Two times Arsenal have played Premier League football in Manchester this season and two times they have left without any success.
The manner of the 6-2 defeat at the Etihad Stadium was surprising because a normally rock solid Arsenal defence, opened up allowing Manchester City’s creative players to run riot.
However, Arsenal’s focus needs to quickly switch to the next match; a potentially difficult tie against London rivals Chelsea.
It could be very easy for Arsenal fans to dwell on the City result but one former player, Ian Wright, has shown great initiative and intelligence in getting the club’s fans fired up before that clash against the Blues.
Wright took to Twitter to make the controversial suggestion that Arsene Wenger should go after former striker Robin van Persie this January, to solve the club’s shortage of firepower up front.
Needless to say it’s a suggestion which didn’t go down too well with a lot of Gunners considering the circumstances which saw van Persie leave the club in the first place.
It created and divided opinion and that’s exactly what Wright was looking for, with some suggesting they never wanted to see RVP in an Arsenal shirt again while others suggested it was a reasonable idea.
However, Wright quickly backtracked, suggesting his original Tweet was designed to give fans something to vent at and towards, taking emphasis away from reflecting on the defeat to City.
It seemed to work because plenty of fans got fired up, bouncing comments back towards Wright who encouraged supporters to show the same sort of fiery venom when the league leaders host Chelsea next Monday.
Take a look.
Wenger go and get @Persie_Official back in January! Come back Robin!— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) December 15, 2013
That pepped you up some didn't it AFC fans!!! Now let's see that venom when we play Chelsea. :-))))). COYG X— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) December 15, 2013
Looking at my timeline - just wanna say to #AFC fans, in respect to RVP returning, glad that I gave you an outlet to vent. Forget the 6-3.— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) December 15, 2013
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