You don’t win games by passing the ball sideways, but that seemed to be the sole contribution of Alex Song and Denilson in Saturday’s below par match against Sunderland.
The problem that Arsene Wenger faces ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Roma is that he may have to rely on the same duo again, as the players unavailable in midfield include Tomas Rosicky, Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Andrey Arshavin and, potentially, Abou Diaby.
That leaves us with Samir Nasri, Carlos Vela, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Emmanuel Eboue, Amaury Bischoff, Fran Merida and the aforementioned Song and Denilson to choose from.
In other words, in the centre of the park, unless Le Gaffer gambles on throwing in Bischoff or one of our talented teens, he’s likely to stick with Song and Denilson...
I can’t think of once this season where either player has provided a defence splitting pass for the Arsenal strikers to run on to, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.
With that in mind, I’m hoping that Wenger is in the mood to take a risk, although my preferences wouldn’t exactly be high on the list of greatest gambles ever.
Why not play Kolo Toure or Johan Djourou in the defensive midfield slot? Both have played there before and both can tackle and pass the ball forward. Or how about the man we all love to hate – Eboue – in that role?
I struggle to see where our midfield creativity is going to come from tomorrow, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Robin van Persie was asked to play a bit deeper, leaving Nicklas Bendtner up front on his own.
Scoring goals has become an issue for the Gunners lately, but if we’re going to test Roma tomorrow night, then I think midfield is the area we need to get right.
Personally I’d like to see Carlos Vela, Denilson, Toure and Nasri commanding the centre of the park, but who do you lot think Le Boss should choose?