Wilshire Wings It?
Just as we thought it could not get any worse, we hear that Theo Walcott will be out for up to 12 weeks following a training ground injury whilst with England. This leaves a very thin squad even weaker.
With Eboue and Rosicky also out injured, Wenger has the options of playing Diaby, Ramsey, Toure or Wilshere on the wing.
The natural successor should be Jack Wilshire, the 16 year old that all Arsenal fans have been waiting to be unleashed on the premiership. Wilshire is not as fast as Walcott but he has trickery, creativity and an eye for goal. He might be able to play every game but he should be given the opportunity to show what he can do.
Some might question my sanity in choosing Toure at right-wing, but this is not beyond Arsene’ thinking. In his first season at Arsenal, Kolo Toure played in virtually every position at the club and was very good coming forward, playing Toure there, will enable Song to fill the right-back spot.
For Saturday’s encounter expect to see Ramsey fill this role. Aaron will buoyed up by his international debut, but he is no right winger.
The medium term successor to Walcott will be Diaby. Once again, the able central midfielder will be played out of position, he will do a great job, but it will not do Abou justice.
Saturday will be a classic case of square pegs for round holes. Toure, a centre back to fill in at right-back, whilst Aaron Ramsey a central midfielder will play out on the wing. The natural player to fill this role is Wilshere, and perhaps a chance to see either Gibbs or Merida give nan opportunity.