What surprised me yesterday was reading the match reports doing the rounds on the back pages of the newspapers. Most of the ones I read were quite full of praise and supportive of Arsene Wengers view that Robert Lewandowski was very lucky to be on the pitch when he scored Dortmund’s winner.
The dust has no doubt settled now and hopefully Arsene Wenger and his players are back to holding their heads up and looking forward to another Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime.
As many fans pointed out, it was a narrow loss to Borussia Dortmund, not a defeat to Bradford, Blackburn, or some other club considered to be a team we should easily beat so all in the Arsenal camp need to dust themselves off, brush themselves down and move on. Fast!
The players are still the same, we are still top of the league and in both domestic cups. One result like Tuesdays, should not and must not change anything within the team, nor should it dent their confidence.
Only one thing matters now and that is a short trip across London…
The bad news ahead of the weekend is Ian Holloway parting company with Palace. If they appoint a new manager between now and then, it will no doubt lift the players They’ll all know that the slate has been wiped clean and those on the fringe of the first team will be out to prove they are worth a try and those already in, will want to prove they should stay.
We could have done without that…
Wonder if it will be ‘Arry? He loves a relegation battle!
Seriously, suggestion this morning is that Tony Pulis might be the man and we don’t want him sending the Palace players out to kick lumps out of us!
Jack Wilshere believes that Saturday’s game won’t be the walkover many fans might be tempted to think it is:
It will be tough away at Palace, it always is, they will fight for every ball and it will be a different game from Dortmund, but we still have to bounce back straight away.
We sure do need to bounce back and I fully expect us to do so…..
Bit of transfer gossip:
According to The Metro:
Arsenal have snapped up Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Matt Macey, beating Everton in the process. The 18-year-old moves to the Emirates Stadium after impressing Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff during a trial spell last month.
According to The Mirror:
‘Fernando Llorente is keen on a January move to Arsenal – to save his World Cup hopes. Juventus striker Llorente is on the Gunners’ hit-list of possible January deals to boost their squad and push for the Premier League title’.
What we need is Arsene Wenger to be keen on him, or someone else who is prepared to put on the red and white shirt and fight for everything our club deserves…..
That’s your lot for Thursday….