Although Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal had a hard time against Dinamo Zagreb mid-week in the Champions League, he’s eager to put things right with a win away at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The 2-1 loss took most of us by surprise, not least the boss, who would have set the players up for a straight forward away win. Although Zagreb are far from a weak team, if we were going to win an away fixture in the group stages of the Champions League this season, this was the one we had the best shot at.
Wenger believes that going down to 10 men, thanks to Olivier Giroud getting sent off, didn’t help matters.
“Overall the numbers were quite good for us as long as we were 11 against 11,” said Wenger. “Even 10 against 11 we had some chances but it was more difficult. I stand up for my selection and take responsibility for it, but I believe you can repair what happened.”
The best way to get over a loss is to win against Chelsea on Saturday. We now appear to have found our footing in the Premier League after a 2-0 loss at home to West Ham on the opening day of the season, and to take all three points from Chelsea on their turf would give our team the boost we need to continue.
“We are on a good run in the Premier League and it’s important now to look at that,” Wenger added.