The goalkeeper situation is increasingly becoming a crisis. David Ospina replaced Szczesny in early January and it’s time the Pole replaces the Colombian in March. Perfect.
The Spaniard is the only available right back and while Chambers can play there he’s slower than Bellerin and the Spaniard despite a not so great game against Monaco deserves his place ahead of the Englishman.
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When his team mates leave him isolated against three opponents, it’s no use blaming him. He was the only one who can hold his head high after the chastening night.
He should replace Per Mertesacker. The German needs a break and it’s time Gabriel starts a Premier League game and adapts himself.
I believe he was unlucky to be dropped for the Monaco game and if there were any doubts about who would be first choice, Gibbs answered with his non performance that proves he’s still a long way from being a top class left back.
He has been brilliant since he returned and although his inexperience exposed us against Monaco, he still gets the nod for the Everton tie.
The Palace and Monaco games were staggering samples as to why Santi Cazorla is not an ideal No 8. However given that we have no one to play there Santi gets the chance to conjure his magic again.
His pace should keep Leighton Baines from advancing too much into our half. That said he should also track back to help young Bellerin which I suspect Walcott wouldn’t but still he’s a threat.
He may not have been brilliant against Monaco but he’s simply our best passer and he’s pivotal for such a big game.
Simply because he’s Alexis
Welbeck actually missed two glorious chances the other night, however given the performance of Giroud, I believe the former Manchester United forward should start just to take the French man out of the firing line.
We haven’t defeated Everton at our home in the league since 2012 and given what happened on Wednesday it’s imperative that we respond with a comprehensive win over the Toffees.