The Gunners are set to embark on a torrid set of fixtures which involves visiting White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge, while also hosting Swansea and Manchester City at Emirates. What better time to lose Ozil to a serious hamstring injury eh?
It appears likely he will not return until mid April, and after an extremely encouraging display from the German against Everton, it was hoped he would push on and pull something out of his hat against Bayern then inspire us to maximum points during March. Maybe that’s a little over exaggerated, but he has shown how important he is to this side and he’s a massive loss.
But Arsenal do have other creative maestro’s in Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla. But both really need to step it up and take it to the level they’re both capable of.
The attacking midfielders have shown moments of brilliance recently but have lacked the consistency we know they can reach. Santi has played on the wing for majority of this season and may be afforded a role as the No 10 when Rosicky is not selected. Both are fantastic players to have to replace Ozil.
Until Ramsey returns to full fitness, it appears likely that Wenger will opt for the Flamini-Arteta combination with the Ox on the flanks. Against his former club, Arteta played in a more advanced role and was able to move further forward than he has in the past. This used to be his position and he could help to lessen the blow of losing Wilshere until Ramsey returns to action, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
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With Flamini and Arteta holding the fort, a front four of The Ox, Cazorla, Rosicky and Giroud does sound exciting despite the absence of Ozil. Podolski can certainly contribute too, but now is the time for both Rosicky and Cazorla to step up to the plate and take us forward.