As we could all have guessed at the beginning of the season, Santi Cazorla has hardly kicked a ball for the Arsenal first team, and ever since his injury the Gunners have struggled to find a suitable replacement in the attacking mid position.
But finally, in the last month or so, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was tried in the position and seems to have improved drastically with every single game, and it looked like we had at last found a long term replacement for our Spanish genius.
Unluckily (or inevitably!) Alex has now sustained a hamstring injury, and although we are yet to know the full extent of the problem, he will definitely not be playing against West Brom tomorrow at the Hawthorns, in a game that Arsenal simply must win.
So who could Wenger use to fill that role in his absence? Not many of us fans would be backing Aaron Ramsey to return to that role, and Granit Xhaka is still a bit too volatile to be risked, especially against a physical team like West Brom.
The good news is that Mohammed Elneny has rejoined the squad after his ankle injury, but as he has not played for quite some time it is unlikely that he would be risked for the full 90 minutes tomorrow, but if he has looked okay in training it is a possiblility. Wenger was asked yesterday if he thought that the Egyptian would have returned so quickly and Le Prof replied: “No, because at the start it looked like it was a very bad ankle injury. He has recovered well because he’s a very strong boy and very keen to come back as quickly as possible. It worked well for him.”
So that is another possibility. The only other candidate I can think would be Alex Iwobi, who Wenger has often stated would be in that position in the future, although he seems to prefer him on the wing most of the time.
So who do you think Wenger will choose?