If the papers are to be believed today, angry Arsene Wenger is set to make wholesale changes for the trip to Stoke tomorrow.
This is the first post I’ve been able to bring myself to writing since the shambles on Wednesday night, such has been the dark cloud that’s been over my head ever since, but the benefit of a day to calm down can be a good thing.
We were by far the better team against the Spuds and that’s precisely why we’re all so angry that the players threw it away in the dying minutes. The uncharacteristic slip by Gael Clichy – my favourite Arsenal player – was the catalyst for Tottenham to earn a point and while he was not the sole man to blame, I think that just added to the hurt for me personally.
But Wenger’s point that the team will learn from that mistake is well made. The fact that they should never have to learn from such lapses in concentration is another matter entirely and, in case any of us have forgotten, the players were supposed to have learned that exact lesson against Birmingham in that ill-fated game back in February.
However, the players who capitulated so spectacularly on Wednesday now have a point to prove and they also need a decent result to boost team confidence again, so I’m hoping that the changes Le Gaffer makes tomorrow will reflect the injury situation, rather than any radical punishment.
I’m sure there will be plenty of you out there who disagree, so share your thoughts here on who should make our starting 11 for the Stoke game. For the record, here’s who I think will play:
Sagna Toure Djourou Clichy
Walcott Fabregas Diaby Nasri
Adebayor van Persie