When Walcott got injured, everyone wrote off our season as he had become an integral part of our team. It is however worth mentioning that we did without him during the first half of the season. Still, there’s no denying what a massive loss he is.
Without him Wenger has tried to use more of our creative midfielders to plug the hole and create more patient play. The result is our game has become flat as everyone wants to give through balls and there is no one making runs to receive them. This has become more and more evident in our play and it is good that Wenger has realized and turned to the one player that can compensate for Walcott’s pace and that is none other than Chamberlain.
Not a bad replacement. He’s pacy, is a good finisher, can dribble better and can play through the middle as well as the wings. We have suddenly become more clinical and that is all down to Chamberlain. I don’t remember the last time we scored more than two goals in a game. Suddenly defenders are starting to worry about getting caught out at the back.
However, for Chamberlain to be in the team, a midfielder has to be sacrificed. Carzola has made the left wing his own and Ozil seems to be untouchable whether he is playing well or badly and since he seems to be regaining his form, I don’t see him been dropped.
Flamini and Arteta have become our defensive rocks that let our creative players…create while they do the dirty work of protecting the back four. We will need to rely on them more than ever.
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The player who will have to be sacrificed is Tomas Rosicky. As much as we all love him, he is the player who will have to give way as he is too similar in style to the rest and has lost a yard of his pace. He can make an impact as a sub whether it is defending a lead or in an attacking sense.