After our gruelling yet fruitful trip to Moscow this week, you can see why Arsene Wenger thought it a good idea to rest a few players for this clash.
We are putting all of our eggs in one Europa League basket now and the squad didn’t land in London until 5am on Friday, and still had to get back from Luton and we all know what a pain that is, London Luton – ok mate, as Jack Wilshere might say.
Joe Willock was given a debut while Ozil, Ramsey, Koscielny and others were given the weekend off and our lack of experience was apparent. We went ahead after some great work from our deadly strike duo (league only), Aubamayang crossing perfectly for Lacazette to finish to put us ahead.
Then it was the now-customary Mustafi/Cech mix up which cost us the equaliser, both ended up glaring at one another, but can you imagine just how many times that will be happening when we play Atletico Madrid if we carry on playing like this?
The winner from Matt Ritchie was also sooo predictable, and so we lost. Meaning we have now won approximately ZERO points away from home THIS YEAR, and it’s May in 2 weeks time. Not a good look for a side which was meant to be challenging for the title this season. 6th looks doable, but unlikely, 7th looks probable and likely.
Europa League it is then.