Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Wenger should bench Ozil and Cazorla for Hull because pair's indifferent performances

Morning Gooners.

Hull City are our next opponents tomorrow night and the test of facing Steve Bruce's side poses some interesting questions for us. Will Arsene Wenger choose this game to rest some of his stars given we face Everton, Napoli and Manchester City next week?

It would look to be an ideal time to give some of our most used players some much needed time off the pitch. But it is also a game we cannot afford to drop points in. Hull's win over Liverpool at the weekend shows there are no easy games in the Premier League and all our team's hard work at the Cardiff City stadium would have been wasted if we don't take maximum points from this fixture.

With that in mind, plus the fact we have a nine day mini winter break between the Manchester City and Chelsea fixture, I would hoope that the manager will refrain from mixing up the team too much.

Sticking with Wojciech Szczesny in goal is clearly going to happen. Lukasz Fabianski has been restricted to League Cup games this season and I don't believe there is any reason for him to be put in goal tomorrow night given Szczesny's current form. The younger of the two Poles doesn't appear to be fatigued at all.

In front of him our back four have looked solid as a unit. One goal conceded in November is testament to that. Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal will be knocking on Wenger's door to request more playing time and they have both been patient in their exile.

But given that the manager will only make changes at the heart of his defence because of illness, injury or suspension, I cannot see the Belgium international called into action for this game unless something happens to either Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny.

Carl Jenkinson hasn't yet proved this season he's ready to take on the mantle at right back, so Bacary Sagna will no doubt continue. Which leaves the manager with an option of playing Kieran Gibbs or Monreal. I think this could be a game where we see the Spaniard offered his second game within a week after a good performance against Marseille.

The midfield is where we could see most changes. I would imagine that Mikel Arteta will continue in the deep role alongside Aaron Ramsey, who has too be the first name on the team sheet given his current form. That leaves the attacking three and I think after a below par showing at Cardiff, Santi Cazorla could get the axe for this game, with  Theo Walcott recalled to the starting line up.

If I were Wenger I would be ensuring that Walcott is ready for the upcoming games against Manchester City and Chelsea. So the 24-year-old has to be starting games in preparation for those matches sooner rather than later.

I would also give Mesut Ozil the night off or maybe have him on the bench. Tomas Rosicky has been in great form this season and could play in the role behind the striker, with Jack Wilshere moved from the right to play on the left.

And while Olivier Giroud has been virtually ever present this season, I don't think he'll be given a rest..We cannot afford to change up our team too much.

Whatever the team, we need to ensure we take three points to ensure we keep our four point gap.

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