There has been a lot of criticism for the Arsenal manager this week. It’s hardly surprising really after all the great expectations carefully built up over the last eight months were left in a pile of rubble on the Emirates pitch on Sunday.
But while the boss must take his fair share of the blame for his team selection and tactics, the Arsenal players must also shoulder a large portion of the responsibility for their insipid all round and individual performances. And so there must be a few of them whose places in the starting line up are at risk for our next game, which is an away day clash with the Crystal Palace side rejuvenated under Alan Pardew.
And Wenger may well have to rethink his somewhat negative tactics in order to give the Gunners more firepower and threat rather than just tippy tapping the ball around. For me the first change would be to bring Santi Cazorla back into the middle in order to control and create.
And I would not just change the places of him and Ramsey but drop the Welshman altogether and bring a proper wide player in, namely Theo. I am sure that many Arsenal fans will want the boss to hand Alexis Sanchez a start but he looked rusty and I still think it is a risk before he is fully match fit. The Chilean would still be available from the bench if we need him.
The other change I would make would be to bring Arteta in for Coquelin, and not just because the young Frenchman had a bad day, but because the Spaniard is more attacking minded and would give the whole team more chance of creating chances.
What changes, if any, would you like to see Arsenal make?