Yesterday morning, I asked the question of ‘who could replace Cazorla’ against Middlesbrough in this afternoon’s game.
My favourite suggestion was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after his improved form this season, and also because it has been his wish to play through the centre for some time. This could be his chance to prove his talent to Wenger ahead of Santi’s retirement in the next couple of years.
But most commenters thought that Mohamed Elneny was the better choice because of his experience in that position, and a few good performances in the middle last season.
But according to a quote from Arsene Wenger in OwnGoalNigeria, Le Prof also thinks that AlexIwobi could cover for the little Spaniard. Wenger reportedly said: “We have options despite the absence of Xhaka through suspension, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohammed El-Neny and Alex Iwobi are all players who can come in for Cazorla without affecting the balance of the team.”
I don’t think any of us have ever seen Iwobi play in that position, but if Wenger has seen that ability in training then why not take a chance today against Middlesbrough? This would then leave the left-win slot available for either Chamberlain or perhaps the new boy Lucas Perez.
Can anyone see Wenger doing that this afternoon?
Who do you think should replace Cazorla this afternoon?
- Elneny (67%, 220 Votes)
- Iwobi (21%, 68 Votes)
- Oxlade-Chamberlain (12%, 41 Votes)
Total Voters: 329