I bet Arsene Wenger must be wondering what to do with Shad Forsythe at the moment. Shame on him for doing his job so well and reducing the number of players on the treatment table. Now what is Wenger meant to do with a full squad all ready and itching to play?
Against Stoke City, Arsenal had Rosicky, Cazorla, AOC and Alexis Sanchez on the pitch while the bench included Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and let us not forget Joel Campbell. Throw in Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, and Jack Wilshere who are soon returning from injury and Wenger has a problem.
Granted this selection headache Wenger will soon be facing is a welcome sight for him and the fans but I guarantee there will soon start to be some disgruntled voices from players not getting playing time. Mesut Ozil is the most expensive player at the club…do you think he will agree to sit on the bench for long but would it be right to bench Cazorla? Theo Walcott had become a very important member of the squad before his injury yet is now forced to play second fiddle to AOC.
Anyone tempted to drop Alexis Sanchez…anyone? I didn’t think so! Other undroppable players at the moment include Tomas Rosicky for the simple fact that he keeps the team ticking and has formed a good partnership with Coquelin in midfield, and Olivier Giroud as he makes Arsenal a bit more unpredictable as they are able to vary their attacks. Wenger can try to replace Rosicky with Ramsey but while Ramsey has unbelievable energy, he tends to attack too much and will leave Coquelin exposed.
At this point in time, the players are fine and will put up a united front but as time goes by and they get less and less playing time, they will start to get frustrated. It is a long time since Wenger has been in such a situation so I am curious to see how he handles this situation. Mourinho is ruthless in dealing with his players but I am not so sure about Arsene Wenger. All I can say is good luck to him