Jurgen Klopp will be missing from the dugout when we face Dortmund in just over a couple of weeks time. He was missing at the Marseille match but his side still romped past the French side but we are stronger than Marseille and should his side be on the back foot Klopp won’t be able to give any words of wisdom at half-time and that can make a difference.
Certainly in a few of our recent matches when we have started slowly, a few words from Arsene Wenger at the break has seen our players come out in the second half and secured all three points…
Before then though we have to face West Brom away, another tough fixture and Arsene Wenger confirmed that Bacary Sagna underwent a scan yesterday after suffering a slight hamstring niggle during the Napoli game. Reports in the newspapers this morning suggest that all was not good news and he’s out for at least two weeks.
In theory, that means he’ll miss WBA, both France fixtures and then back for the home game against Norwich. That should result in Carl Jenkinson stepping in to cover.
Both Santi Cazorla and Yaya Sanogo are pencilled in to return after the international break too.
Another topic Arsene Wenger has been discussing is the fans:
What is positive is that the team plays better when the environment is positive. We played in a sceptical environment last year and that does not create a great level of confidence. What has changed recently for sure is that our environment is positive, our fans believe in us again.
That of course is very important if we want to be successful, if you feel your fans believe in you and they think that you are good. I’ve said many times that I feel it’s important for the team to feel that the fans stand behind the team.
On my side, my job I see the other way – it’s not for the fans to make me happy, it’s my job to make the fans happy. I feel I do that if they stand behind the team, because that gives you the feeling that they have done something right.
Well, Arsene Wenger certainly made the fans happy when he signed Mesut Ozil but it goes deeper than any one player. The fans are happy because the manager is getting it right on the pitch and that’s showing not only in our results but in our performances. We finally appear to be a unit, each and every player is working hard for himself and for the greater good, which is the team and it’s paying off.
We are organised at the front, in the middle and at the back and players are talking more, especially Mathieu Flamini and Per Mertesacker.
The Frenchman has brought stability to our midfield in my opinion, the gaping hole through the middle of the park has shrunk and with him in the midfield, other players are able to press further up the pitch. Maybe that’s why Aaron Ramsey is scoring more goals?
Ok he still has to finish the move and score which he’s doing for fun right now but maybe Arsene Wenger has allowed him more freedom to attack because Mr Reliable is right there to protect him.
Talking of Flamini, he’s enjoying the new Arsenal:
I think everyone knew Arsenal have a lot of qualities. But this year we are showing we have the fighting spirit, everyone is helping each other and it makes the difference because of course in a season you have some good periods and some difficult periods.
I still can’t believe I didn’t want Arsene Wenger to re-sign him but still, we don’t have to be right all the time eh..
All looks pretty good right now and long may that remain as we head towards another boring international break .
That’s it for another day, have a good one….