Vito Mannone has revealed that the Arsenal players have mixed feelings about the Champions League point that was earned in Germany last night against Schalke. The same can probably be said about Arsenal fans, who will be relieved we did not lose, but still not particularly impressed.
“It was a really tough game. There is a mixed feeling in the dressing room, because we could have won it and we also could have lost it.”
Arsene Wenger has been coming in for a great deal of criticism lately, in the newspapers as well as on this website. Accusations of stubbornness and tactical mistakes, along with a general feeling of impatience as we Gooners face another trophyless season.
So, did he answer his critics last night? The answer is an emphatic maybe. Wenger fans will point to the fact that he did start Walcott and Giroud, while dropping happy Santos. Wenger foes will point to the fact that we gave up a two goal lead and stuck to the 4-3-3 formation. I say that it was an improvement, which will hopefully continue.
If Arsenal go on another run like we did last season, then we will be qualifying for the Champions League again. We have got a good chance of winning the Capital One cup and we should progress to the next round of this season’s Champions League, which would be okay but not brilliant.
So basically, it would have been great to win, but at least we played better and didn’t lose. The jury is still out. Our stand in goalkeeper, Mannone, does deserve alot of credit for the way he has played in the absence of Szczesny. He has got over some early mistakes and proved he can really challenge the Pole for his number one jersey.