It is at that point in the season now where the games are coming thick and fast as we prepare for tomorrow nights crucial clash at home to Olympiacos. The win at Leicester, more specifically the manner of the win at Leicester, should see the team full of confidence; there are no two ways about it we need the 3 points. Our recent home record in Europe doesn't make for great reading seen as we have only won 6 of our last 12 ties at the Emirates, which is extremely disappointing for a club such as Arsenal's. Wenger has had his say, via The Guardian;
“You have to win home games if you want to qualify, it is as simple as that,We cannot afford to drop points against anybody at home.”
“We are now in a position where we do not want to talk too much about the statistics, we just want to win our games and I’m confident we will,”
On the injury front things aren't looking too good for the match, with doubts over a few key players, particularly in the defensive midfield position, from Arsenal.com;
On Coquelin returning to training…
"He has been back since yesterday and I will have to see how he responds to two days of training, but he looks alright".
On Flamini and Arteta…
"Both have slight muscular problems, but I think Flamini has a scan today and Arteta certainly as well"
On Gabriel back but no Giroud due to suspension…
On whether Flamini or Arteta are serious injuries…
"No, they are not big injuries. It is a question of days".
If I was the manager I wouldn't risk Coquelin for tomorrow nights match as we have that huge game against United at the weekend, as he really has become a pivotal member of the team. You would be hard pressed to go back and find a game in which the Frenchman was poor; he always works hard and the rest takes care of itself.
As the manager said above getting the win is crucial, but especially given the fact that we then face two games against Bayern Munich, which will obviously be very difficult to get much out of. If we don't win tomorrow the pressure going into both those matches would be overwhelming, so let's hope the team can get the win we need and produce another performance akin to Saturdays display of attacking, fluid football. Read my piece on the Leicester game here.
Right that will do for now, have a good one!
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