With Ozil’s form and Giroud fit Arsenal CAN cover Alexis

Giroud Euro 16The best thing to happen over the next week from an Arsenal fan’s point of view would be for the manager of the Chile national team to err on the side of caution and not play our striker Alexis Sanchez in their World Cup qualifier and for the former Barcelona star to arrive back in London with a clean bill of health.

Even if he does that, or even if Alexis does play for Chile on Tuesday without any ill effects then I think Arsene Wenger is going to be very wary about starting our star man at Old Trafford next weekend, even though the Premier League clash with Manchester United is an extremely important game.

It is only three points after all, whereas the prospect of losing Sanchez for a lengthy spell is a huge risk to take. Of course the boss will be tempted to play him after such an impressive run in his new centre forward role but I do not think he has to worry too much.

We do have Olivier Giroud back and gaining match sharpness all the time and the Frenchman’s confidence should be high after his super sub heroics away to Ludogorets in the Champions League. The other big reason we have for not rushing Alexis back is the scoring form of Mesut Ozil and I think that the German could really benefit from the holding ability and link up play of Giroud.

Some of the big striker’s most impressive moments in an Arsenal shirt have been as part of one of those typically Arsenal type of fluent and flowing goals like the one Jack Wilshere scored to win the Match of the Day goal of the season award.

With Ozil in great form in front of goal and with Giroud fit again, can Wenger stop worrying about Alexis Sanchez and make sure the Chilean is at no risk before playing him again?


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  1. muda says:

    That’s why I have respect for jochim loew, he is rapping Ozil in a cotton wool.
    Next AFC manager?? Everything is possible.

  2. Alexis the Great says:

    I also think that Low will be the next Arsenal manager, and it may be next season!
    Can we win without Alexis? Of course we can!
    This is why we have such a big strong squad right now.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      It’d be ideal to get such an experienced manager, he’s well traveled and will know everyone you need to know from each country. He plays great football, and I always prefer when their home nation is a country where you admire the players. I wonder if there’s any who would’ve chosen Loew over Klopp

  3. SQ says:

    I respect his drive but it will be really stupid of Alexis to play on tuesday and risk months on the sidelines

  4. Tatek says:

    Alexis Should put ARSENAL first
    he can’t be arrogant .

  5. Jansen says:

    Alexis is my favorite player and I can understand why fans voted him most important player. Having said that I don’t think he is very loyal or cares too much about anyone but himslef.

    This is not an insult, it probably comes with being hugely competitive in personality and playing for a club that doesn’t match that spirit but instead seem to to have a more conservative view on ambitions.

    I think between Ozil and Sanchez, Sanchez is more likely to look for a club offering him a chance at winning a major trophy at the end of the season.

    He should understand that if he wants AFC to win a major trophy this season that he should play his part and take his own responsibility by NOT playing for his national team this week.

    The guy is a bit of a baby when it comes to pacing himself and wanting play every game. Let’s be honest, he has looked jaded on the pitch and should realize that he too can do with rest.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      I think we need to come up with a better song for Alexis. The Ozil song you can feel the massive respect he gets. Alexis song is a bit like the Cazorla one, sort of a monotone sound to it, we need one that he feels how important he is to us. I don’t know if it would help, because I agree with what you said, but it would help me love our atmosphere a little more. The Vieira song is still the best, I love the hair raising songs when your team is dominating things.

  6. G-Rude says:

    Personally I think that Alexis will leave if we win nothing this season….

  7. Wilshegz says:

    we might win some games without Alexis but I don’t see how it’s possible to beat Mourinho and United at Old Trafford without Alexis upfront or at least a pacey player like Walcott leading the attack.

    Alexis ll be back for the game tho… feel worried about our RB, Jenkinson doesn’t feel me with confidence at all especially with the Ludogorets game.
    Martial ll rape him on that right side.

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