Arsenal’s injury woes have been handed a breather with the news that Jack Wilshere, Calum Chambers and Mattieu Flamini are all available for this weekend’s crunch League tie at Villa Park.
The manager revealed this as he spoke to the media in preparation for what many believe to be a must win game for the Gunners if they are to be in the reckoning for honours next May.
It will be recalled that Flamini and Chambers were unable to feature in the midweek engagement of the Champions League in Germany, as a result of which Hector Bellerin had to be forced into his full debut in place of the young English International. The £16 million summer signing from Southampton had been in line to fill in for Mathieu Debuchy who may now be out for at least 3 months if a scan later in the day should show a need for Surgery. Chmabers, who has made a bright start to life in London, is now believed to have overcome his throat niggle, and will be expected to feature at right back in the upcoming game. Monreal has an issue with his back while Sanogo has returned to the place he was this time last year.
The big news, for many, is that the sight of Jack Wilshere holding his ankle on Tuesday evening was nothing more than dry sawdust on James Bond’s suit. In light of his continued improvement in form, the availability of Wilshere is a welcome development for us as he has largely been one of the stand-out performers in recent games. He did seem to be one of two or three whose reactions showed concern at the defeat to Dortmund. He may still have a point to prove to really convince us all that he is now here to stay, as some have suggested that Wenger’s current formation which pairs him with Aaron Ramsey in the middle has been responsible for Ozil been shunted out wide, to little success to both player and team.
It is inevitable that the Ozil debate will always arise in every Wenger presser. We all want to know what the manager has made of the players under-performing outputs in past games, and though it may come with a bit of cynicism from the journos, the German’s misery is one which many agree the Manager has had a hand in creating. In his usual way, he came to the defence of his record-signing, while reiterating his importance to the team. He has invited all supporters to cue in support behind their beloved star, as rough patches are normal occurrences in the cycle of every exceptional player.
It remains to be seen if there will be any twitch in approach for the game, Ozil’s position being top on the scrutiny list. The ability of the Arsenal playmaker has never been in doubt neither has his true position. He has not made secret his preference to be played in his favorite Number 10 role and considering we play a very buoyant Villa side that have been very hard to breakdown so far this season, we could really do with having all personnel deployed to field positions from where they aim and shoot best.
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