Arsene Wenger is always going on about how his wonderful rotation policy is going to help the Arsenal team this season, well now it is time for him to prove it and improve the first team while he is at it.
With Mustafi out injured since the Man United debacle, Wenger had stuck with his ageing defence of Koscielny, Mertesacker and Monreal for the next Premier League game against Southampton, and we all know how that worked out don’t we? The combined age of those defenders is 96 years, and they are not getting any younger as we all know. Wenger may say that he prefers to go with experienced players when he is in a pressure situation (which he is in tonight) but perhaps he should be thinking of going with younger and fresher legs instead, especially as our EPL side have played 4 games in the last 2 weeks.
West Ham had a big boost having beaten Chelsea at the weekend, and the Gunners can ill afford to fall behind to defensive errors for the third game in a row, so I am thinking that it is time to bring the England U21 players Calum Chambers and Rob Holding into the side for tonight’s match. If Wenger wants to keep a little bit of experience in the mix then why not Matthieu Debuchy who played so well in last weeks game against BATE. Or he could stick with Monreal who has not looked as tired and flat-footed as Koscielny and Mertesacker recently.
Chambers and Holding have been in our Europa League side, and although I admit that the opponents are not as strong as the English sides, they have still only conceded one goal in their last four matches. At least we can be certain that they are fresher and fitter than the oldies we are currently using….