Our play has looked flat recently and while our midfield trio of Rosicky, Carzola and Podolski are not lightweight by any stretch of the imagination, they have failed to spark us to life. The reason for this is they are very creative but there is no one to make the runs and split open the defence.
We can point out to the missing players and while it is really good to have Ramsey back, I do not actually believe he is the missing link. Ramsey is very good at sneaking into the box but that does not help us if we are not able to get anywhere near the opposition area. What we are lacking is speed. We have always relied on Walcott to provide it and we all expected Wenger to sign another winger when Walcott got injured. When he didn’t, I was not worried as I was sure he would turn to Chamberlain or Gnabry.
Wenger turned to Chamberlain but instead of fixing him on the wing to time his runs and give defenders all sorts of problems, Wenger put him in the centre next to a slow and ageing Arteta who could not cover for the attack minded midfielder. The result was a gaping hole in midfield. We got away with it against Tottenham due to the brilliant early goal from Rosicky but we were left exposed at Stamford Bridge. The manager has now been reluctant to use Chamberlain but I think Podolski is the player who should be sacrificed. We really need to inject pace into our play and Chamberlain is the player who can provide it. Rosicky will have a field day threading through balls for him to latch on to.
Another forgotten player is Gnabry. What he lacks in experience, he makes up for with energy and speed. Every time he plays, he never disappoints. Wenger should take a chance on him the way he did with Chamberlain in the second leg against Bayern Munich last season. I have no doubt that Gnabry will start the game against Wigan in the FA cup and make us look more lethal with his direct running. I just hope if he proves himself, Wenger will begin to use him more often.
I am no manager and I trust Wenger to choose the right team but I have a feeling we need one of these two players…or both to start dominating games again. Either way we need to get back to winning ways to make sure we finish in the top four and at least end the season with a trophy. I really hope the players will not disappoint their manager this time.