Arsene Wenger showed just what he makes of the Europa League as he named a weakened side for this evening’s trip to Serbia to take on Red Star Belgrade.
Mathieu Debuchy, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were all named in the starting XI, while the bench was filled with a bunch of youngsters.
It was a pretty bold decision given Arsenal fans are in need of something to celebrate following the recent 2-1 defeat to Watford.
With Arsenal far from certain to finish in the top four of the Premier League, winning the Europa League could present their best opportunity to return to the Champions League.
That proved the case for Manchester United last season, with Jose Mourinho abandoning domestic matches in order to focus on Europe.
But it doesn’t appear that Wenger is going to follow that strategy.
Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette were all left at home.
So it was always going to be interesting to see how Arsenal’s players, particularly the young ones, coped inside the intimidating Rajko Mitic stadium.
The TV coverage was ridiculous
Yet how their team started wasn’t the biggest concern for any Arsenal fan watching on television.
That’s because the camerawork for the match was pretty ridiculous. It appeared that whoever was responsible for following the game wasn’t using equipment that was entirely easy to control, which made for horrific viewing.
Check out an example of the camerawork below.
It was particularly troublesome when a long ball was played. It almost gave a dizzying effect trying to follow the ball.
Here’s how those watching on TV reacted.
Ahead of the game, Wenger insisted that the raucous, 56,000-seater arena wouldn’t pose a problem to his players.
"The support for a team is always a positive impact and we have had to deal with that in every stadium in England," he said, per Sky Sports. "We also have a long experience in the Champions League so we are used to it.
"But of course, we are in a country with a big football tradition and it has produced fantastic players in history.
"It's a country with a tradition in other team sports too so we expect a game with a huge commitment from everybody."
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