our local derby and means far more to them than us so I tend to dismiss it as another defeat and much less serious than defeats to Norwich (who were on the crest of a slump when we played them), Bradford and Blackburn which were morale sapping.
Arsenal suffered their third defeat in four games yesterday to leave them seven points behind Tottenham with just ten games remaining in the Premier League, and the Gunners now face an uphill battle to get back into the Top Four and qualify for the Champions League.
Abou Diaby did not recover to make the Arsenal squad, so Arsene Wenger chose to start Aaron Ramsey alongside Arteta with Wilshere in his more advanced role. It was clear from the start that Ramsey would play his normal game and not just try to stop Bale from influencing the game.