After a gruelling 120 minutes on a massive pitch against Manchester City this weekend, this game was always going to be tough, and just like at Wembley our first goal came from the same unlikely source, with Nacho Monreal grabbing his second goal in as many games.
Wenger went with his new formation, using a back three, with Gibbs and Bellerin as wing backs, and with another clean sheet to their names, this seems to have worked, Gabriel, Koscielny and Monreal making up the threesome.
The game looked to be heading for, what would have been a disappointing 0-0, until Wenger unleashed Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud, a strikeforce which would strike fear into any defence, and it was no surprise when this tactical switch paid off, Monreal’s wayward shot pinging past Schmeichel off of Robert Huth. Giroud and Welbeck were watching in fairness, so they definitely played a part in getting us all three points.
Koscielny looked to have twisted a knee (his own) and is a doubt for Sunday’s game, AW said:
“Koscielny has a knee problem but I don’t know how bad yet. I have to check…”
Any road up, with Europa league (at least) assured, we now prepare to face Tottenham in the last every North London derby at White Hart Lane this Sunday, and our previous two wins are sure to give us a bit more confidence ahead of the game. A win for Spurs and they will finally finish above Arsenal for the first time in 20 years, a win for Arsenal would see us maintain our slim, too little, too late chance of making our way back into the top four. Sigh.