THE SEASON THAT ARSENAL MUST BE THE DIFFERENT ANIMAL IS 2016/17 by NO
Apart from the Arsenal and England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the giant German defender Per Mertesacker, Arsene Wenger has a full squad of players to choose from as he prepares Arsenal for the Premier League away game at Man City.
As well as praising the Arsenal and England international star for the way he came back after a long time out with injury problems, Arsene Wenger was attempting to explain to the confused Arsenal fans just why he had dropped Danny Welbeck from the Arsenal starting line-up in recent weeks.
I am going to surprise a few people now and tell you that Arsene Wenger does not pick his team and tactics with the deliberate intention of causing us Arsenal fans grief. He may be stubborn at times and there may be other faults that can be laid at the feet of the Frenchman but the idea that he does things to make Arsenal struggle and lose is just daft.
Wenger deserves great credit for Arsenal win by Sam P
When Arsene Wenger turned to the Arsenal bench early in the second half of a tough game against a Norwich City side fighting for their Premier League survival, the Arsenal fans were delighted to see Danny Welbeck getting ready to come on and with plenty of time to influence the game.
If the Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere had not played 90 minutes for the under 21s on Monday, scoring a great goal which was not enough to help the young Gunners get the win they needed to win automatic promotion to the top division, I reckon that he would be in line for a first start of the season for the senior side on Thursday night.
Arsene Wenger would have had to hand in his Arsenal team selection before he knew how West Ham would line up today, but even though the big centre forward has not started a Premier League game for about three months, I could have told Wenger that Andy Carroll would start against us today.
It may just be that the Arsenal injury list and the form of some of the Gunners who are fit have all but given Arsene Wenger no choice in his team selection recently. It will certainly be interesting to see what happens if and when Aaron Ramsey is fit again, which could be as soon as the trip to West Ham on Saturday.