Dinamo Zagreb, a team searching for their first Champions League victory in 16 years, are leading at half-time after what as been a disastrous 45 minutes from us.
Arsene Wenger chose to rest six of our first team starters, and that has shown in our performances with a sense of complacency at both ends of the pitch for us.
Our football was sluggish which gave the home crowd added impetus and after a number of hairy moments on the counter-attack, the Croatian side took the lead through what looked like an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain own goal.
We desperately miss Francis Coquelin’s presence in midfield with Mikel Arteta incapable of stopping a counter attack in its tracks with his physique.
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To compound our fortune, Olivier Giroud got himself sent off with two hideous bookings, despite the referee being slightly quick to get the cards out.
However, a player of his experience should know better in Europe and to lose here would put huge doubt on our qualification chances given Bayern Munich’s presence in our group.