It was looking like Arsene Wenger would probably stick with the same back four set up to face Manchester United later today, as neither Laurent Koscielny nor Mathieu Debuchy is fit to play. And that means that our Spanish left back Nacho Monreal would partner Per Mertesacker in the centre of defence, with young Calum Chambers at right back.
But I think the boss would agree that Chambers is the better option alongside our BFG, as long as we did not need him on the right. With Chambers’ fellow Southampton academy graduate and England international Luke Shaw supporting Januzaj or Di Maria on the left flank, however, Wenger probably thought Chambers would be better on the right than young Hector Bellerin.
But if the Daily Express report is right and Shaw is likely to be sidelined with a groin problem, then maybe Wenger can afford to think again and bring Chambers in to strengthen the spine of the Gunners.
United’s next option is probably young Tyler Blackett to fill in but he is not really an attacking left back, so Bellerin’s task would be easier. In fact the young Spaniard’s own attacking instincts and pace could be really handy in getting United going the other way and forcing their attackers to offer the defence some help.
It all depends on Shaw’s fitness of course, but do you think Wenger should make this change to the Arsenal defence?