By 1970's Gooner
There are of course mitigating circumstances for that defeat in Zagreb.
Firstly, the number of changes Wenger made were to keep those players happy having been out of first team action for so long. He may have promised them that (especialy to Ospina). He was also resting key players for the Chelsea game.
As a result there was no homogeneity in the team and the players played as though they hardly knew each other.
Secondly the full backs were not really match fit. Debuchy allowed the scorer too much space (and the Ox failed to track back). And Gibbs was too tired to jump for that corner!!
Thirdly Giroud and the ref were too stupid. It meant that the chance to get back in the game was gone.
And lastly Arteta was non existent! How did Wenger think that he could be Coquelin's cover, in case he is absent at any point in time, is beyond me.
We simply had no defensive cover throughout the game. It reminded me when Arteta was first choice a couple of seasons ago and our midfield was like a sink riddled with holes where the water met no resistance going through.
It became so obvious that when Coquelin came on we suddenly started pressing hard in midfield, winning the ball and setting on the attacks again. And all this WITH TEN MEN. In fact we were better with 10 than 11!
Is this the reason Wenger rejected Schneiderlin? To keep Arteta as a cover for Coquelin?!!!!
Bad decision Mr Wenger.