Arsenal having to risk early return for the Ox?

Why does it always seem to be that as well as being hit with terrible luck on the injury front on a regular basis, Arsenal often lose a number of players from the same part of the team? So instead of losing a centre back and the back up getting a chance, we lose two or three and have to play a full back out of position or something like that.

Right now it is the right side of the Arsenal team that has been ravaged by injury problems. Not long after losing Aaron Ramsey, Arsene Wenger was dismayed to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have to be replaced on that depressing Capital One cup night in Sheffield and when his replacement Theo Walcott lasted just a few minutes, the curse had well and truly struck.

Thankfully we have managed to get by so far as Joel Campbell has done about as well as we could have expected after so little first team action. So I’m sure that the boss would have wanted Campbell to be fit and ready for action when the Gunners take on West Brom next weekend, but we have a big problem there.

Not only is Wenger worried about the possibility of burn out or injury to Alexis Sanchez, the Campbell situation is worse in a way because he will be the last Gunner to play an international match next week. Costa Rica take on Panama in a crucial World Cup qualifier in the early hours of Wednesday morning so he probably won’t be back in England until Thursday.

That is cutting it fine to say it mildly, as we are in Premier League action on the Saturday, and even if Campbell does start you would not expect him to last the distance. So even though Wenger would want to ease the Ox back into action, despite a report by Metro claiming that he will be ready, the Frenchman may have little choice but to take a risk.

How would you line Arsenal up away to West Brom?

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  1. Mo1 says:

    My prediction is this which I’m fairly confident of unfortunatley, ox back end of Nov at best,
    Ramsey n theo u may aswell say the new year. Danny jack n rozza feb/March

    It’s only a matter of time & I predict when the games are thick n fast ozil sanchez santi n coq are soo close to injury it’s frightening, what baffles is they have been quite a few games where arsenal have 3nil by the last 8th min atleast in most of those games we were comfy yet not once did ozil sanchez or caz get subbed until after like the 88/89min , then wenger talks about burnout lol

    “I knew santi wasn’t well before the game” yet he plays him to the detrement of him nearly collapsing at half time during the derby. These issues don’t get sorted asap come december we will have major problems just like the champs league.

  2. blip says:

    Alexis. Ozil. Campbell
    Coq. Carzorla
    Mon. Kos. Mert. Bell

    SUB rest sanchez against norwich. Bring ox on for campbell in the second half.


    Carzorla. Ozil. Ox
    Flamini. Coq
    Mon. Kos. Mert. Bell

    If sanchez is in need of a rest but of were chasing a victory put him on at half time.

    I would personally go for the first choice.

    Would u ?

  3. Eddy Hoyte says:

    not only sanchez need the to rest.. Coq also personally i’d like to see this
    this team should be able to get a win at WB..
    Sanchez getting his rest please

    or if Ox wont make it


    sub: Ospina,Coq, Adelaide,Gab,Gibbs,Debuchy.

    Am not underestimating WB but either of thus team should be able to win without Sanchez and Coq

    1. muda says:

      Le coq is not playing international game, so need no rest. He is already rested.

  4. Twig says:

    “How would you line Arsenal up away to West Brom?”

    Giroud/Ozil Sanchez Gibbs/Santi Coquelin /Koscielny Gabriel Debuchy Monreal/Cech

  5. BabyPlease says:

    Listen Baby please

    At least we will have our full defensE. That’s a big positive

    (Bench: Ospina Gabriel, Chambers, Debuchy, Gibbs)

    We will have our big DM/ CM : Coquelin, Cazorla and Ozil

    Wingers and CF: OX, Campbell, Alexis, Giroud, Iwobi

    It’s not all doom and gloom, although I will be happier when Walcott, Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosicky and Welbeck return

  6. Okafor says:

    Is Bellerin back from injury? I am just happy to see him in your predicted line up. What of Ox too?

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