There’s plenty of discontent floating around at the moment from Lukas Podolski, Tomas Rosicky and Joel Campbell’s camps at present with the trio of attack minded players all struggling to get a look in. With the return of Olivier Giroud ahead of the Manchester United tie, it seems their chances are only going to become slimmer with the hectic winter schedule on the horizon.
Podolski has perhaps been the most talked about grumps of late as he’s shown his worth in front of goal but continues to be overlooked on a consistent basis. Consequently he is edging closer to a January exit.
The Germany World Cup winner was almost out the door over the summer, but Olivier Giroud’s leg fracture in late August forced Wenger to block Podolski’s exit. However the Deadline Day acquisition of Danny Welbeck didn’t offer Poldi any favours.
Giroud has stepped up his recovery and could be in line for a return to the squad as early as next weekend’s tie at home to Manchester United. Although he certainly won’t slip straight into the centre forward role, he will be ripping away a spot on the bench from either Lukas Podolski or Yaya Sanogo. Not to mention Joel Campbell who has struggled to make the match day squad.
The news is also a blow for Tomas Rosicky who also has expressed his unhappiness at being cast aside. With Theo Walcott back in the mix, Wenger will be looking to accommodate the Englishman along with Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez and Welbeck. The latter may even see some game time on the wings with Giroud pushing to reintroduce himself into the lineup. Struggle to see Rosicky’s situation improving. He’s fast becoming the new Arshavin, but without the poor performances.
That said, some of the fringe players certainly cannot give up hope. Arsenal’s horrific injury record hardly fills anyone with much confidence going forward.
For Wenger it’s about finding the right formula and combination of players who he can look to field reasonably consistently to gain some cohesion. Unfortunately that doesn’t bode well for Podolski, Rosicky and Campbell. Especially now we’re out of the Capital One Cup.
Had we remained in the League Cup the trio could have been guaranteed some game time. But we all know how that ended…
How do you think we could lineup with Giroud back in the squad? Can we keep all our players happy? Seems unlikely…