So, we meet again. After Sunday’s embarrassment at Wembley, we do battle with Manchester City again tonight in a Thursday night football match which isn’t as depressing as the Europa League.
Coming off the back of the Carabao Cup defeat will also make this Thursday’s game much tighter than Sunday’s one.
Looking to make amends instantly, this could be a great opportunity for the squad to show what they lacked on Sunday.
When looking ahead to the cup final last weekend, the team’s form at Wembley was heavily emphasised but unfortunately not backed up.
Hopefully for Arsenal recent history doesn’t repeat itself as when looking at our recent form against City at the Emirates we’ve done well to only allow them one win from their last five visits which was back in January 2013.
Along with that, Arsenal’s home form, in general, has always been impressive and the same can be said this season despite last week’s loss to Ostersunds.
With us missing an opportunity to make ground on teams around up at the start of the month against Tottenham (our last Premier League match), tonight’s game holds even more importance if we want to try and climb up the table.
Currently, the closest team to us vertically in the table are Chelsea who sit eight points ahead of us, which doesn’t look too encouraging as we head into the business end of the season.
With us being the same amount of points above 7th placed Burnley, it looks like we could well and truly be marooned in 6th place for the remainder of the year.
However, tonight’s game will be our game in hand over Chelsea and a reaction to Sunday’s embarrassment could set us on the right track for the remainder of the league.
Something that may boost those chances tonight is eligibility, something that hasn’t been too kind to us over the last month. Now that we’re back in Premier League action where none of our new signings are cup tied, it’ll be nice to see them on the pitch at the same time again.
Hopefully, though, it goes like the first time they came together at the Emirates against Everton rather than the loss to Spurs.
One player that will miss out on our next two games at least though is Nacho Monreal who came off early in the Carabao Cup final with a back problem which Arsene Wenger specified as a disc problem.
As well as that set back, tonight’s game may face some difficulties as the weather hasn’t been the most forgiving as we saw during Tottenham’s F.A. Cup replay against Rochdale.
With a day longer to prepare for the elements, that could put us in good stead to allow the game to go ahead, but with the snow storms being so unpredictable it’ll be a tough job for anyone involved tonight.
Let’s just hope that if the snow is still chucking down during the game it hinders Manchester City and their ability to dominate games.