Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas advices Wenger ahead of Chelsea clash. [Picture: PA Photos]
Arsenal manager – Arsene Wenger, has been advised to drop one of his most trusted midfielders against Chelsea this weekend at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal will play host to Jose Mourinho and his men this Sunday and Wenger has been advised by football expert – Charlie Nicholas, to drop Santi Cazorla for the match against the Blues.
Nicholas believes Arsenal have what it takes to beat Chelsea at their own game but insists the Gunners would have to do it without Cazorla.
However, the former Celtic and Arsenal striker highlighted the need for Wenger to go into the game with two holding midfielders, as he strongly believes Chelsea would employ the same strategy against them.
Santi should be dropped against Chelsea insists Charlie Nicholas.
“Arsenal should play with two holding midfielders, because that’s exactly what Chelsea will do,” he told Sky Sports.
“They’ll come to the Emirates and they’ll stick Nemanja Matic in there and they might stick John Obi Mikel or Kurt Zouma in there too, and Arsenal need to counter that.
“That might mean playing Aaron Ramsey slightly out of position, slightly right of Francis Coquelin, who has been very impressive lately, and I’d just ask him to sit in there when Arsenal don’t have the ball.”
“Wenger might have to consider sacrificing Santi Cazorla for that to work, but I’d just like two midfielders to sit and try and control the middle, where Cesc Fabregas will be, and Eden Hazard – the ultimate danger – will be floating about too.”
In my own opinion, Chelsea would definitely go into the game with a very compact midfield, such as that which they employed against Manchester United last weekend.
But dropping Cazorla against them would be a disaster, as the ambidextrous Spaniard does a lot of work in the Arsenal midfield such as keeping possession and moving the ball forward – something which Coquelin is yet to master. And he can sit deep in midfield even better than Ramsey.
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