Yeah we won in a way only we can win. Arsenal did their best to help Reading but at the end their goalkeeper decided that he had to give something back to such a generous team and gifted us a goal. In the end we won by the sheer brilliance of Sanchez and Ozil and we will be back at Wembley in May and that’s all that matters. However as is the norm with Arsenal fans these days, there is always something to moan about. Yesterday though it was the team selection.
Arsene Wenger made a number of changes to his team line up and in hindsight it’s fair to say that it didn’t go to plan. Welbeck did nothing of note, Gibbs, well he has to be sold, I am done with him and Szczesny has to move on.
Mathieu Debuchy also made his long awaited comeback from his injury yesterday.
It was obvious he wasn’t matchfit and it showed in his game. He looked rusty throughout and to be fair credit to him after he completed 120 mins and that is crucial as he seeks full fitness. The question raging among Gunners now is who should start against Chelsea, Debuchy or the inexperienced but exciting Hector Bellerin?
The Bellerin brigade have a case. The young Spaniard has come a long way since the game against Dortmund and he’s genuinely someone who has a great future ahead of him. He is great going forward and his electric pace means he can always get back to defend. However his youthful exuberance can sometimes push him into impetuousness. His rash challenge against Sterling and his not so great performance against Burnley spring to mind. Against Chelsea he will probably face the greatest threat he has ever faced so far in Eden Hazard. The Belgian is quick, tricky and almost Suarez-like except for the biting part. So is it entirely necessary for Arsenal to play in a youngster in what is possibly their most difficult game of the season?
Debuchy meanwhile isn’t fully fit yet. However the 120 mins and another week of training should be enough for him, I guess.
His experience is so important in these kind of games. It was evident against Reading, despite him being semi fit he was a wall at the back once Reading started pumping balls in. Given Mertesacker’s injury and if he doesn’t make it for the Chelsea game playing Bellerin would be too much of a risk. Debuchy’s experience and defensive solidity should see him get the nod.
Who should start against Chelsea, Arsenal fans, Debuchy or Bellerin? Share your thoughts below..