Arsene Wenger may have decided ‘to hell with the Champions League this season‘ and opted to focus on the Premier League instead, but if he hasn’t, then Tuesday night’s clash with Dinamo Zagreb is undoubtedly a must-win.
If Olympiacos manage to get even a point against Bayern Munich then it won’t mean a thing, but assuming the Germans are able to get the win we can’t afford to drop points against the Croatians.
Unfortunately it could be a case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t for Arsene Wenger, as not only are the fans split when it comes to how we should be directing our focus this season, but if Wenger does go all out and Olympiacos get a point off the Bundesliga champions, then we’ll end up in the Europa League – noooooooo!
But aside from all the doom and gloom of this situation we’ve gotten ourselves into, let’s look at how the teams are shaping up.
We’ve still got oure multitude of injury problems, in fact they’ve even become worse ahead of the game.
Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta joined our long list of injuries (via Arsenal.com), with both players hobbling off against West Brom. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott are still unavailable relatively short term, while Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, and Tomas Rosicky are on the long term list. Aaron Ramsey has returned to full training, but it seems unlikely he’ll be ready to start against Zagreb – or perhaps even feature at all.
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The only absentee for Zagreb will be Josip Pivaric who’s suspended, and obviously Arijan Ademi who failed a drug test following our loss to the Croatians earlier this season (via the Daily Mail).
The players didn’t look in the best frame of mind against West Brom, and with one win in our last five games in all competitions we’re clearly not in the best form. It often goes in cycles though, and perhaps it’s time we were on our way up again.
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Despite the issues we’ve currently got going on, we should still beat Zagreb comprehensively. We just need to see what Wenger’s philosophy is going into the game.