“It wouldn’t surprise me if we went unbeaten for the whole season”
All eyes set to Russia… Or not!
The eyes and minds of The Arsenal faithful are focused on the second tie of the Europa league fixture against CSKA Moscow in Russia on Thursday night. Considering the current form in the side, who’s to say we can’t dream of a fairytale ending to this ermm…let me get back to you on that adjective to describe the 2017/18 season. The Gunners have gone on a winning streak since that abyssal performance against Brighton in February and to be brutally honest, optimism remains a scarce commodity amongst the Arsenal faithful. It would seem as though one is simply waiting for the proverbial “other shoe” to drop whenever The North London side are in action. Interview (Arsene Wenger, Aug 2002):
Even though it took a whole year before that prediction came through in the year of the Invincibles 2003/04, that foresight as well as the eye of the tiger attributes have all faded away gradually over the years ever since his attention was divided in various departments other than the pitch largely due to the loss of Mr Arsenal David Dein but that is a story for another time. Back to the present, having put CSKA Moscow to the sword at the Emirates in the first leg of the Quarter final tie with an aggregate scoreline of 4-1, one would easily expect the journey to Russia should be a formality but we are talking football and more importantly Arsenal.
Looking at the game at the Emirates, it was evident that CSKA Moscow are a side capable of scoring goals as players like Leicester star Ahmed Musa was particularly wasteful infront of goal. Hopefully that trend continues for them on Thursday as the Gunners need all the help they can get. In other news, diminutive midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan will not only miss the game on Thursday, but may be sidelined for a while with a possible medial knee ligament injury. Wouldn’t be fair to mention that first leg tie against CSKA Moscow without giving due recognition to Özil’s assist and Aaron Ramsey’s finish over the goalkeeper. The only question left to ask is do we really want to qualify for the Champions league so soon again under Wenger? I… 10-2 shy away from such optimism.