Despite Arsenal having kept another clean sheet as we put six past the Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad, there was some criticism of the team’s defensive performance in the Champions League this week. Both Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi had a couple of hairy moments and if it was not for some last ditch tackles and some great work in goal from David Ospina, things could have been different.
Arsene Wenger did not come out and completely confirm the recent Arsenal transfer rumours about the big wage demands of the club’s two biggest names Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, with both the German and the Chilean currently in talks over new contracts with the club, but he did seem to suggest in an Evening Standard report that they were likely to be getting more money and being the best paid Arsenal players if they do sign new deals.
First of all I think that we Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger should be feeling some rare gratitude towards Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United players today, after they frustrated Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield. Not only did that 0-0 draw stop the scousers from joining Arsenal on 19 Premier League points, but it may have dealt a heavy blow to the ominous looking momentum that Liverpool were building.
Both of these two Arsenal stars have played their part in getting the Gunners back on track after a disappointing start to the season, in terms of the Premier League at least as we lost to Liverpool at home before drawing away to Leicester City.
Some Arsenal fans and football watchers did not have much sympathy for the Switzerland international star Granit Xhaka after he was shown his marching orders at the weekend by referee John Moss for a late and cynical tackle on the Swansea City player Modou Barrow.
Although some Arsenal fans and plenty of people in the football press have been hammering the Switzerland international Granit Xhaka for his performance against Swansea City in which he was sent off for a tackle on Modou Barrow, the manager was quick to back his big summer signing.
I really have no idea if the Arsenal and Spain international defender Nacho Monreal was just having an off day in our home win over Swansea City at the Emirates stadium this weekend, but I do know that the Spaniard was way off his best and I am sure that it did not escape the notice of Arsene Wenger either.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed the red card that Granit Xhaka received today was on the harsh side.
The Gunners stuttered over the finish line to take away the full three points today, and a red card threatened to disrupt their hopes of doing just that.