No, the title isn’t a suggestion as to what Maureenho should do on one’s finger after this week’s whinge-a-thon. As an aside and to put his behaviour into context here is his reaction to a shin-pad snapping tackle from Obi Mikel on Arteta.
Anyway, I digress.
Recently there have been requests for Wenger to rotate to keep players fresh, while others believe we should just play our best XI in every game regardless. This made me ask some questions, especially ‘how is it that some teams manage to pick the same players each week?’
Chelsea seem to play the same starting XI in the most games, so they seem best to compare against. (Prem appearances only, second column is substitute appearances )
Immediately the disparity between the two squads appearance-wise becomes apparent.
Our 5th most appearing player is Szczesny on 19 which is the same as Willian who is the chavs 11th top player.
Ramires is the 12th player for the chavs with 6 appearances. We have 21 players who have made 6 or more starts!
Once I started looking at these two side by side, I’m starting to think it raises more questions, rather than making the picture clearer.
How can Hazard be the most fouled player in the Premiership but never get injured? Perhaps he learnt how to fall properly when studying judo as a child?
Will the chavs suffer in the latter part of the season because Fabregas runs out of gas in February?
If the elephant man gets an injury, how will Remy or Dogbra cope in his absence?
Sometimes I forget that Matt Debuchy is an Arsenal player.
Finally, the most important question…….
Will Arsenal’s season come to a fitting climax once everyone’s back?
What do you think?