Some of Arsene Wenger’s decisions have been strange of late. Continuing to field the same XI despite obvious lack of form from some the regulars could be seen as naivety. However Wenger’s obviously hoping coherence will help spark some consistency, but it’s failing miserably.
Choosing to ignore fringe players such as Tomas Rosicky and Lukas Podolski when players ahead of them are looking tired and out of ideas, is hurting the potential of the team.
Why on earth send on Yaya Sanogo when we have the proven goalscoring ability in Podolski on the bench? He netted our last gasp winner against Anderlecht and made a nuisance of himself against Burnley. Wenger’s shooting himself in the foot.
Tomas Rosicky is another who can add dynamism, hunger and some drive to the midfield. Santi Cazorla should’ve been dropped after Anderlecht let alone subbed in the second half, and it was a surprise not to see the Little Mozart either on Sunday.
The Czech international will almost certainly be seeking an exit this winter, Wenger’s reluctance to field him is a strange one for a player who has been so reliable when fit over the past few seasons. But we’ve seen it before with players who Wenger’s lost faith in, but this is the player who helped transform our momentum in the FA Cup final as an extra-time substitute a few months back.
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With the power of hindsight it’s easy to slam Wenger for his decisions, but he needs to rectify them by actually revisiting where he’s been wrong and rethink his continued avoidance of Rosicky and Podolski.
Joel Campbell seems to have dropped off the face of the earth too and seems a more reliable and effective option than Sanogo. Wenger is obviously not convinced at all with the Costa Rican despite his pre-season promise.
Maybe Wenger’s still dwelling on his second string’s loss to Southampton in the Capital One Cup…