With much talk of Olivier Giroud re-joining the squad after his early return (that must be a first), we suddenly have a huge range of attacking options. Theo Walcott is also among the pack now, the options are mouthwatering.
Our problem of late has been conceding goals however, not necessarily scoring them. Our two most recent disappointing results reflects this perfectly. A complete lack of maturity and brains to see out a three goal lead against Anderlecht, and a lack of disregard for defensive responsibility from our midfielders helped Swansea finish us off despite being in the driving seat for all three points.
We have several issues in midfield and defence. Mikel Arteta’s injury certainly didn’t help us out in the Champions League draw, losing his calmness and control in the engine room is under appreciated and overlooked. Whether he returns for the Manchester United tie or not is difficult to know at this stage, but we need more discipline from Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey. Why on earth they were both caught forward against Swansea when we one up is beyond me. We should be holding such leads and remaining defensively aware.
We’re stretched very thin at the back so unfortunately not a lot can change there, but the return of Laurent Koscielny at some point next month may help Per Mertesacker out. He has at times looked a shadow of the player who was so dominant last season and integral to our solidity.
I would’ve liked to have seen Chambers come in for Monreal as we’re missing physicality in the heart of our defence. Perhaps Wenger prefers having more pace to make up for Mertesacker’s snail-pace. But perhaps Hector Bellerin would’ve been a more suitable player to counter Swansea’s Montero who ripped Chambers apart all afternoon skin his pace. There’s only one way for our young and promising Spaniard to gain experience… Just some food for thought.
The main reason that we’ve even been in the games of late has purely been the hard work of Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and of course Alexis Sanchez who have been developing an understanding. Supplement this with a returning Walcott and Giroud, we’ve got options and scoring goals will hopefully not be an issue. Weve just got to score more than we will inevitably concede, unless of course the midfield is taught some more discipline.