Who will play Left Back against Bayern? by KJ
The game against Bayern Munich draws inexorably closer and there’s a growing worry that we’ll be extremely short in the left back position against one of the best teams in Europe. There are really only two options for the left back position against Munich – Sagna and Vermaelen. Fortunately, Santos won’t be an option after securing a loan move to Gremio today.
Vermaelen is primarily a centre-back. However, he’s been known to slot into the left back position if required. Last season, he was frankly terrible as a left back and struggled constantly to contribute to the attack as well as lacking the positioning in defence. However, this season when he’s had to slot in at the left back position, I was thoroughly impressed. He struggled in the first match but from there on he was able to overlap the midfield competently and delivered good crosses. He combined very well with Podolski as well.
Sagna is the other option Wenger can utilise against Bayern. There is doubt over Vermaelen being fit for the game and hence Wenger may decide to deploy Sagna as a left back and play Jenkinson as right back. Sagna has struggled as a right back this season and hence it’s plausible that he’ll struggle even more so on the left. On the other hand, he was brilliant against Sunderland last weekend and could be on the verge of starting a streak of good form. Also, Sagna as a right footed player could nullify Robben’s left foot as he cuts in. The only problem is leaving a very inexperienced Jenkinson against the second best left winger in Europe in Frank Ribery (after Ronaldo).
We are definitely in a predicament with the injury to Gibbs. However, our best hope is that Vermaelen will be fit for the game against Bayern so Sagna can play the RB role. Jenkinson I feel lacks the experience to contend with the best wingers in Europe.