Arsenal host Manchester United this weekend which means Angel di Maria is coming to town, not to mention the likes of Wayne Rooney and traitor Robin Van Persie. After our recent defensive performances there’s no wonder we are all a little nervous.
One big talking point from the 2-1 loss to Swansea was the lack of support offered to Calum Chambers. It was glaringly obvious to every man and their dog the 19-year-old was being taken to the cleaners by Jefferson Montero yet Wenger seemingly refused to act on it and others chose to ignore it.
Many have suggested it’s time to shift Chambers centrally and bring in the young and in-experienced Hector Bellerin to add more pace at right back. But that’s the problem, he’s too young and in-experienced. While the Spaniard has been decent when he has featured, Bellerin struggled against Borussia Dortmund and it is a massive gamble to field the 19-year-old in the high intensity fixture this weekend.
Instead we should see more cover from the right midfielder which will likely be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Ox will need to provide more support to prevent Chambers being consistently one-on-one with di Maria who will likely target the young Englishman.
Seeing the Argentine in the flesh last Wednesday night against Croatia you realize how quick and incredibly he is, an attribute Chambers can not compare. He will need to do his best to hold Di Maria up and not to dive in. With his extra yard of pace the Argentine will take Chambers to the cleaners just in time for dinner.
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Mertesacker and Monreal will also have their hands full so it’s a case of Arsenal’s midfield being prepared to aid Chambers and both full backs not bombing forward at the same time to leave us exposed.
A more reserved approach is needed. Do you think Wenger will learn from Chambers recent struggle against Swansea’s Montero? Probably not. But it’s also up to the players to show more discipline.