The subject of Arsenal’s key player at the moment is certainly not up for debate. 10 goals from 16 appearances in just his first 4 months as a Gunner has seen Alexis acclaimed already as the player Wenger will have to rely on to get to whatever height he aims to achieve this season.
It goes well for the team when the star player is firing and going into the Champions League game tonight, all eyes will still be on him to deliver in attack. However, it will also be on the manager’s wish-list that other players are able to come up with the goods so there will be no issues of over-reliance on the Chilean.
The injury-prone nature of the Arsenal squad also should make the manager conscious about the condition of his players. A trip to the Liberty awaits us at the weekend and it may just work that a little rotation, especially in the forward line, be done to keep the team strong and the fringe players a little happier.
Seeing we can only make three subs, we serve up these.
Surely he deserves a chance against Anderlecht, especially as he could do an awful lot with his left as we saw against Burnley. Wenger’s continuous use of 4-4-2 would be of better benefit to the balance of the team if we had a proper left footed player on that left wing who will do as much as Chamerlain on the right, Podolski tipped as the man being held up.
After saving us against Anderlecht, the storm have calmed on Podolski’s frustration with regards to limited opportunities in the team this season. At 29, he is no longer a youngster and has not been impressed with having to sit on the bench every weekend. He has repeatedly stated that he would seek a move soon if nothing changes, and aside that goal, it doesn’t actually seem much will change with Chmaberlain, Alexis, Cazorla, Welbeck and even the returning Walcott still ahead of him in the pecking order. The possibility of Wenger making one attacking recruit in January would give suggestion to the possible departure of one attacking player from the squad, and by most person’s guesses, it will be Podolski. Considering what he still has in his locker, it would be necessary to keep him in the squad even beyond January and the only way to do that is to keep him active in the squad before then.
Not just from substitute appearances, but from the start.
Danny Welbeck has hit something of a brick wall sine his hat-trick heroics in our last Champions League group game and this might just be the time to give him a rest and some competition from the other youngsters in the team.
Not Yaya Sanogo, but Joel Campbell.
Campbell’s story at the Emirates this season has been very underwhelming for Gooners. Not because he has failed to deliver on the huge expectation we saw of him in the World Cup after so many opportunities but because he has barely had the opportunity to prove his worth. With just one start this season, Campbell looks like one of those who may be seeking a way out to save his career when the January window opens. Several clubs around Europe made efforts to snap him up on loan even as early as after the World Cup in July, with AC Milan even willing to offer us Mario Balotelli in exchange.
That should prove that he is certainly seen as a center forward in the outer world and could do a job of it at the Emirates. He has good experience of this competition, even against Manchester United. Why can he not play for us tonight, even from the start?
His substitute cameo against Burnley gave us a reminder of just how much we have missed Walcott’s pace and intelligence. Captain Mikel Arteta has hailed him as a special talent, and while talk of a new deal has been initiated between him and the club, giving him competition to nourish him into form to help the team is vital. With crunch games against Dortmund and United on the horizon, Wenger would need Walcott to be available to fire in those games and starting him tonight will serve as providing him with enough contact scenarios to prepare him for those challenges. As this will be his first Champions League game since scoring against Marseille on MatchDay 1 last season, it could well happen that he marks it with a goal.
Arsenal fans, do you agree with me on these stars to be giving a chance in tonight’s clash?
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