The anti-Wenger brigade was out in full force this weekend. In inexcusable fashion they attacked Le Professeur as if he had just been found guilty at the Old Bailey and was walking past the gallery to serve his life sentence.
After Saturdays annual horror show at the Britannia Stadium, Arsenal can forget about their woes in the Premier League and have a European break in Turkey.
Arsenal play a Galatasaray team who have accumulated just one point from their previous five games; cementing forth in the group and their exit from all European competitions. In contrast Arsenal have qualified from the group, but need a minor miracle to finish top and avoid a familiar unkind draw in the knockout round.
To top the group The Gunners need to win and hope that Anderlecht, who have guaranteed Europa League qualification, win in Germany against Borussia Dortmund. All this looks very unlikely for Arsenal, I very much hope there are wholesale changes
I’m praying Alexis Sanchez gets to watch from his living room, feet up, Sky Sports on; with his astonishing girlfriend taking care of him. He has undoubtedly been our star for the season, but has looked leggy in the last couple of games.
The intimidating Turk Telekom Arena is no place to find form. The raucous crowd combined with the travel to Turkey, won’t help the likes of Aaron Ramsey rediscover his blistering form from last season which hasn’t been seen for some time now.
If I was in charge, I’d try and leave as many first team players in London as possible; With the exception of players short of fitness. I hope to see the recently returning Olivier Giroud play 90 minutes.
To be perfectly honest if I were in Arsene Wengers shoes I’d be thinking about sitting this one out myself. The disgusting abuse he received from supposed Arsenal fans as he boarded the train home from Stoke is unacceptable and very undeserved.
Yes I want more from the club. Yes we should have signed a defender and defensive midfielder in the summer. Yes we should have performed far better in the first half against Stoke. But calling our 65 year old manager a “c###” won’t change a thing.
I hope an Arsenal B team get a solid win in Turkey but more importantly I hope the fans who were apart of the scenes at stoke are banished from the club. That sort of behaviour and negativity is definitely not what we need right now and hopefully I am not the only one who won’t stand for it.