Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong believes Arsene Wenger made two mistakes with his team selection before Tuesday night’s vital 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Shortly after both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud had been subbed on - in place of the injured Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott, respectively - Frimpong tweeted: “The team playing now should have been the starting team.”
Easy to say that with the benefit of hindsight but, ultimately, Wenger’s tactics earned Arsenal the precious three points they so desperately needed.
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Giroud put Arsenal ahead in the 77th minute, following a mistake by Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, while Mesut Ozil added gloss to the scoreline with virtually the last kick of the game.
The Gunners have subsequently given themselves a chance of qualifying for the Champions League knockout rounds - although, in order for that to happen, they must try and avoid defeat at the Allianz Arena before securing wins over both Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos.
After the final whistle last night, Frimpong tweeted: “Arsenal the only team to lose to Zagreb and olympiakos and then go on to beat bayern This team going to kill me.”
Petr Cech made a huge difference
Many Arsenal fans no doubt feel the same - and questions have to be asked about why Wenger opted against deploying his first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech, who was excellent last night, in the Gunners’ first two Champions League group stage matches.
Giroud said in his post-match interview, per the Express, that Cech had a “fantastic game”. Indeed, without the former Chelsea star between the sticks last night, Arsenal would probably find themselves out of the Champions League this morning.
Arsenal fans: should Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have started against Bayern Munich? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!