Arsenal’s draw against Sporting Lisbon was spoiled with a horrendous injury to the main man, Danny Welbeck. He was challenging for a cross and it looked like his ankle crunched with an awkward fall. The man is the unluckiest guy at Arsenal. Absolutely awful to see.
The added layer of toughness is this: his deal runs out in the summer. I know Arsenal aren’t a charity, but it’s going to be tough not to have a heart for someone whose money will dry up in June with an awful injury.
What do you do there? I trust in Arsenal here. Not like the man hasn’t gone all out for us whenever he’s been given a chance.
As for the game, what can you say? Sporting didn’t register a shot on target in either leg, we’re on top of the group, we’ve qualified in that position if we finish off the next two games without hiccup.
There was additional bad news as Stephen Lichtsteiner proved that despite protest, his body isn’t actually that of a 28-year-old as he pulled up with a strain. I can recognise his leadership skills, but it does seem quite irresponsible of us to have had him as back up this season. We’re going to struggle on the right if we don’t address the weakness this January. AMN will help there, but it’s not his natural position.
There’s not really that much to talk of regarding moments on the pitch. No one really stood out, though I did think we were worthy of the win after creating some good chances, particularly in the second half.
The positives are that we’re unbeaten in 15 games. We drew after making 9 changes. It’s also very tough for a team to pick themselves up after a horrific injury to a teammate, as Emery pointed out.
“The worst news is injuries. He was working well, having a good game, he had a chance to score. When you are playing football, when you are playing competitive matches, it can happen. You don’t want that.
“But that is our profession. When a player is having an injury like that the players on the pitch look at it, and in your mind you are thinking of the player. At the end of the match the players asked for him.”
The most important game is this Sunday. Wolves are going to stretch us after a European game, so we have to be motivated and sharp. That game is a real banana skin. Lots of good players, lots of potential. All very exciting. Still can’t believe we’re not 19 points behind as we usually are at this stage of the season.
Right, that’s me done. See you in the comments for a fight. x