Arteta’s back! by DN
We all know that our nominal captain Mikel Arteta has done great things for Arsenal in his time, but although I am sure he is a great example to our youngsters on the training field I don’t believe he is now capable of doing a job for the first team.
With Francis Coquelin out injured, we have been left with Matthieu Flamini as our only established defensive midfielder and with Calum Chambers as the new apprentice. Now that Arteta has returned to fitness, playing 45 minutes with the U21 side yesterday, I am worried that Wenger will include him as a possible starter in the upcoming games.
Arteta has hardly played much in the last year, and the memory of him coming on against West Brom after Le Coq got injured fills me with dread, as it must surely have been his worst ever performance in an Arsenal shirt, and I was relieved when he was taken off injured himself.
We all know that Flamini surely can’t play in every game until Coquelin recovers, but the biggest worry is that Wenger will use the return of Arteta as a reason for not bringing in another true defensive midfielder like Victor Wanyama or William Carvalho.
I hope that Wenger has realised that Arteta is now past his sell-by-date for the first team, but recently Le Prof hinted that will be brought back to the squad, albeit slowly. He said recently: “It is the same calf injury, but every time I take a gamble and put him back in he has a setback.
“This time I want to be a little more cautious and get him to play one or two games in the reserves before he comes back and plays.”
Please Arsene, don’t think about it. Use Chambers, or Elneny if he joins, rather than risking another nightmare from Arteta.