After the much needed rest period of the League Cup games gone, hostilities resume this weekend in the League action. Last weekend’s trip to the Stadium of Light saw us win 2 away games on the bounce and so it must be a welcome delight for the players that we don’t have to travel on Saturday. While Alexis Sanchez and Kieran Gibbs have stood out as the very top performers, a good number of the players in the team still have varying sizes of question marks hovering over them as they’ve been suspect over the past few weeks.
- Santi Cazorla
It’ll be unfair and unwise to suddenly write Cazorla off the Arsenal team just because of a few poor games. But also in all honesty, the ‘happy one’ has been very ineffective this season whether as a creator or a goalscorer. Between Anderlecht and Sunderland over the past coupld of weeks, Cazorla could easily have gone second to Alexis on the Arsenal top scorer’s chart this season but has failed to kick the ball as good as we know he can. Ozil’s injury was supposed to be his full opportunity to rediscover the Number 10 form that saw him voted Player of the Year in his first season at the Emirates. Wenger must have overlooked all of those miskwed chances by Santi and will most certainly start him on Saturday. He knows the boss could be a patient man but a few more of those against Burnley and he may see himself with the kids on the bench for a long time.
- Danny Welbeck
It’s gone all too quiet for Welbz lately. The praises that roared from the rooftops following his hat-trick heroics against Galatasaray has simmered down to bare whispers. A patronising assessment of his game at Sunderland would be to say he didn’t overcome the emotion of playing before a crowd who were supportive to his learning the trade, but to say he was hardly threatening to the Black Cats defence would be a mere understatement. With just one Premier League home goal, Welbeck must do more in and around the box to get the Emirates crowd chanting his name. The shots from outside have not worked so far, neither has he done an awful lot with his pace and power. Saturday must be a good day to turn on the styles.
- Jack Wilshere
Polishing his through balls should be the part of his game being drummed into his ears by Wenger as requiring vast improvement. It is almost certain that he could pick the ball from any position on the pitch and not fail to lose it untill he gets to the edge of the opponent’s D. What he’s done with it afterwards, till now, has been really frustrating. And talking about hitting double figures, Jack has to work on his shooting if he’s to score more frequently. He may not get a better game to that.
- Aaron Ramsey
Wenger may pair Ramsey with Wilshere against Burnley and though the consensus is that it doesn’t work, it is still the players’ job to make it work. Whether it means showing more of his toughness in defence or making an occasional escape to attack, Ramsey would have to resurrect that player who dazzled us last season. Everton away was his last goal, that was 7 Match weeks ago.
- Joel Campbell
He’s made two substitute appearances in the two games where we were on the verge of collapse and on both occasions, he’s contributed to our salvation. He’d rather be a slow starter than a super sub but he’d still rather have half loaf than nothing. Perhaps Wenger might playing him as a center forward vs Burnley, what are the odds he’ll finally prove himself?
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