I woke up to the rumours that Nacho Monreal is considering an exit from Arsenal football club come January. It is also clear that Vermaelen is not elated about the prospect of sticking to the bench with a World Cup coming up next year.
I understand Arsene’s idea of persisting with a winning team but it comes at the expense of the possibility of a loss of very good players who otherwise either due to their previous injury have to be left on the bench eagerly waiting for the next transfer window do leave the club. Vermaelen must be wondering what criteria is employed in order to get re-instated back into the first team or to at least get a nod in the relatively less demanding fixtures especially considering that he is our captain.
Walcott just returned from his injury and he has already tasted some first team action. Everyone appreciated the significance of Walcott only after he got injured and we started to lack pace and directness upfront. An injury to Per or Koscielny which I wouldn’t want to see happening would once again illustrate just how important Vermaelen is.
The lacuna is that in any big club which can afford to have good players on the bench, it is imperative that there is rotation in order to ensure that all players are involved hence even avoid dressing room wrangles where some players feel more valued than others. In any case that we win the title, everybody wants to feel that there was some collective effort and that they contributed towards the success of our club. It feels wrong and criminal to celebrate something where you were only a peripheral figure hence Arsene should learn to make use of what he has at his disposal. Or is Nacho Monreal that bad? His late cameo against the Saints, as we have become accustomed to was decent. He can even play on the left wing since his touch and link up play is top notch.
I really would feel bad to see another mass exodus of players from the club. It is therefore upon the gaffer to keep all the lads happy. Otherwise one injury in any department and we will look really thin especially if we sell any of our key players who always feature on the bench in their pursuit of first team football with a world cup imminent.
Hope we beat Marseille guys and qualify to the next round so that we can now focus primarily on our league fixtures.
Good week guys.