When asked about Mesut Ozil and whether he is over his gaff from Wednesday night, Arsene Wenger said:
Is he alright now? Certainly not because 48 hours is a bit short to get over that.
Mesut must be feeling pretty low mustn’t he, he knows he had the perfect chance to get us a well deserved lead against Bayern but he fluffed his lines. I know it’s easy for us all to sit back and slate the old fool for his sloppy spot kick but just imagine how he’s feeling. He’s been getting a fair amount of stick over the last few weeks and this will not have done his confidence any good whatsoever.
I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him sit this match out, I hope he doesn’t as I’m a firm believer that when you fall of your horse, get right back on and ride again….
Just don’t take any more penalties, just as Dennis Bergkamp didn’t after 1999….
As the unveiling of the Dennis Bergkamp statue takes place today and with the old magician being present for the match, let’s hope the boys can go out there and give a long overdue top class league performance topped off with three well earned points.
Despite Sunderland occupying one of the relegation places right now, they will be a tough nut to crack I’m sure, especially after the effort the players had to put in on Wednesday night.
Kieran Gibbs is out with a buttock injury! Not quite sure what he’s done there but back in is Mikel Arteta.
Just who starts today remains to be seen as Arsene Wenger has confirmed there will be changes:
There will be changes – that’s for sure. How many I don’t know yet. I have to decide today after training and tonight.
No doubt Olivier Giroud will return and hopefully Lukas Podolski will start too. Serge Gnabry surely deserves a starting place too and we’ll need his direct style of play against a side who will try and defend as if their life depended on it.
Well we need to do the same all over the pitch. Play like the players life depended on this display and result because in my opinion, this match is far more important right now than the return fixture against Bayern Munich.
We are second in the league and need to keep on going until May and make sure we at least secure third place and that isn’t me being negative, it’s me being realistic.
The best way to do that is by securing three points today and just maybe those around us will start dropping a few points here and there…
That’s it for another day..