We are in the midst of an injury crisis at the moment, and Arsene Wenger has been speaking about his options ahead of our clash with Swansea this weekend, as reported by Arsenal.com.
Wenger confirmed what we all already knew, that we will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott for the game. The pair were taken off injured during our Capital One Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday, and are set to undergo scans to assess the damage.
We are also without Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, and Tomas Rosicky (via Arsenal.com), so Wenger really has an issue on his hands.
The manager claims he has two realistic options against Swansea, with one of Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi likely to start the game – he discussed the possibility of playing Santi Cazorla out wide, but suggested the Spaniard was better utilised centrally.
“Campbell and Alex Iwobi [are my options],” he said.
“Santi can play there as well but he has become very important centrally. The problem sometimes is that you can destroy two departments if you move one player out. We control the ball better with Santi in the middle.”
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Neither player was particularly impressive against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, but then again no Arsenal player was. Campbell seems the most likely to start given his age and experience, but Iwobi was hugely impressive in pre-season and looks the more likely of the two to have a long-term future at the club.
Whoever Wenger opts for it’s not ideal, and injuries have left us really short. Hopefully one of them steps up to the plate and surprises us all, keeping us going until our more senior players return to action.
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We’ve got some huge games coming up, and we need to keep our momentum going if we want to keep up the pressure on Manchester City and progress in the Champions League.