Mertesacker hints at change & Could Yaya produce a shock this season yet?

Morning all..

Arsene Wenger saw him, liked him, signed him.

Yes, Yaya Sanogo has a poor injury record but he was, still is young enough to get over them just as Aaron Ramsey has, Jack Wilshere has and of course Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has done too.

Just because Yaya is tall, black and French, it doesn’t mean he’s out to outdo Abou Diaby on the injury front does it?

Apparently, the young striker is back in training and as long as he suffers no setbacks, he’ll no doubt soon have a run out for the reserves to get some match time and then we may just see him on the bench, or even starting for the first team because he’s a first team squad member and when fit, he’ll be expected to play.

Should that day miraculously arrive, he could play a big part in the remainder of the season. We all know Olivier Giroud can’t play in every fixture between now and the end of the season and Nikki B is hardly doing enough to justify a place on the bench, let alone in the starting eleven so bearing in mind our lack or alternative options, I’m hoping this 6′ 3″ pacey striker gets a chance to show us all why Arsene Wenger took a risk on him.

I know this option is not ideal, nor is it right for a club like ours but we are where we are right now and we can’t sign the striker of our choice so I know I just hope and pray that who we have stay fit, get fit and perform well for the rest of the season.

At the other end of the pitch we are doing really well and like Per Mertesacker, I couldn’t believe this one simple statistic:

Arsenal have not lost a Premier League game that Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have both completed since January 22, 2012.

Staggering really and I doubt their partnership can be bettered by any other central pairing in the Premier League and that’s clearly the reason Arsene Wenger is reluctant to break the pairing up in the league unless he has to of course like he did when we went to Old Trafford..

It [the statistic] sounds not real for me. When I first heard it, it sounded very weird. It’s a good statistic but we have to build on that.

I think we have shown a lot of people who criticised us a lot over the last two-and-a-half years that we know each other much better now and that we complement each other well, so it looks like that’s a good partnership [with Koscielny].

Mertesacker believes that changes at the back are due though and should that happen, it will be a lot easier for Thomas Vermaelen to walk into a defensive unit which has belief and confidence than it will to step into one which has been leaking goals like we have done in the seasons gone by.

But I wouldn’t say that’s only us or the two of us. I think when I speak about our centre backs I want to include always Thomas Vermaelen because he’s our captain and he’s always vital for everyone. He’s aware of situations, he gives us a boost, he came back from a heavy injury.

The boss will rotate in the next couple of months and it’s really important that we are all in good fitness and all in a good shape so we can continue our good form and good partnerships with the three of us.

It must be hard, very hard for Thomas Vermaelen. When he first arrived he was possibly one of the first names you’d want to see on the team-sheet yet now he’s not getting a look in.

But a true professional will bide his time and when he gets his chance, he’ll take it but I can’t see that being too soon, not when our current two central men are playing so well.

Long may that continue…..

That’s your lot for another day…

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