Ramsey injury should be a warning sign not to burn the squad out. by KM
Hi guys, so Arsenal have been rocking it out winning some big games, scoring some nice goals and recording some great clean sheets, and it all looks good at the moment. The only problem lurking round is the annual injury curse that’s hit us again.
We’ve hit form after the internationals which is great, but almost 90% of our squad was traveling across the world and most of them played two games with Aaron Ramsey paying the price with a hamstring injury.
The Welshman has become an integral part of our squad and he will be missed. This means we’ll introduce the Ox who has put in some dodgy performances so far, but he has all the ingredients to be a great player – and this is a big chance for him.
I fear for Alexis though. He traveled to South America and played two games with a slight problem and he came back and played another two games. Sanchez has played in every single game this season regardless if he started the game or entered from the bench.
Everton are a tough side, that will look for a response after losing to Man United, and we need this win, which might leave us top of the league at the end of the round, but it’ll be a tough game. We faded against Bayern in the second half, despite winning the game.
Fatigue is creeping in and looking at the bench, not too many options up front are available. Giroud for me put in some better performances from the bench and is an option to start up front. I really feel we need to rest Alexis at least for the first 45 minutes and put the Ox on the left and shift Walcott to the right.
Another player that might come in is Arteta. It’s time for our squad players to show why they were kept in the side. Cazorla is over 30 and played most of the games and Coquelin also has no real alternative, but Arteta or Flamini might come in. Another crazy thought would be to move Santi on the left and again rest Alexis, because he is the best player we have and he’s key to any title surge we will make this year.
On a final note, Wenger might think “I rotated in a few games and they didn’t end up all to well” plus “The system is working, why change it”, which are fair points but, priorities have to kick in too. We will most likely need to go to Bayern and get a result which will be another extremely physically demanding task.
Over the past three seasons we’ve improved on signings, winning trophies, tactics, discovering new ways to win and special preparation against different opposition. Now we need to improve on how we handle the squad.
Have a great Arsenal weekend!