The 97th-minute equaliser at Liverpool didn’t appear to dampen spirits at the Arsenal Christmas party as the squad turned out with their wives and girlfriends for a festive meal on Monday night – and decided to document it through Instagram.
Martin Skrtel’s header deep into injury-time meant the Gunners let slip two points that would have helped their quest to break into the top four, and raised further questions of their defence that has been far from convincing so far this season.
But that didn’t seem to matter as the players were allowed to let their hair down – or up, given the alarming amount of hair products on show – to celebrate all things in the name of Christmas.
Arsenal's injury list
Arsenal's injury list
1/5 Mikel Arteta (midfield)
Like Diaby, the Spaniard is closing in on a return but the Swansea match will come to soon. The club captain last played in November.
2/5 Mathieu Debuchy (defender)
Returned in the FA Cup semi-final win over Reading but has since been ruled out with injury and Wenger confirmed he remains 'unavailable'.
3/5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield)
Suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup and hasn't played since as it has exacerbated a groin problem. Out at least until May and facing surgery in the summer.
4/5 Aaron Ramsey (midfield)
Aaron Ramsey caught a kick on his calf during the win over Hull and was later substituted. The Welshman was rated 50/50 for the Swansea match by Wenger, but it now appears that he is a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.
5/5 Danny Welbeck (forward)
Danny Welbeck has not played since the goalless draw with Chelsea towards the end of April after suffering a knee injury. Wenger has confirmed that the injury is 'nothing major', and that he should return to full fitness before the end of the season.
Olivier Giroud – perhaps the chief perpetrator in the hair product department – appeared alongside his wife Jennifer as the couple posed for a picture together, while the ever-enthusiastic Lukas Podolski kept himself busy by co-ordinating a group photo alongside Yaya Sanogo, Francis Coquelin, Mesut Özil, Mathieu Flamini and Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal Christmas Party! pic.twitter.com/Drv96PHktx; jen giroud (@GiroudJen) December 22, 2014
Podolski posted the picture on his Instagram caption along with the caption: “My table tonight... Friends from countries far and wide.”
He later teamed up with his German compatriot Ozil for a second photo, and there was good news on Tuesday regarding the £42.5m record signing as Arsene Wenger confirmed he is on target to return to action at the beginning of next month.
Fans won’t mind too much as long as the Gunners get a result in their Boxing Day Premier League match against Queens Park Rangers. While the North London club should be winning against the relegation candidates, the form of striker Charlie Austin will be a major worry given that Arsenal’s defence have been found out more often than not this season.
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