Players are confused, Wenger thinks the club is “in great shape” and it was a bit embarrassing last night…

Afternoon Bulletin

Confused Giroud

Olivier Giroud has stated in some reports that he doesn’t always understand Arsene Wenger’s tactics. Giroud did go on to say he hopes Wenger stays on as coach as he feels the club have been constantly on the rise.

Wenger protest

Well depending on which report you read around 500 supporters aired their views before the Champions League match against Bayern Munich. The idea of the protest was to air their grievance over Arsene Wenger continuing as manager. I can’t remember a time when the club’s fans where so split over an issue. However after the result of last night’s match, things are only going to get worse.

Embarrassment

Which brings me onto last night’s match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Having lost Danny Welbeck during the warm up to illness, Olivier Giroud started the match up top. It was a spirited first half, in which Theo Walcott scored for Arsenal, as they went in at half time 1-0 up. They still needed of course 3 goals in the second half without reply to win the match. But after the red card of Laurent Koscielny, which lead to Bayern Munich scoring a penalty it was all over. What happened next was nothing short of embarrassing as the German team ran out 5-1 winners and 10-2 on aggregate. Things don’t get much worse than this, although with Lincoln City up next in the FA Cup I maybe wrong.

Robert Pires’ view

Still doing the rounds are what actually happened in the so called training ground bust up involving Alexis Sanchez. It seems the Chilean did walk off the training ground¬ after a crunching tackle on him by one of his team mates. However, if he wanted to look the injured party in all this, probably best not to have the TV cameras on you when you seem to be laughing, as the 5th Bayern Munich goal goes in.

Wenger’s excuses

Arsene Wenger spoke after the match blaming the referee who failed to spot a penalty for Arsenal in the first half, and then sending Koscielny off and awarding Bayern a penalty. On being asked what needed to change at Arsenal, Wenger replied, “What needs to change at the club? What do you mean by that? I think this club is in great shape!” Wenger continued, “We are going through a very difficult situation so what needs to change is a result in the next game.” I agree the referee did not have a great match but the game was already lost. Is losing 10-2 on aggregate acceptable to the club?

Hector Bellerin

The Spanish full back has come out in support of manager Arsene Wenger after last night’s humiliation, telling anyone who would listen that the entire squad are behind the manager. There are clearly some major issues within the club which need to be resolved before it’s too late, some would say it is already too late!