Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed today that he will have to make some tough decisions ahead of the home game against Newcastle United. The Gunners are suffering from widespread injury problems, so much that some positions have no cover left, and this is forcing Wenger to consider playing people out of position.
Speaking to arsenal.com, Wenger said how recalling Coquelin was a last minute call and that he had been hoping that Ramsey would be fit in time for the game. He also said that he would probably shift Mathieu Debuchy into central defence, because there is ‘not a massive difference’ between right back and centre back.
He [Aaron Ramsey] told me yesterday he was very positive and much better and that he would play, then he texted me late last night and said he was out. I called Coquelin back from Charlton.
As regards Debuchy, who has only just returned from a two month spell on the sidelines, the manager admitted that it was asking a lot of the player, but that the gamble had to be made.
I have asked him [Debuchy] already.
Yes, of course [it’s a big ask], but the solution I have to decide will not be ideal, it will be a gamble. But there is not a massive difference between right-back and centre-back.
With so many makeshift solutions in today’s game, expect a nailbiting match in which you close your eyes every time Newcastle comes forward. Hopefully the Gunners will pull through and secure the win though. We have dropped too many points at home this season and simply cannot afford to do so any more.