Arsenal’s right-wing conundrum by Briantole
Recently it seems that Wenger has turned the tides around by playing players in their most favoured position for a change, but there is one place that has come under the spotlight. The right wing.
First of all Ramsey plays here but he is not a winger. He doesn’t have the skill and acceleration of a winger. His defensive skills are admirable but he lacks the bite in the final third playing on the flanks.
Theo Walcott – For most of us he is the most natural in that position, but for some time now Theo has insisted that he is more suited to the lone striker role. He has the speed, the touch and the movement perfectly suited for a winger. The main flaw he has is that his defensive instincts are wanting, He doesn’t track back so often and he also lacks the drive that pushes the team forward.
The Ox – Maybe our most viable option here.The problem is that he is too inexperienced and is lacking in confidence. And his style of play seems more to be covering ground than to be a force in attack. His father Wenger and he are convinced that he is more of a midfielder than an attacker. He so wishes to have Lahm’s versatility. It could be important to him.
Joel Campbell – a player who has been slowly proving himself and looks like suitable cover for this position. He has creativity, skill, work rate and control, with an extensive amount of success in attack. The problem is he doesn’t have enough pace and looks far more comfortable on the left. At the left we all know what’s there…..Sanchez. But the Chilean cannot play in two positions at once, and given that he is also far more comfortable on the left it seems inevitable he has made the position his own.
With all the current options seemingly not satisfactory and Wenger also admitting that they have better positions to play at.
Also Wenger admittedly posing regrets as to how he was not able to get hold of Sterling and Coman, it seems fair to say he is also not as convinced about our right wing options as the fans are. He might purchase more wingers come January, and with the Nolito and Isco links becoming more realistically possible, the fans will be pleased if we could bring in a true winger as an option.
But then again with Welbeck and Wilshere soon looming out of their injuries I might have gotten far ahead of myself, but there is also the possibility that neither may play at all this season…..
Wenger needs to think hard about this conundrum.