Wenger elected to pick David Ospina instead of first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech at home to Olympiakos, but the Colombian committed a first-half howler, palming a corner into his own net, as Arsenal lost 3-2 to register a second consecutive Group F defeat.
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has admitted the Gunners will have “no chance” of progressing to the Champions League knock-out stages if they don’t improve following their disastrous defeat to Olympiakos.
“I mean, it wasn’t just Petr Cech who was rested”. No matter who plays though, a victory will be the only thing expected from Manchester United as they look to cement their place at the top of the table.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has accused Arsenal of being “weak” and “soft” ahead of his old club’s visit to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Meanwhile the North London outfit are also wary that each loss in Europe sees them lose out on €1.5m (£1.11m) per match. That was a big factor in why I chose to come here, to work with him.
“I don t give you why”.
With back to back fixtures against group leaders Bayern Munich coming next, Wenger s team could be eliminated by early November. They think, “The manager reckons we can beat this lot without our best goalkeeper so it’ll be comfortable” and the performance level drops. The addition of Son up front has been an instant hit with three goals in his last two games and has taken a few of the pressure off Harry Kane with regard to goalscoring duties, although Kane could really do with a goal for his confidence.
While Wenger cut a frustrated figure, Olympiakos boss Marco Silva was understandably revelling in his club’s first ever win in England after 12 consecutive defeats.
Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane and Alexis Sanchez all end their goal droughts whilst their respective teams all enjoy comfortable wins.
“The turning point at 2-2 is we give them a goal again straight away”.
Redknapp does not believe that the decision to drop Cech was a necessary one – especially in such an important game in the Champions League.