Which currently available player who is not in Mikel Arteta’s “first eleven” would make the biggest difference to our performances?
It seems like a pertinent question, following our lame capitulation to Aston Villa on Sunday night.
And before you ask, this is not a roundabout why of trying to reignite the Ozil debate. Ozil is not in our Premier League squad so he is not available for selection. End of.
In fact this Post was inspired by a comment from kfdickie in response to yesterday’s match report.
Dickie said: “…why wasn’t AMN put on to stop Grealish? That would have stopped 50% of their play.“
I’m sure some of the Arsenal players had nightmares on Sunday night in which Jack Grealish was running at them, ball glued to his feet, all energy and intelligence and not to be stopped.
Reading Dickie’s comment I thought: “Yes! Why didn’t we do that?” And it led me further to think that Maitland-Niles was the one player I would most like to see given a run in our Premier League starting line-up.
He was outstanding in our successful FA Cup campaign this year and, in some games, played with great dedication in shutting down dangerous opponents.
If we take it that (at least as of last Sunday) Mikel Arteta’s first choice team is/was: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Elneny, Partey, Saka, Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang, who would you swap in? And for whom?
I’m talking about a player you think should be given consistent starts in the EPL.
(Since you ask, I would put AMN in on the right of midfield in place of Elneny, assuming all other options are fit).
Over to you.