Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker have already admitted that Arsenal were very lucky to beat Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon. The first bit of luck was when the Gunners were awarded a penalty in the 6th minute, and subsequent slow-motion replays showed that the foul was actually committed otside the box.
Thoughts on Arsenal for 2015 by DN
Happy New Year Arsenal fans. Despite the fact that 2015 got off to a pretty terrible start, I am trying to stay positive and although the chances of us winning the Premier League title seem to be all done and dusted, we are still in Europe with a decent chance of going further against the French club Monaco.
Wenger should not take so much blame from Arsenal fans by Sam P
I know that I am not the only Arsenal fan to still think that Arsene Wenger is the right manager to take the club forward and should be getting respect from the Arsenal fans rather than having to run a gauntlet of abuse as he gets on a train, but sometimes it feels like I am a lone voice in the wilderness.
There is no doubt whatsoever that Arsenal’s chances in the home leg against Bayern Munich were destroyed by the referee. Whether he was right or wrong to send off Wojciech Szczesny, when Robben seemed to have tipped the ball quite far away from goal, is not the dicussion here. The fact is that it ruined the rest of the game for the neutrals and completely turned the tide against the Gunners.
We are still all in shock after Arsenal’s defeat to Stoke yesterday, and Arsene Wenger thinks that his strike force was ineffectual, but the defeat was simply down to a bad decision by the referee who awarded Stoke a penalty.
Let’s not kid ourselves Arsenal fans, Bayern Munich are strong favourites to retain their Champions League crown this season for good reason. They may be without Franck Ribery, Shaqiri and Badstuber but they have an awesome array of talent and the Gunners, as Per Mertesacker declared, will need to perform brilliantly and for things to go our way if Arsenal are to make the quarter-finals.
Arsenal head to Aston Villa tonight needing a win to go back to the top of the Premier League. Chelsea rode their luck a bit in the first half against Hull and came out winners, then Manchester City survived a tough test away to Newcastle, so Arsenal are back in third and have to win at Villa Park.
All Arsenal fans have got used to Arsene Wenger failing to see errors by his own team on the pitch, but blaming the referee when opponents get away with the slightest infringement, but after last nights game, it would seem that Wenger is correct in saying that Chelsea were helped by Mike Dean’s decisions.