Arsené Wenger please stop the excuses by Joe A
Hey guys Hope you are fine. So I saw this story about Wenger not wanting to risk Koscielny and it does make sense. But Mr Arsené Wenger it is you that did not get another centre-back in. To make it worse, all your known targets are not really top level players.
Now I wuld understand if you don’t go for Matts Hummels or Neven Subotic. Both would want to be starters meaning one of Mertesacker or Koscielny or the new guy, would have to take a seat on the bench. The part I still fail to understand is how much better than Chambers, Hayden, Ajayi and even Monreal is Mings? He’s a Championship player and we are failing to trust those we have – probably because of their level of talent.
I understand the Monreal situation. He impressed at the centre but we risk not having a left back. Chambers is still too raw, I don’t know why Hayden and Ajayi have not been given a chance, but I figure it means they are not trusted enough, and then there would be the point in wanting to maintain stability by not bringing in a big ego but I am sure there are many defenders that are the same level or nearly the same as, or best but not too big as to want to call the shots. Now I know many of you will say “real simple. drop Mertesacker”, but having a centre-back pairing of two pressing defenders usually results in getting caught flat footed. So you need the thinker who is more suited to positional awareness, and the presser who applies pressure and that is why Metersacker and Koscielny play well together.
In my opinion, we should either get a left back that’s good back up but not a big ego (one that is 70% through their career with nothing to lose) so that we can confidently play Monreal at CB when necessary and then, get a defensive mid (at the beginning of his good years) that can also fit in at centre-back occasionally. That gives us fewer sulking players on the bench and enough stock for the back four. I’m not so sure Chambers will ever make a good central midfielder, but I think he’s worth a try. If he can nail it, then we can have deep mid covered with a new signed player as first choice, and also give us an option in the middle, Arteta being the experienced old man for the games when experience is required and Chambers being back up to the centre-backs, right back and deep mid. Monreal being the back up to left back and centre-back, and having another left back just to hold on in case Gibbs and Monreal are both injured. so two players would do – but Wenger, you gotta play with that Lego….