Last December when Arsenal travelled to Stoke was probably one of the lowest points of Arsene Wenger’s reign at the club. Strangely enough Arsene had failed to buy a striker and a DM during the transfer window and the Gunners had suffered an awful start to the season, so desperately needed three points at the Britannia Stadium.
But Stoke flew into a 1-0 lead after just 20 seconds and were scarily 3-0 up before half-time. The banners had started to appear (remember – Thanks for the memories….) and there were fist fights between our own supporters. Arsenal staged a fight-back in the second half but the game ended with a 3-2 defeat.
Then worst of all, Wenger and his team were waylaid as they boarded the train home, with some “supporters” swearing and abusing Le Prof. The incident was videoed and was quickly released on youtube and was roundly condemned by the media and respectable Arsenal fans.
After that game, Arsenal rallied and won four and drew one of their next five games, and Wenger finally dragged the team back up to third place in the League and retained the FA Cup, but that has seemingly all been but forgotten….
Now we have Deja Vu… We are going through another “crisis” as Wenger has yet again failed to buy a striker or DM, and the fans are getting extremely angry after a very so-so start to the season, and who are our next opponents? Stoke of course!
Having only gained one point from our first two home games, we can only be nervous ahead of a visit from the “rugby team” and if Wenger cannot gain all three points from this encounter then all hell will break loose! Stoke are currently second bottom of the Premier League table and are without a win so far from their four games, but you can be sure they will give us a tough fight in every single meeting, given our chequered history, but this is one match that Arsene simply cannot afford to lose…..