Former Gunner Emmanuel Frimpong was as thrilled as any Arsenal fan that his old side got the win over Bayern Munich this past Tuesday, but believes that Arsene Wenger got his team selection wrong.
The ex-Arsenal man tweeted during the game after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud had been subbed on, suggesting that the current XI was the team that should have started the game. Clearly he believes the French forward should be starting ahead of Theo Walcott at the moment, and prefers a more natural wide man on the flank as opposed to a player like Aaron Ramsey.
The team playing now should have been the starting team
— I AM FRIMPONG (@IAMFRIMPONG26) October 20, 2015
Frimpong may get his wish in the coming games, with injuries potentially forcing Wenger’s hand.
Ramsey suffered a hamstring injury during the second half of the Bayern Munich game, with Wenger suggesting his international adventures the week before were the cause (via the BBC). This leaves Wenger a little short on midfielders of that ilk, meaning he may have to play a more natural winger on the right.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the obvious choice to replace Ramsey, with Joel Campbell also a candidate. And despite recently being deployed up front, Walcott could also be pushed back to the flank, with Giroud retaking his place as the team’s main striker.
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Regardless of how we line up this weekend, it’s hard to say Wenger got things wrong. He put out a team which got an excellent result against arguably the best club in Europe at the moment, and although it was Olivier Giroud who got the breakthrough goal, there’s no telling how we’d have done if he had have started.