Arsene Wenger has some serious thinking to do over the next month. A selection dilemma is not a scenario the Frenchman is placed in often, but he will soon have to pick out a first choice midfield three from 6-7 top quality midfielders not to mention two up and coming stars.
Jack Wilshere is set to return to full first team training, with Frimpong not far behind and Rosicky still on the mend. Coquelin is itching for playing time, while first team regulars Cazorla, Arteta and Diaby have formed a strong trio not to mention Welsh captain Aaron Ramsey more than able to be thrown in the mix.
Fingers crossed there aren’t any injuries and the vast array of options can be available all season with the Gunners contending on four fronts, but who will Wenger’s first choice selection be this season when all the midfielders are fit?
We took to the allArsenal forum to see what Gooners thoughts:
Sunrise Gooner: My personal choice, IF everyone was fit and IF it’s a huge game where we need to field our best 11, would be Arteta, Diaby, Wilshere and move Santi out to the right to play that creative winger role that Arsene loves so much.
abq: i think our three choice midfielder depend on d team we wanna face, for example if we ar playing team dt plays longball, i think we need diaby’s height, bt aside dt our three midfielder will b arteta in defencise midfield role, wilshere in centre midfield role and carzola in free midfield role. Expect loads of domination and goals, did is d most powerful midfield pair in epl
botafoguense: Some good ideas here, and i like what Sunrise said too: Diaby, Wilshere and Arteta linking up with Poldi, Giroud and Santi sounds amazing – all strong in possession and three tidy finishers (once Grioud sorts himself out of course).
On the other hand as long as its working i think our current midfield three is great. Whether it was Arsene’s plan or not, the bonus of Diaby and Arteta having both offensive and defensive capabilities adds a new dimension to our midfield. Maybe that’s what he intended for Song last season too..? I think Cazorla works really well at CAM, while Rosicky works well as backup but i’m not convinced having him play wing.
There were some interesting ideas being thrown around, particularly the midfield three consisting of Arteta, Diaby and Wilshere with Cazorla out wide. However I feel Cazorla will always be better utilized through the middle.
My first choice three:
Yes it is difficult to see Wilshere not in our starting eleven, but he is more than capable of taking either Arteta or Diaby’s spot and will be rotated about. But if the Gunners were to play Manchester United with all of our midfield fit, the above selection will have to be the way forward.
Diaby adds height, power and finesse, Arteta is a solid defensive midfielder that is able to move the ball forward with precision and is a perfect example of a midfield pivot, and Cazorla is Cazorla!
The likes of Rosicky, Ramsey, Coquelin and Frimpong are more than able replacements and should be expected to gain lots of playing time when the fixture list heats up, perhaps Frimpong should consider a loan move in January if there are not too many casualties come Christmas time.
Lets not also forget that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be looking to push towards a more central midfield position, however with an abundance of options its easy to see why Wenger chose not to reinforce further in the transfer window.
What are your thoughts? Who would be your first choice midfield three? Feel free to comment below or in the allArsenal forum.