Like every other fan of The Arsenal out there I’m delighted we have had a storming start to the season. Villa’s record since the game against us proved that game was down to a few very lucky calls by the referee. But there is a problem, we are fast running out of players in key positions. We lost 2 more players on Friday. Mertesaker and Cazorla.
The Big German was a big miss especially in the 2nd half when we were under the cosh for long periods. His height, organisation and calmness would have settled any nerves we had. Lucky for us it seems he only had a bug and should be back on Wednesday for our first Champions League game away to Marseille.
With injuries also to Cazorla, Rosicky, The Ox and Podolski that leaves a big gap down the left hand side and that really showed against Sunderland. We looked solid enough in defence but going forwards we had no presence on that side of the pitch. Wilshere cannot fill that role and with Ozil taking on the mantle of playmaker moving him out wide left will not do us any favours either.
That leads us to Giroud, I have already written about how screwed we would be right now if he got injured and he has managed to scare us all by limping towards the end of the game on Saturday. Walcott as much as I love the fella he is not a natural finisher, he’s never going to be a Wrighty or Henry, we will be lucky if he’s ever a Freddie.
During the summer everyone and their dog was begging Wenger to go out and buy a CentreBack, a left sided midfielder and a striker, sadly these empty positions are what could cost us until we have a fully fit squad…