Happy Monday!! as Bob Geldof once crooned. Alex here, I forgot to mention yesterday that im filling in for Pete for the week as he jet sets off to Dortmund. But fear not we have plenty to talk about – more fall out from the City game, Man United being the greatest team on the planet, Dortmund and the Champions League, the Scottish Referendum then Villa on Saturday. What an action packed week!
Let’s start with Ozil. The consensus seems to be that he is just not cutting the mustard at the moment. I was certainly harsh on him yesterday, if that accounts for anything. It was mooted somewhere that a swap deal for Reus next summer would be an attractive option. Well yeah sure who wouldn’t want Marco Reus, but lets not write off Ozil just yet. He is a world class player – he’s proved that in big games for Real Madrid and Germany. He’s recognised as world class by the likes of Ronaldo, Mourinho and Arsene. He’s clearly unfit, low on confidence or suffering from the world’s longest comedown (too much fun in Ibiza I’d say).
Whatever it is, lets not completely write him off just yet. The boys got talent; he just needs to find his mojo. Whether he finds it out on the left is another story. Arshavin, Ramsey, Wilshere have all struggled in their left wing apprenticeships. What’s the answer? Christ knows, maybe abolish that position and have two right wingers. Or abolish all wingers and play five people in the hole with Welbeck up top. That’s basically what we do now anyway. Problem solver. Your welcome.
In other news the last time I checked twitter Debuchy is out for three months. Absolute shocker, who could have possibly foreseen that Arsenal would have a full back injury crisis? Not me, and neither it appears the chap who gets paid £8 mill a year to build out a squad that can compete in four competitions. I mean really, it’s not like we’re used to injury prone fullbacks (I’ve just broken the sarcasm detector).
So who can fill in at right back against Dortmund tomorrow night? The way I see it we have a few options – Chambers, Flamini, Bellerin, Bould, Lord Lucan, Chi Chi the sneezing panda or some ironical twist on Shrodinger’s cat where we simultaneously play not a right back in this universe and create an alternative universe in which 1970 Carlos Alberto fills in – that’s how it works right?
In all seriousness though, there is lots of crowing about how Arsenal have always looked to bring youth through and now is a great opportunity for Bellerin and Hayden. I’ll admit I have seen very little of either and i’m sure they have bags of potential but blooding youth in a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund is like asking 10 year old Macaulay Caulkin to take on Hamlet as his first acting gig, chances are he’ll have a stinker. It all reeks of bad planning once again and seems ridiculous that a month into the season we are already only one injury away from a threat level of “Severe”. But remember: “This is the best of all possible worlds” (repeat and fade).
Final thought from me, there has been discussion about our new formation – the 4-1-4-1 to replace the 4-2-3-1 we used last year. Can someone explain the difference to me because I do not have the foggiest? Has it disrupted our attacking prowess? Has it made us more resolute at the back? Will it ever click?!!!
Answers on a postcard please. Until tomorrow @aldo_doel signing out x