Just a few weeks ago, Arsene Wenger told us that if Thomas Vermaelen leaves, he’ll sign a replacement. Thomas Vermaelen has now gone, he’s joined Barcelona and I strongly suspect that Wenger has known all along that was going to happen. Why else would he have not played any part of or pre-season? It’s clear he’s not been injured as otherwise his medical could have been tricky.
Yes Calum Chambers has been signed, but Wenger has maintained that once Vermaelen’s exit was confirmed he would sign a replacement and that’s now done so a new signing must be imminent, it must be. Calum Chambers is good, very good but not even Arsene Wenger would go into a new season with a 19 year old as his 3rd choice CB. Would he?
I don’t think so as I’m not even convinced that the player or coaching staff/manager have truly found his best position, not yet but he’s going to be good, on that I think we all agree. No doubt today, he’ll start alongside Laurent Koscielny in the heart of our defence because there aren’t many other options. Other than Miguel of course.
As for the rest of the team selection, I’ll leave that to the manager, that’s what he gets paid for, that’s what he does and as much as fans think they know better, they don’t. If they did, they wouldn’t be typing away on a keyboard professing to be experts, they’d be doing what Arsene Wenger does, only at a different club.
Yes we all have our favourites and think they should start before others but as Adam said a few days ago, Wenger knows his players better than anyone and he’ll do what he believes is right.
Manchester City have a plethora of players missing today’s fixture. Negredo is injured, Lampard isn’t yet fit enough and neither is Sagna. Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho and skipper Vincent Kompany all sit this game out too having been involved in the latter stages of the World…
It should be a good game and one I think we’ll win……
Have a fab day all….