Arsenal MUST rotate to face the coming challenges

What will be Arsenal’s biggest challenge from now till the end of the season? by SE

Arsenal, after enjoying a decent start to their campaign, will want to start producing results once the ongoing international break culminates. The first month of the campaign can be tough and, with many players returning from the World Cup in Brazil, it was always going to be an impediment to start producing results from the word go.
Having said that, Sanchez has slowly but surely clicked into gear; Chambers’s verve and panache is out there for everyone to see and, with the likes of Gibbs and Walcott to return from injury, Arsenal have at least a couple of more gears to switch to. Let us also not forget that Ozil’s best is yet to come, and Arsenal would want the German firing on all cylinders.

But, overall, what will be Arsenal’s biggest challenge from now till the end of the season?

It is so important for Arsenal and Wenger to identify the competitions they want to vie for. Yes, it’s academic that any manager would prioritize the Premier League and the Champions League; but, with the League cup commencing on the 23rd of September, there might be a temptation to play your best side, as and when a Premier League heavyweight confronts you. Wenger has to refrain himself from playing his best side in all competitions. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t play his first choice XI in most games, but squad rotation is tantamount to what Arsenal are trying to achieve this season.

During August, he had the luxury of playing one game in a week, and, although Arsenal were involved in the Champions League playoff tie, it was easy for Wenger to play with a settled lineup. However, he might not be able to use his key personnel in all the games come next week; add to that, he can’t compromise on results, either.

As soon as the international break culminates, Arsenal play the defending champions of England at the weekend; a couple of days later, they face an away clash against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. And that’s where Arsene Wenger has a colossal challenge to rise up to. Does he play the quartet of Sanchez, Ozil, Ramsey and Welbeck in both those games? It’s going to be tough, isn’t it?

Final Thought
The answer is straight forward: Rotate the squad, without compromising on the results. There were times during August when he overplayed Sanchez; Ozil, during the game against Leicester, wasn’t finding his best of touches, but still played the whole of 90 minutes. Don’t think he can afford such a pattern once Arsenal return to action next week. The likes of Chamberlain and Rosicky need to be given game time, for Arsenal’s cause and the players themselves.


Tags Chambers Ramsey welbeck


  1. v MANC:
    debuchy koz mert monreal
    arteta ramsey
    ox ozil campbell
    v DORT:
    bellerin/debuchy koz chambers gibbs
    flam wilshire
    caz roz podolski

    1. first step we should sign a free agent defender like YEPES/YOBO/LUGANO and use them in cup matches to rest our main defenders.

    2. Personally, I think I would play Flamini in both games. Both ManC and BvB would gangen pressen Arteta almost before he had the ball. Also, I’m not sure if Kos will be able to play both games, I believe he is carrying an Achilles injury and is finding it a bit tough. Apart from that I’m ok with it. I might have suggested Bellerin with Campbell as they seemed to click pretty well. And I assume you mean Cazorla as CAM rather than Rosicky. What has to happen is not to get caught early by both teams. So we will need to be tight in defence for the initial onslaught I think both ManC and especially BvB will throw at us.

    3. Why not play Chambers at RB rather than Hector, or, at DM rather than Arteta.
      Man Cty is a tough game, always, but, we play them at Home, and, they have an away game at Bayern on the Wednesday, so, may make a few changes, like, Aguero being rested, simply because, as EPL Champions, but, failing badly in the UCL since their qualification, they may prioritise that competition.
      Yaya may rested for the UCL too.
      Ozil MAY not be fully fit to play either, unless his omission from the German team IS really just precautionary, though that would rule him out of at least one game.

      1. Sadly we need to keep Chambers spare to cover for Kos. If Kos is overplayed his Achilles will inflame and he will be out for many months.

    4. i like where your heads at, at this point in the season. hopefully a sturdy dm will develop as the season progresses to allow ozil to be more of a 10. but for now, i’d have to agree w this approach. like you said, it worked once, really well.

    5. Sir Scz
      Debuchy BFG BOSS nacho
      campbell ….ozil….ramsey

      campbell …flamini….ramsey
      alexi ……wellbeck…..ozil

      ……flamini…. ramsey
      campbell ……alexi
      i like i its versatility

  2. Rotation is key to success. Nice to see we have more quality options on the bench so running players into the ground shouldn’t happen this time.
    Yepes for now is a good shout. Very experienced and still a great defender. That leaves 1 last remaining space to be filled in january.

  3. My preferred current team:

    Sanchez …………Ozil………….Ox
    Dat guy

  4. Personally, I’d go for:

    Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny; (Ospina)

    Defenders: Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs; (Monreal, Chambers, Bellerin (******* should bought one of these!)

    Midfield: Callum Chambers (central defensive midfield) Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil. (Arteta, Diaby, Flamini, Santi, Rosicky, The Ox..)

    Wide left and right midfield: Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott. (The Ox, Gnabry, Rosicky, Santi, Campbell, Poldi..)

    Centre Forward: Danny Welbeck. (Campbell, Poldi, Theo, Giroud, Sanogo)

    I think it is a proven back line that has possibly improved with Debuchy. There would be a midfield that has power, pace, stamina, superb technique, excellent creativity and many goals. With Chambers in it will quicken and have better defensive capability. Supported by a striker who has great pace and directness who could run onto the fabulous through balls or play with his back to goal.

    Top quality counter attacking team.

  5. Rotation is a very good option in keeping our best players fresh, for when the big come! And they will be coming fast and furious! Coyg!

  6. Rotation is a very good option in keeping our best players fresh, for when the big games come! And they will be coming fast and furious! Coyg!

  7. Rambo should be rotated with ” little mozart” to keep him fresh! Its a long season and its important for us not to burn him out to risked injury to him! Coyg!

  8. Rotation for defenders will be difficult.


    Only 6 defenders, 4 positions and 4 competitions
    Will get real tired soon and what happens if there are injuries?

    1. Wenger’s inaction over our defence is unbelievable, and in my view, unacceptable. Especially when you take Gibbs’ injury record and the fact that Kos has been carrying a Achilles problem since March I believe. If they both go down for any length of time paddle sh*t and creek spring to mind.

    2. You generally don’t see much too unenforced rotation in defences. Not unusual to see the same 5 week in week out on the team sheet of successful clubs. Defenders don’t generally exert same energy levels as midfielders and are capable of more games. Even Mourinho only has one decent defensive replacement in Felipe Luis – any of the others replacements likely to see big drop off in quality. Injuries are the bigger concern in my opinion.

    3. Bellerin is as good if not better than Jenks so he can be 2nd choice RB, allowing Chambers to be CB cover, we are meant to be signing Yepes on a free also. Flamini can cover anywhere on the backline.

  9. Last year failure to rotate cost us a few points, certain players were over played. I.e. Ramsey and Ozil
    Unlike OG there were other options

  10. Rank team with best strikers

    1. City: Aguero, Dzeko, Jovetic
    2. United: RVP, Falcao, Rooney
    3. Chelsea: Costa, Remy, Drogba
    4. Liverpool: Ballotelli, Sturridge, Lambert, Borini
    5. Arsenal: Welbeck, Giroud, Campbell, Sanogo

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