I’m not sure that too many Arsenal fans would agree with the latest utterings from Arsene Wenger. He quite clearly states that the fact that his team plays “good football” is more important than “getting the result”. Maybe it is easy to say that when his Gunners have just tucked five goals away against an in-form Leicester side and beaten Tottenham at White Hart Lane as an added bonus.
Arsenal’s latest hero Mathieu Flamini is ecstatic about scoring both goals in the Gunners 2-1 win over Tottenham last night. It may be the first time he has scored a brace but it’s definitely not the first time he has played against Spurs, and he knows how important this fixture is, not just for him but especially for the Arsenal fans. “The two goals were for them,” he said after the game.
There are very few Arsenal fans that would have predicted that Matthieu Flamini would be the star of the show in last night’s North London derby at White Hart Lane, but the Frenchman surprised us all by being the hero of the hour. His spectacular match-winning strike was a joy to watch and even Arsene Wenger was surprised at his performance.
Arsene Wenger is likely to ring the changes to the Arsenal team for the Capital One cup game this week, although after losing our last two games and having to face our local rivals Tottenham in the cup, he is likely to resist his usual tactic of playing a lot of young Gunners.
It does appear to be good news about the knee injury picked up by Francis Coquelin in the Arsenal game at Chelsea, with the early rumours suggesting that the midfielder could be out for a month proving to be wrong. But even though Coquelin should be back in action very soon, he will not be available for the Capital One cup game against Tottenham tomorrow.
Arsenal have lost their last two games and are trying to avoid a third in tomorrow’s Capital One Cup game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but, conversely, Spurs have won their last three and are keen to keep their run going. Maurice Ponchettino’s men reached the League Cup semi-final last season so they are sure to be keen to go one step further this time, and Jan Vertonghen is quite confident going into this North London Derby.
The fact that Arsenal did not buy a new DM over the summer has dominated the JustArsenal comments for the last few months, and everyone thought that Arsene Wenger was definitely at fault, a view that looked vindicated when we saw Francis Coquelin limping against Chelsea after landing badly on his knee.
I know that a lot of Arsenal fans will disagree with me on this one, as we never want to lose a game to our north London rivals Tottenham, but I think we have to be realistic about this and say that the Capital One Cup game at White Hart Lane on Monday night is way down on our list of priorities.