After 4 premier league games and now heading into a vital away Champions League game against a very decent Dortmund side, we really shouldn’t be in the position where we are needing to play a complete rookie in the side in Bellerin. With injuries to Debuchy being touted at 2 months out and Kieran Gibbs ultimately made of glass it would never really take long for things to look a bit short back there now Monreal and Chambers are both struggling.
Remember, Chambers was a player for the future too apparently. This is a kid that only played 14 times for Southampton last season and he is being thrown in to huge games that surely Wenger could not have envisaged so early into his career, especially when he is asking Roy Hodgson to use him sparingly too.
Bellerin though did play well in the Emirates cup, he’s very fast and definitely has talent, but this is the Big League tonight and much higher standard is required.
But it cannot deny the fact that we had realised Sagna was leaving last season, Vermaelen to leave for Barca and to allow Carl Jenkinson to leave on loan seems crazy to me, and now to be in the position that we are it shows either Wenger has taken a lot of faith in the younger lads we have in the ranks, or we have not prepared correctly in that area of the transfer market.
This is also without likely suspensions, a freaky red card here or there and then what?
I don’t want to criticise Wenger too much as overall the transfer window was by all accounts great. The additions have certainly strengthen us, but I cannot be comfortable in thinking that there were not players out there in or out of contract that couldn’t have provided more significant cover.
It is what it is and we move on. But if defensive problems arise tonight and we are beaten surely an enquiry must follow as to why this has happened.
My next point in Ozil. Let’s be honest he was crap on Saturday. He seems a shadow of his former self from Real Madrid and even to that of the player he was in his first few matches at Arsenal. The question is what is it? is it homesickness or the fact he wants to play more central? Does he has a World Cup Hangover? Is he just lazy and can’t adapt to English game?
All I can judge is that what is most upsetting is his reaction to losing the ball, getting tackled, not chasing back, the fact that his face always looks miserable and that he doesn’t look like he is enjoying his time in England at all. But it frustrates me so much to see his moody face, when a player has discharged him of the ball and Ozil has hands on hips. Tip for Mesut- Watch Sanchez when he loses the ball. That’s what we want.
We know what he can offer but regardless of his cost we need to realise that its not working and we need to do something different before it gets to a point where fans are really on his back, booing him etc as I don’t see him as a player who would take well to too much of all that.
It is insane to continue to do the same thing over and over yet expect different results. He’s not a winger, he won’t do the chasing back or the marking as its foreign to him. Proved against Seamus Coleman goal for Everton and also a few occasions last season.
Therefore, in my opinion we either play the guy in a more central position or we remove him from the team for a bit so we are able to train him more in the position we are asking him to play. Other players like Rosicky, Ox, Podolski, must be sitting on the bench thinking why they are not in the side when someone has clearly not been at the races for months. Can you remember a bad game Rosicky has played in last 3 years when involved, and if so did you ever see him not putting in 100% effort all the time or chasing back or making last gasp tackles? I can’t say I remember 1 game.
Wenger defended Ozil again after the City game, but I wonder if he is defending the player or defending his own decision to select him after all he is our record signing. I watched that game, and also did what Wenger said and re-watched it again yesterday and both times Ozil was poor, so I can’t say I am seeing his point with that one. Perhaps I will watch again later and Ozil might score a goal, or win a header.
Don’t get me wrong Ozil is a World Class player, someone who as we have seen can make things out of nothing but the club and the manager must realise that whatever it is we are trying with him doesn’t work and certainly not on a consistent basis so it needs addressing.
Personally, I would allow him to start tonight being that the game is in Germany, but I would drop him this weekend away at Villa and bring someone in who is hungrier now then perhaps he is.
It will be a hard match tonight, yes we won there last year but we could easily have lost so if we can nick a point we should be happy.