So which Arsenal players can cover central midfield injuries?

It is not really going too far to say that Arsenal v Galatasaray on Wednesday night is a must win game for the Gunners, at least if we are to keep our hopes alive of actually winning our UCL group this time and avoiding the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the first knockout stage.

We simply have to win our home games, so the ever growing injury list has really given Arsene Wenger a headache and left him with a selection headache for midweek. As revealed in a report by, the boss has revealed that Aaron Ramsey are definitely out of contention for the Turkish club as well as the trip to Chelsea at the weekend. He also said that Abou Diaby is not ready, even though the French midfielder cam through about an hour against Southampton in the league cup unscathed. Hopefully Diaby will be available to face Chelsea but we still have the small problem of Galatasaray to deal with.

And it is the central midfield area that is the most concerning. Mathieu Flamini will start, of course, but who can play alongside him if Wilshere’s ankle problem keeps him out? It’s a tough one. Maybe Francis Coquelin or Calum Chambers, although that would not give much help to the attackers and the onus is on Arsenal to win. Zelalem maybe, although the young German is very inexperienced, while I would not like to trust Cazorla or Rosicky to have the discipline and effort needed in the centre.

So if our worst fears are confirmed and Wilshere joins Ramsey and Arteta on the sidelines, there is only one player to fill the gap and that, in my opinion, is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. After all, Wenger has said before that the dynamic England international will probably end up in the middle at some point in his career. But can he do the business on Wednesday.

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  1. You cant trust carzola to have d descipline to take the center? Thats a big joke because the last time i checked he is one of the best midfilder in the epl.

    1. If wilshere cant play, maybe diaby, ifnot yah the ox, I wouldnt put Santi bc of his lack of defensive work rate, but I guess if we’re playing a cam and two behind, or a unit of 3 in the middle

  2. every time ive seen the ox in that position hes played well
    also i think rosicky could play there not gunna put him down coz he had one bad game

  3. I don’t see that as an headache to Wenger. He’s always looking for an opportunity to experiment. Ospina can filled in

  4. Chambers would make the perfect def mid he has a 87% pass accuracy
    He averages 7 defensive actions per game with a 63% duels won .

    These defensive stats suggest he is a upgrade on flamini or arteta although he isn’t a better passer.

  5. We’re blessed with too many midfielders anyway. Lets assume Ramsey Arteta and Wilshere are all out and Wenger plays 4-1-4-1

    Sanchez Diaby Cazorla Podolski

    Seems good to me. Throw Rosicky or Campbell in there too off the bench plus Ox. Midfield depth really isn’t an issue at Arsenal which is lucky.

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