Arsene Wenger facing Arsenal selection headache, says Ray Parlour
Ray Parlour says Arsene Wenger is facing a selection headache
Ray Parlour says Arsene Wenger is facing a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s north London derby.
Arsenal’s emphatic wins against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Stoke City in the league were largely down to the number of quality players available.
Gunners playmakers Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez have been in excellent form recently, and Parlour reckons it is vital they are in the first-team every week.
“At the moment, Cazorla is playing so well that he has to play,” Parlour told Sportlobster.
“Sanchez has to play. If everyone were fit, I would have Özil on the left, Cazorla in the middle and Sanchez on the right. Olivier Giroud is my striker.
“Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be on the bench. It is a good problem to have, though.
“Having said this, I like Theo’s pace and he’s something different to the others.”
Arsenal have often struggled during this stage of the season in the past due to the number of injury concerns but it appears the manager is spoilt for choice at the moment.
The recent returns of Theo Walcott and Mesut Özil saw them both score against Aston Villa on Sunday and Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup last month.
The Arsenal duo were injured during this stage of last season as well, and it will be vital for the Gunners that they stay fit as they continue to fight for a top-four spot, as well as the Champions League and FA Cup.
And while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the match against Villa due to a groin problem, he is expected to be fit for this weekend’s north London derby at White Hart Lane.
For once, it seems Wenger has enough quality players available and this will prove crucial for the rest of the season.