Monday, 11 October 2010

Interwoe for Sagna - Nasri wants to move - Gibbs is not the new Cashley

Morning Gooners.

Seven days into the International break and we have our first injury. Right back Bacary Sagna has picked up a problem to his left thigh which will keep him out of action for three weeks according to the Daily Mail.

He told French television programme Stade 2:
"It's okay. I'm currently in rehabilitation. It will take three weeks. I'll take my time to get back."
If he is out for a minimum of three weeks he'll miss the games with: Birmingham (H), Shakhtar Donetsk (H), Manchester City (A), Newcastle United (A), West Ham United (H) and Shakhtar Donetsk (A).

Luckily for us there was only one game within this international round of games which Emmanuel Eboue was due to play and far as I can tell he has not been injured. So lets keep our fingers crossed on that one.

He's the obvious choice to replace Sagna in the right hand defensive berth. And we'll need him to be at his very best, especially for the two away games at Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City.

A quick search using everyone's favourite search engine does not produce any results on whether Wojciech Szczesny played in Poland's under-20 team against their German counterparts last night.

Also around today is the news that Samir Nasri wants a move. Not to another club mind, just a shift in position at the Arsenal.

He wants to play in a more central role for the team. I suppose the position Cesc Fabregas might take up for the team and where he has been most effective this term when he's been tasked with running our game.

He told The Sun
"That's where I play best, that's how I was formed. In every age group at youth level, I often played through the middle.
"I've been playing out wide for two years with Arsenal but feel more at ease in the centre of the pitch."
The problem Arsene Wenger has got is that with so many players wanting to fill the same central role, there would be no one who would play out wide. It is of course a problem of his own making, buying players more used to a role at the number 10 like Nasri and Arshavin and playing them wide.

But then if you want the best players playing in your team do you not buy them or do you buy them and mould them into the system you want to use?

I think Wenger has to buy and develop the best players and then fit them into his team as he sees fit.

Should Nasri play more centrally? Definitely, but not at the expense of Cesc.

There is also talk of Kieran Gibbs being the new Ashley Cole. Arsenal legend Kenny Samsom has likened the two and has said Gibbs will become England's first choice left back when he can remove Cole from the position.

He said:
"Kieran has all the raw materials, and all the attributes, to become a top-class England full-back - but I can't see him taking over from Ashley Cole for another two or three years. 
"There is no point in moving Cole aside while he is at the top of his game, and Kieran still has to go through the same learning process that Ashley went through at a similar age with Arsenal."
I know there is a clamor from the stands at the Grove to push Gael Clichy out of the team and put Gibbs in his place.

But at the moment I can see no reason for this and it would be a fool hardy mistake.

Gibbs is a young player with 28 appearances to his Arsenal record compared to the Frenchman who as our longest serving player has 197 starts.

To drop Clichy would be wrong. It does not solve the problem on our left hand side defensively. When Gibbs plays there, you'll notice the same issues arising. Players in front of him failing to track back and do the defensive work.

I find it amazing to watch the same players who will track back when played on the right, won't do the same when they are stationed on the left hand flank.

It is certainly something the manager has to address.

Gibbs is an excellent prospect for sure. And he'll make his break through at Arsenal. But now is not quite his time. Let him learn from Clichy, challenge the Frenchman for his position then when the time is right Wenger will put him in. 

But I'd rather have two quality left backs than one. And to drop Clichy would pretty much signal the end of his Arsenal career and that would also drop his value in the transfer market. He's now getting his chance in the French national team. Hopefully that will give him further experience to learn the game at the highest level.

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  1. Good Post. Issue for me is in front of Clichy in midfield defence- the other flank does have Song and when not too advanced makes it far harder to get behind the full back.
    Attacking fullbacks cant attack and defend at the same time- midfielders have to defend when they go forward- who does that for Clichy? The rate of progress of Gibbs is significant- as significant as Wilshere. Yes he still has plenty to learn but Sansom is conveniently forgetting the world cup performance only 3 months ago- where Cole looked anything but a world class fullback and was tactically found wanting in almost every game he played in. Barring injuries- in 12 months time Gibbs will be stronger and faster than Cole and will be impossible to leave out of the Arsenal team.

  2. nasri's best is central. perhaps wenger should try actually signing WINGERS then there wouldnt be a problem

  3. Why not play Clichy LB and Gibbs LM in games needing more of a defensive look. Like ManU use JiSungPark/ParkJiSung. This would give more security to the left side and give Gibbs more game time, and his passing ability is more than decent enough to create chances.

  4. I agree with CM comment, I have been saying same thing for a while now, this is what we should have done at stamford bridge. Also doubled up on the right.