London – Prior to his side’s win against Fenerbahce, Arsene Wenger passionately defended his transfer policy and insisted his current squad has plenty of quality. So, how did they fare on Wednesday night?
THERE have been rumblings all summer about Arsenal signing a goalkeeper, with Iker Casillas the latest name in Wenger’s ‘maybe’ pile. But they do have a decent man between the sticks already in Wojciech Szczesny. The Pole was confident enough collecting set pieces and crosses and he made a good late save.
WHEN Laurent Koscielny went off with a nasty face injury, Arsenal lost their best defender and some of their defensive shape. Bacary Sagna had to shuffle across to centre back with Carl Jenkinson coming on at right back. That lack of options might prompt Wenger to reinforce, but they were hardly troubled by a blunt Fenerbahce attack.
THIS has often been Arsenal’s strong point and so it proved last night. There were anxious looks when Jack Wilshere required treatment in the first half but, fortunately for Wenger, he played on and put in yet another dymanic shift. Tomas Rosicky continued his own personal reformation with another good display while Aaron Ramsey starred. He battled, hit a sublime pass for the first goal and capped the night with one of his own.
ARGUABLY the side’s weakest area. Wenger has still not properly replaced Robin van Persie and he needs a primary goalscorer. Olivier Giroud huffed and puffed and eventually got a goal, but Wenger seems to have lost faith in Lukas Podolski, who was again on the bench. – Daily Mail