Everyone is obviously disappointed with our 5-1 loss against Bayern Munich, although large sections of our fanbase weren’t really expecting us to get anything out of the game. Ex-Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas insists that the loss is not the end of the world though, and highlighted the importance of this weekend’s game with Tottenham, as reported by Sky Sports.
Nicholas claims our focus should be on the Premier League rather than the Champions League this season, which is why we need to ensure we are concentrating fully on the North London Derby this weekend.
“It’s a much more important game [against Tottenham],” he said.
“This is about survival in the Champions League at the moment. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. Arsenal’s seriousness this season is in the Premier League.”
Our injury crisis is worsening at the moment, but Nicholas is still confident about our prospects this season. He cited our excellent form as of late and the quality our star players have been showing, as well as our injured players who will be returning soon.
“Arsenal have a real momentum and belief that they can challenge for the Premier League this season,” Nicholas continued.
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“[Mesut] Ozil’s form is much improved, we know what [Alexis] Sanchez gives you, and [Olivier] Giroud gets another goal tonight. Of course in two weeks time, you’ll have [Theo] Walcott coming back, and [Aaron] Ramsey coming back.”
We could be facing a difficult few weeks, as we need to avoid further injuries and manage our fit players carefully. We can’t afford to ease the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the table, and need to ensure we are still competitive post Christmas.
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Hopefully Nicholas is right to be confident, and we can continue our excellent Premier League run with a win over Tottenham this weekend.