I know that Arsene Wenger has been trying to keep the Arsenal defence as solid and secure as possible and the fact that the Frenchman has been able to name the same back four in front of Petr Cech in goal for most of the season has definitely been a big help to the Gunners’ chances of trophy success.
There are limits to how much value an unchanged side gives you as opposed to playing your best players or the ones that are in form. After our experienced but slow German centre back Per Mertesacker dropped another defensive clanger at the weekend and was directly responsible for another lamentable loss to Chelsea, has our BFG made one blunder too many?
I seem to remember the former Arsenal defensive great Martin Keown talking about the current set up recently and saying how impressed he has been with Gabriel, the Brazilian that Wenger signed to avert an injury crisis last January. Keown also said that although the Prof was very loyal to his players, that can soon change if he feels you are not doing the business.
It really was terrible error from the German and it was not the first time that he has cost us this season or since he signed for the club a few years ago. Is it now time for Gabriel to get a proper run in the first team and a chance to replace the hapless Mertesacker?