Arsenal will be hoping to bounceback from Wednesday’s surprise 3-1 defeat to AS Monaco at the Emirates in the Champions League.
Arsene Wenger and his side received a lot of criticism for their failure again to deliver when they’re expected to and for conceding a third so late in the game when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had given the Premier League side a fighting chance in the second-leg.
The Gunners’ defensive frailties were there for all to see as Dimitar Berbatov & co exploited Per Mertesacker’s lack of pace and the defensive unit’s lack of communication.
Arsenal’s big German was made to look particularly foolish by the former Tottenham Hotspur striker, with a rush of blood to the head, Mertesacker came charging out of defence to cut out the ball, only for it to be totally mistimed resulting in Monaco outnumbering Laurent Koscielny as they charged down on David Ospina’s goal.
Arsene Wenger clearly wasn’t happy with the World Cup winner and, as a result, Gabriel makes his Premier League debut against Everton today.
— Jöse Gunner (@josegarcia1822) March 1, 2015
Mertesacker dropped for Gabriel… Didn’t think wenger had it in him. Fair enough, could go horribly wrong with the language barrier
— Jordan Williams (@GingerCasperr) March 1, 2015
Finally Mertesacker is rested. Gabriel an Ox play today. Ox needs to pick a position and make it his own
— Magister (@_Ramsix) March 1, 2015
Gabriel starts over Mertesacker! Great move by Wenger, he was poor in the game against Monaco but that does not mean he is no good #Arsenal
— Kingsley Lambert (@Kinslamb) March 1, 2015
glad to see Gabriel getting a start ahead of Mertesacker today
— Мurray Beckwith (@MurrayASB1) March 1, 2015
When you see Gabriel is playing instead of Mertesacker. pic.twitter.com/7vdRX1Cy2a
— MOZ (@FuckMeZakMorris) March 1, 2015
Not convinced this Gabriel dude is any better but thank Christ that excuse for a defender Mertesacker is dropped.
— Alan Cody (@goonercody) March 1, 2015
— Sophisticated Savage (@C_Sizz29) March 1, 2015