Another midfielder out? by AT
Just when you thought Arsenal’s injury crisis in midfield simply cannot get any worse, news has emerged, from the Daily Mirror, that Mathieu Flamini is ‘almost certain’ to miss Arsenal’s clash against Bournemouth as a result of an ankle injury. Thankfully, the problem is understood to be short-term.
However, it leaves Arsene Wenger with a big decision to make. Who does he play alongside Aaron Ramsey in the middle of the park for Arsenal? Realistically, the boss has two options. One is to bring in young Calum Chambers into the team as a direct replacement for Flamini and the other is to move Koscielny up the pitch and bring in Gabriel to partner Mertesacker at the back.
If you’d ask me, I would really like to give Koscielny a run at defensive midfield. The Frenchman has a very good reading of the game and is very adept at making strong tackles and timely interceptions. In addition, he also has good pace and can beat a player or two and stride forward with ease, thus having all the attributes to excel in the holding role.
Chambers, on the other hand, hasn’t played a lot of first-team football recently and to be quite honest, the Englishman lacks some pace and could easily be outrun by the Bournemouth midfield. In addition, I’m not sure how well he can read the game in the middle of the park as there is a bigger tactical element to it when compared to full-back.
Now while Gabriel hasn’t seen much first-team action either, he’s looked very solid every time he’s played and has proven that he can come in and do the job for Arsenal. So with that being said, I really hope to see the Brazilian in the starting lineup tonight, with Koscielny partnering Ramsey in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield.