After having undergone weeks of criticism and many calling for his resignation over a series of poor performances, Arsene Wenger was graciously saved from another humiliation by the Arsenal boys after a 2 – 0 win over Sutton United.
During the first leg of their Champions League match against Bayern Munich, Wenger was thwarted 5 – 1. But he didn’t take chances with the same squad in the current vital match. He made 7 important changes to clinch victory.
Lucas Perez’s cross-shot gave Arsenal the lead after 26 minutes and Theo Walcott doubled the advantage from close range 10 minutes after the break with his 100th goal for the club.
He set to celebrate at home yet again when he will face Lincoln City, who beat Burnley on Saturday.
It was a must-win for Arsenal
Arsenal stepped into the field very much aware that all the eyes will be focused on them and their coach. This is after having undergone a turbulent week with their Champions League hopes cast a dark shadow. The Gunners have never gone past the last 16 round in the elite European competition.
The match began with many speculating on what would Wenger’s future at the club. The same questions are being raised on whether Arsenal can manage the fight as the season is approaching a closure.
There was uncertainty on how they would perform.
But the boys knew in their minds that this was a must-win lest they risk getting embarrassed once again.
Wenger under Scrutiny
Wenger’s first entrance into the field led to a swarm of photographers surrounding his dugout – a common trend whenever a manger is under scrutiny.
Just like his players, all the Frenchman desired was to escape further humiliation after the heartbreaking battle in Munich’s Allianz Arena.
They were thus not in the field to showcase their sparkling performance but instead were focused on getting out of Gander Green Lane unscathed.
Even as their dreams of clinching the Champions and the EPL titles seem diminished, Arsenal still have high hopes of winning their 12th FA Cup and Wenger’s 6th.
Lucas Perez was the man of the match.