Not only have Arsenal had to deal with more injury problems than all of our Premier League rivals over the last 10 years, but we also seem to lose players from the same area of the pitch at the same time, making the job of selecting a strong and well balanced side something of a nightmare for Arsene Wenger.
And it has happened again. First of all it seemed to be the midfield area that was being decimated, especially once Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta joined Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere in the treatment room. But three of those Arsenal players have often been used in the wide areas as well, so when we lost Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this week during the Capital One Cup defeat, it became the right wing that was left desperately short looking.
There have been a number of ideas put forward to deal with this, such as pushing a full back into a more advanced role, but the boss has explained in a report on the Arsenal website why he will not be doing this. He feelsd it is bad enough having to make changes in one position and if he then started messing with other parts of the team it could unbalance the whole thing.
So the Frenchman has admitted that he only has two realistic options open to him for the Premier League game away to Swansea City.
Wenger said, “Campbell and Alex Iwobi. Santi can play there as well but he has become very important centrally. The problem sometimes is that you can destroy two departments if you move one player out. We control the ball better with Santi in the middle.”
So there you go Gooners, but which one of them should get the nod?