We have reached the final third of the season and its that time of the campaign where points matter a whole lot more than performances. While Arsenal’s season has so far been filled with disappointments, there have been odd moments of joy and brilliance.
Alexis Sanchez has been a revelation while Santi Cazorla has been mesmerising lately. However, it’s fair to say that some players haven’t hit their stride yet for various reasons. Here are three players who have a point to prove.
Where to start with Jack? His injuries may have hindered his development, but it’s not all down to his time on the sidelines. Even when he’s fully fit Wilshere he’s had an underwhelming campaign so far. Now that Aaron Ramsey is injured, Wilshere has another opportunity to prove himself. I fear he may find himself on the fringes of the first team if he fails this time around. And try not to pose for a photo with a shisha pipe in the future Jack, grow up.
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Another smoker in our team. He’s outdone himself and eclipsed Wilshere by smoking in the dressing room showers after that shocking Southampton game. Given his performance that day even a Tottenham Hotspur fan would have known better. Since then David Ospina has replaced Szczesny and the Pole is only used in Cup games. Having said that Ospina hasn’t looked entirely convincing and Arsene Wenger too recently admitted that the No.1 spot was open. Szczesny has the potential to be the best but potential takes you only so far. Has he done enough against Middlesbrough? Only time will tell..
Gibbs has had a strange season – he hasn’t been poor but he hasn’t really pushed on yet. He’s still prone to the odd lapse in concentration and his final ball leaves a lot to be desired. As of now he’s clearly playing second fiddle to Nacho Monreal, who’s been nothing short of excellent for the last couple of months or so. The Spaniard deservedly is ahead of Gibbs and its up to the Englishman to fight for his place. With the games coming thick and fast Gibbs will have his opportunities to shine.