It would be just about typical of the way things go for Arsenal in the Champions League if we were to rest all of the key players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for the final group game away to Basel, only for PSG to mess up and fail to win at home to Ludogorets Razgrad.
Former England internationals Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand have moved to share their disappointment at Aaron Ramsey’s supposed play-acting in Arsenal’s Champions League encounter with Paris Saint-Germain last night.
‘There is no reason to panic’ is what the Arsenal boss said in his comments after watching the Gunners pegged back to a 2-2 draw in the crucial Champions League home tie against PSG last night. Well I am sorry Mister Wenger but I have to disagree with your words reported by Arsenal.com and not because the result means that we are almost certainly going to be in the runners up pot for the 7th year in a row when the knockout draw is made.
Paris Saint-Germain travel to London to take on Arsenal tonight, in a match which should decide who wins their respective Champions League group.
The French side come into the game with much improved form having won 10 of their last 12 matches in all competitions, having started the campaign out of sorts. The last time we took on PSG they had a draw and a loss coming into the game, and will be much more confident for the rematch.
When Arsenal take on Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow it will be just the third game of the month and there will still be three games left for the Gunners to play in November, so to say that we have to beat United tomorrow in an away game we have not won for 10 years in the Premier League to avoid this being another nightmare month may seem a bit harsh.
Of course everyone connected with Arsenal Football Club would prefer it if Alexis Sanchez was on the pitch when our important Premier League clash with Manchester United kicks off at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, but not if it leads to a long spell on the injury list for such a crucial player.
We are likely to find out more over the next few days on the subject of Hector Bellerin, after the talented young right back was forced to withdraw from the Spain under 21 national team last week when he picked up an ankle injury. The sports injury website physioroom.com the Spaniard is pencilled in to be fit again on December 3rd, whereas the team news on the Arsenal website does not even have him as part of our injury list.
I know that the central midfield area is probably the strongest part of the current Arsenal squad, with options like Aaron Ramsey and the on loan Jack Wilshere to come back and fight for their places with the likes of Granit Xhaka, Elneny and Coquelin.