Arsene Wenger has a selection problem for Arsenal with the visit of West Ham to the Emirates tomorrow. It is vital that the Gunners make the most of this game in hand to keep right up with Everton and Tottenham in the race for a top four finish. With Mikel Arteta injured, Wenger has used Francis Coquelin and Abou Diaby behind Jack Wilshere in the midfield. Both of those players look likely to miss tomorrow’s match and Arteta has not recovered, so Wenger has got to reshuffle his pack.
The boss may decide to drop Wilshere further back to the position he was playing earlier in the season, but Jack has been brilliant behind the forwards and it would be a real shame to lose that flair in attack. Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain both trained today after their illnesses, as did Tomas Rosicky, so Wenger does have plenty of players, but is that defensive midfield role, as usual, that is causing him problems. He must realise that we need back up for that position.
The only player who is fit and plays that role naturally is Emmanuel Frimpong. The 21-year old recently completed a short term loan at Charlton Athletic, so is match fit. The question is whether Wenger will risk throwing him into the team at such a crucial stage. He may decide to play Aaron Ramsey, who is versatile but more attacking minded than is ideal.
West Ham are a physical side, and I think that the combative Frimpong should be brought in to counter that. There are plenty of flair players in the Arsenal team, what we need is some grit and determination. What do you think Gooners?