Written by Mean Lean on Saturday, 27 October 2012 09:07
Not much in the way of time to write anything with any real depth so just a few thoughts on the game before I wizz off.
Arsene is in somewhat of a selection dilemma. He has a squad of injured and tired players along with players who are not quite ready for 90 minutes, yet fit enough to start.
Jack Wilshere was supposed to take his place on the bench once again today and come on late in the second half but a double dose of jaded bad performances may have left the manager with not much choice. Our team needs fresh legs, needs a spark to get it started once again and the members of the midfield who can do that apart from Wilshere are all injured.
Ideally, Arsene would turn to Tomas Rosicky or Abou Diaby today but he cannot. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is probably in a more precarious position than Wilshere after just coming back from injury but with no games. Judging by the managers comments, I think Jack Wilshere will be selected to start the game.
It would also make sense to start Francis Coquelin who was the best Arsenal player on Wednesday. He hasn't played International football and has been a substitute in the weeks prior to the Schalke game so he should be fresh and we needed freshness.
I am intrigued to know how Arsene reshapes his side. Wilshere has played as the number 10 in his number 10 shirt for the reserves in his last two outings. It is difficult to know if that is because it is less physical in that position thus reducing the amount of 50/50 challenges or if this is the position Arsene wants to play Wilshere in.
We have lacked a creative spark in the attacking third so a drifting Santi Cazorla from the right or indeed left could allow that to happen but if Arsene didn't want to move Cazorla then either Arteta gets a rest or Wilshere gets moved wide to the right. The latter is unlikely I would imagine even if that is a position he was very used to as a youngster developing his game.
I would personally rest Thomas Vermaelen who has played every game for us this season on top of the games for Belgium, it is clear that he is not in the best of form right now and I don't think being the captain should protect anyone from resting. That said, I am not expecting him to sit out but with Laurent Koscielny we have a player more than good enough to play when needed even if he has been struggling himself for match sharpness.
Mean Lean's Predicted Line Up:
It is one of those games again where all eyes will be on us. QPR are languishing at the foot of the table, they have struggled but have players that are just waiting to click into gear. Pressure will be on us to take the game to them and break them down.
We need an early goal, an early goal that we haven't found in quite a while now. Fingers crossed that Jack and co can spark us back into form and a good victory is needed.
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