Schalke 04 tonight at The Emirates and I don’t think there is anyone who wouldn’t want to see us batter them, giving us all the much-needed lift we need after the weekend.
Laurent Koscielny has overcome his backache and returns to the squad but this looks to be another fixture which has come too early for Sagna, Wilshere or Frimpong.
Yesterday, Wenger said:
We will see how they recover but 48 hours later is too dangerous.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also misses out tonight after picking up an injury at the weekend. Apparently one of the coaching staff is still looking into the big black hole which Rosicky, Diaby and Szczesny seem to have fallen into, goodness knows when they will be found and returned!!
Good news is Theo Walcott is back in training and should be fit for the weekend, but not tonight, Gibbs also misses out tonight but should be back on Saturday.
Arsenal have had a good start to the Champion’s League campaign as far as results go.
We have beaten Montpellier 2-1 in France and earlier this month we beat Olympiakos 3-1 at The Emirates.
Tonight will be a difficult fixture, or that we can be sure, hopefully because of that, the squad might be a little more focussed on the job ahead tonight and realsie that they actually need to put a bit of effort in for 90+ minutes.
If they don’t, we’ll get a battering by a side who will be high on confidence after they beat Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
But they too have their own injury concerns ahead of tonight’s fixture.
Attacking midfielder Julian Draxler, 19, is a major doubt having broken his wrist earlier this month and defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos is a doubt after more than two weeks out with chicken pox.
Schalke haven’t lost an away fixture in the Bundesliga League so far this season, but when it comes to playing in England in the Champions League, they can’t buy a win.
Schalke defender Benedikt Hoewedes:
It won’t be easy for us, in London we’ll have to throw everything into the pot (but) with our fans behind us, I’m sure we can get a good result.
The last time we played Schalke in England it was at Highbury in the 2001/02 season, a game we won 3-2…
Lewis Holtby will be on show tonight and he would love to join us:
For me it was always a dream to play in the Premier League and it was always a team like Arsenal that I would like to play for.
Holtby’s contract is up in the summer.
Fans favourite Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will also be out to prove a point and he’s another player who has been linked to Arsenal more times than I have had hot dinners.
Would be good wouldn’t it if both did enough to convince Arsene Wenger to sign them but not enough to take any points back to Germany…. ;)
Afellay will be on show too whilst on loan from Barcelona, another player linked to us most transfer windows.
Oh well, no idea which Arsenal side will turn up, but at least they won’t have jet-lag as it’s a home fixture, unlike Saturday after their 14 minute flight to Norwich…
Let’s just hope they give all the home fans and those watching on television something to cheer up about in relation to Arsenal, we certainly need it don’t we?
We more than deserve it too!!
That’s it for another day…..