With the excruciating boredom of the International break to end soon, Wenger must have began plotting his strategy on getting his team on a winning track after falling in and out of the track rails with not-so-convincing performances so far.
The break has brought tidings both rich and ragged, with the continuous good form of his English Internationals the sweet spice of what has otherwise been as torrid as it always is for Arsenal in these periods. The injury to Mesut Ozil, the scare to both Koscielny and Ospina, the Podolski situation… the manager has had quite a hand full. Yet, top on his mind must be how to make a real statement in the League this season, beginning with Hull at home this weekend.
Following the defeat at Stamford Bridge, is it very necessary for Arsenal to really start letting off some real rocks from the canon, and may see Wenger take the approach of fielding as strong a team as possible, to show he means business. As much as that is expected and is right, the injury load on the team will demand a real application of player management to make the best use of the crop currently available at the moment. Surely we can’t be talking burn-out at such an early stage, but giving some of the yet unused or under-used member of the team could actually help now so that when legs begin to lag later, there’ll be spares capable of going the mile to the end.
The usually under-rated midfielder/defender has not had many opportunities in the League to show himself, being used more in the Cup games. While Calum Chambers still ponders how he has picked up more yellows than Flamini in just his first 7 League games, the right back spot has opened up for a 90 minute party, and while Hector Bellerin may be the first name to spring to mind, Coquelin’s Arsenal career is somewhere yearning for a chance at redemption. The 19-year old could probably wait.
The general belief is that Campbell will become an instant hit once he leaves the Emirates and that thought has left many fans calling for Wenger to do whatever to give him the chance to improve. Maybe Chambo could be rested for the long trip to Belgium. Campbell’s pace will be as good a complement to Welbeck as Chambo’s has been, while he will also provide an added direct threat to goal – perhaps, something we lacked against Chelsea having failed to muster a single shot on target that day.
At the start of the season, midfield seemed to be the place where we were most stocked but in the light of Ramsey and Arteta’s absence, we appear to be grappling for personnel all of a sudden. Perhaps, this will favour Diaby’s re-introduction into intense action, after playing a quiet role in the League Cup. He would fit into a 3-man midfield, joining Wilshere as the wings for Flamini, playing in a more natural habitat rather than as the last resort.
With vice Captain, Per Mertesacker, encouraging the younger lads to speak more, young Hayden may feel he is within a shout in the team, especially now there have been concerns over Koscielny. The French defender had to be recalled from the France squad for the friendly with Portugal and though it is believed that was merely precautionary, Wenger may as well extend the precaution to include the Hull game. The 19-year old made his first team debut this season at the Emirates against Ronald Koeman’s side, alongside Calum Chambers at the center of defense. Having contested against the might of Graziano Pelle, it doesn’t follow that Nikica Jelavic or Abel Hernandez will be a walk in the park, but he showed enough character in that defeat to Southampton to deserve another chance. And if he communicates effectively with Mertesacker, he could complement the German’s experience with the pace and exuberant hunger of his youth.
Do you think Wenger should give some of these players a shot at Hull City this weekend, or should Wenger retain his first choice starting xi?
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