You have to love Arsenal fans, they spend years moaning abut lack of squad depth, lack of competition, then as soon as we have more than one decent player for a position, they complain that we can’t fit them both in.
Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. 4 into 3 do not go. But rather than make it a problem, and start questioning how to keep them all happy, lets celebrate that finally we have some quality options, a bit of depth.
Manchester City fans do not sit trying to work out how to fit Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus into the same team. Or wonder Pep Guardiola will keep Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva all happy.
Arsenal play over 50 games a season. To potentially have Lacazette and Aubameyang fighting over one spot, or even Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, is a good thing.
If a player does not want to fight for their spot, they are free to leave. You want hungry players in the squad. Players who strive to improve, to give 100% in training, to ensure they get in the team and stay in the team.
A player who knocks on Arsene Wenger’s door and says “I am not happy I am not in the first team, I want to leave” can pack up their locker and go. They are clearly not good enough to start, nor has the motivation or desire to push for a first team place.
Healthy, fair competition will only improve players. Someone like Hector Bellerin has gone backwards this season due to a lack of competition.
On a side note on Hector Bellerin, I notice people getting on his back, saying we should sell him.
Bellerin has been let down by the tactics and formation we are playing. He never has cover infront of him in defence – so is often left 2 on 1. And going forward he does not have a winger alongside him so is often left isolated.
Let’s get off his back. Remember he is still just 22. He is the only Arsenal player to have played every Premier League minute this season. For a team that has had so many injury problems in the past, we are digging out a player whose fitness is reliable.
Were we to “make Hector Bellerin available for transfer”, the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid would vie for his transfer. That sums up the quality that he is, that the best clubs in the world would go for him.
So rather than criticise Bellerin, lets understand the real problem. Tactics that leave him exposed, and no competition for his place to push him further.
Anyway, I have digressed.
The reality is, when you have quality players, it enables you to play whoever is fit, whoever is in form.
So how would I now expect Arsenal to line-up?