Arsenal are no exception in modern football in the amount of people there are working behind the scenes. Almost every aspect of the game is analysed these days and with every effort taken to get the best possible results out of the individual players and the team as a whole.
The young Arsenal and England defender Calum Chambers may have had the sort of game he would rather forget on Monday against Liverpool, and he has taken his fair share of stick for is as well, but I do not think that it will mean a great deal in the long term.
I think we can safely assume that this weekend will see Arsenal come up against a more adventurous and forward thinking Newcastle United team to the one that worked hard and sat back to hold Man United to a no score draw at OLd Trafford last Saturday.
It was typical of the bad luck that seems to hang around Arsenal Football Club like the bitter sense of jealousy hangs around White Hart Lane, that right before a difficult and crucial game we lost both of our first choice centre backs.
You would say that losaing one of your first choice centre backs just before a huge and possibly key game in the Premier League, so for Arsenal to lose both Lautrent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker must be seen as a complete nightmare and brings back all those horrible momories of the ongoing injury problems that have ravaged Arsenal for years.
Unless there is a fitness problem with one of them, the Arsenal centre back pairing to face Liverpool this evening is almost certain to consist of the usual suspects Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. Whether you agree with him or not, it is clear that Arsene Wenger is happy with them and would probably play them in every game if he could.
It does not really matter who I or other Arsenal fans think should be in Arsenal’s starting XI to face Liverpool tonight, as Arsene Wenger will stick to his favourite line up for as long as possible until injuries or midweek games force his hand. There were no new injuries and no returning stars to affect his decisions today.
So far it is looking like Petr Cech will be Arsenal’s only high-profile signing of the season, and after our embarrassing defeat to West Ham it was looking debatable as to whether the predictions that he would gain us 12 points a season were to become true.