It was important for us to get our first away win on the board, and now we're travelling to Kiev midweek in a crucial Champions League game. For those of you haven't read the match report from yesterday, you can read it here.
Arsene has spoken about the game, I won’t go into detail on everything he said, but I’ll pick out one quote.
“I assessed every individual and was thinking to leave Theo out, but for the balance I kept him in. I wanted to rest Niklas Bendtner and I thought having Theo away from home could give us the penetration. I think he can play left and right and he is happy on the left because he knows he can score with his right foot; he tried a couple of times today. Theo has been educated that way, where he can play on either side., but he also prefers to play in the middle. The problem with scoring three times for the national team is that everyone expects you to score again. Football isn’t like that. What is most important is that he has a good team attitude, tries to work hard and the rest will come with time.”
What is clear about this is that Arsene has options. He classifys Bendtner as a real option and of course knows that he can play Walcott on the left, right or up front. So that got me thinking, and I grabbed a peice of paper and listed every player who “can” play in any position. I’m not saying they should but they can and this is what I ended up with:
Almunia, Fabianksi, Mannone
Clichy, Gallas, Silvestre, Djourou, Toure, Gibbs
Gallas, Silvestre, Toure, Djourou, Sagna, Song
Sagna, Eboue, Gallas, Toure, Djourou
Nasri, Walcott, Eboue, Rosicky, Vela, Van Persie, Eduardo, Diaby, Wilshere, Gibbs
Cesc, Denilson, Diaby, Song, Rosicky, Ramsey, Bischoff, Nasri, Toure, Eboue, Djourou
Walcott, Eboue, Nasri, Wilshere, Rosicky, Vela, Denilson, Eduardo, Van Persie, Cesc, Bischoff
Van Persie, Adebayor, Vela, Bendtner, Walcott, Simpson, Eduardo, Nasri
Okay, I think that’s it, do let me know if I have left someone out, I really think I have left someone or two players out but I can’t remember…
And after doing this exercise, it was obvious that we do have the strength in depth to compete this season. We don’t have established players in every position but we do have potential in every area…
Anyway, I’ll leave that at that, speak soon…]]>