After that emphatic win away at Chelsea,we are oozing confidence at the moment. As Theo rightfuly said, I believe we can beat any team if we continue this recent run of form. With games against West Brom and Fulham coming up, I dont see it ending anytime soon.
The game against Chelsea also saw the return of our star defender – Thomas Vermaelen. Though he hardly played for five minutes, it was a huge relief to see him back on the pitch. So, now that the ‘Verminator’ is back, who should make way in the centre of defence.
Let’s discuss,shall we?
We have Koscielny, Vermaelen, Mertesacker and Djourou (you can forget about Squillaci).
When I heard that Arsenal had signed Per Mertesacker in the summer, I was ecstatic. I thought our defensive problems had finally come to an end. But to be perfectly honest, he hasn’t really steadied the ship in a way that was expected of him. Make no mistake about it-he has been a very average signing for me. Sure, he has made some vital interceptions and is very handy with set pieces but his lack of pace is a serious problem.
Johann Djourou was by far our best centre half last season but he has not carried that form to this one (remember the Shrewsbury game?).
Then, there is Laurent Koscielny. The ‘Kosher’, performance wise, is miles above the rest. He was simply fantastic in the Chelsea game. And in the words of Paul Masefield, he has finally arrived. Alright, he hasn’t been the most consistent of defenders, but has really proved himself this term. Without him in the team, we would’ve probably conceded more than we already have. He has been an absolute rock in central defence. If you’d ask me, he has done more than enough to assure him of a place in the starting eleven. Wenger would be a complete idiot to prefer Mertesacker ahead of him.
We’ll just have to wait and see what Le Prof has in mind.