Perhaps a spot of escapism is just what the Gunners and their supporters need after a sorry couple of recent performances in the Premier League. Defeats to Aston Villa and Manchester City has left many fans questioning whether Arsenal will be playing Champions League football next season, although for now they are embroiled in the competition, reserving some of their best performances for Europe.
Indeed, Wenger’s team are heavy favourites for their match against Dynamo Kiev, with The Guardian reporting that William Gallas may return to the side. The Frenchman has had the captaincy taken away from him after a series of public remarks last week, and it appears as though this could be the game where Cesc Fabregas makes his debut as Arsenal captain.
“Cesc Fábregas will be available for Tuesday and maybe Gallas,” said Wenger. “The most important thing for us is to keep strong, united, focused and not panic. We haven’t lost our football in three days so therefore, let’s go and win our next game. That is difficult, I don’t deny that, but there’s no need to be desperate as well.”
“Of course he (Gallas) has a future at the club,” said Wenger. “It just doesn’t help to talk about it. Nothing disturbed us before the [City] game. I believe it was a flattering victory for them, and we have had worse weeks than this.”
Worse weeks? It would be interesting to hear them Arsene, there’s not many occasions when Arsenal lose back-to-back league matches, especially when they’re against teams outside of the ‘Big Four’. Wenger can say what he likes, but the scoreline really didn’t flatter Manchester City on Saturday, what effect will the return of Gallas have?