By 1970’s Gooner
Look at Chelsea’s injury list and compare it to Arsenal’s. You will see that Arsenal have seven players out whereas Chelsea have one! A certain M Van Ginkel.
Arsenal’s players out are strong candidates for a start in a PL match.
S Gnabry, Ankle/Foot Injury, 2nd Nov 13
M Flamini, Groin/Pelvis Injury, 23rd Nov 13
T Walcott, Abdominal Strain, 10th Nov 13
Y Sanogo, Back Injury, 10th Nov 13
L Podolski, Hamstring Injury, 10th Nov 13
A Oxlade-Chamberlain Knee Injury, no return date
So I get irate when the consensus on the game in The League Cup against Chelsea was that their reserves were better than Arsenal’s! They are not when everyone is fit. They were on Tuesday night of course.
One aspect that they would have been better on any night is their organization and discipline. I think that this is what Mourinho and his back room staff are probably better than Arsenal’s.
You saw that even if they were playing with a second eleven they had a professionalism about them and each player knew what they were supposed to do at any given situation. Even newly arrived Willian was chasing back to cover for his defence. I was impressed.
Where the press is right however is that Arsenal are light in two very key positions lacking adequate back up players.Giroud and Flamini of course have been crucial so far.
Flamini’s absence is very hurtful. We don’t have any other player that can play that selfless destructive role in front of the defence.
And he is out till the 23rd of November, during our most important period where we take on Liverpool, Man Utd and Dortmund among others.Which means that in order to come out of this period relatively unscathed we will need to get the better of our opponents by outplaying them in a kind of “total football” where movement, flexibility, ball possession and speed of play force them into submission.
Just as we did against Napoli at the Emirates.It will be an either all or nothing situation for Arsenal I am afraid. But if it is all rather than nothing then we will make a very strong statement that the title will be ours.