By 1970’s Gooner
I must say that I raised more than one eyebrow when the team sheet was announced in Athens last Tuesday. What on earth did possess Wenger to name Vermaelen AND Santos in the starting eleven when the game was absolutely irrelevant to where Arsenal would finish in the group?.
Santos was the only available left back we had at the club! And he goes and plays him in Greece! Shocking decision….
Now we are facing a crisis for the next two to three weeks until Gibbs returns.
What are the options then for the game against Everton?
Wenger intends to play Vermaelen at left back.
I really beg to disagree.
Vermaelen should be kept at centre back. He has developed a very good understanding with Mertesacker and they complement each other perfectly as one is left and the other right sided.
The quality of their performances as a central defensive pair have been very obvious for every one to see.
I also think that Vermaelen is a top top central defender and he can cover for any of Mertesacker’s weaknesses much better than any other.
If Vermaelen plays at left back then Koscienly will start in central defence. Don’t get me wrong. Koscienly has been in top form this season but I think the team will overall have a better balance with Vermaelen in central defence.
Djourou Mertesacker Vermaelen Koscienly
Ramsey Song Arteta
Walcott RVP Gervinho