It’s been a crazy month, with an unexpected loss against AS Monaco, to an unexpected win against Manchester United. But the United win under the belt will give us some amazing confidence for the rest of the season, as we are by far the favourites in this years FA Cup. The League has been a different saga in general. With 8 wins from our last 10 league matches, Arsenal are the second most inform team in 2015, after Liverpool. But after that Monday night at Old Trafford, who will be the key man to kick off from this win and finish the season in style?
In my opinion, that man would be Alex Oxlaide Chamberlain, but unfortunately, he came off early against United with a hamstring problem, and will complete an assessment on Friday Morning (Today). But due to his recent injuries, he may be ruled out of this one, even if it is just a small niggle.
Instead, on comes Mr Per Mertesacker. Although not an attacking player that you may have guessed, I feel Mertesacker will have a fantastic game, pushing on from the United win. This time last year, Per was arguably in the best defence in the league, and was one of the players of the season alongside Laurent Koscielny. But this season has been difficult for the 100 game german veteran. Now being replaced by January signing Gabriel, Per really had to step up his game, and Monday night was the night where he showed himself. He kept Rooney silent for the majority of the game, and was one of the better players on the pitch.
Now Per would be better suited to this team regardless of how he performed against United. On Saturday, we play a strong, longball styled team in West Ham United. Enner Valencia is supposedly out due to a foot injury (Apparently Spilling Hot tea and cut his foot), so maybe we can make a mug of him as we brew up some 3 points.
…I’ll stop now…
But I digress. Per would be a good player to attack high balls vs Koyate and Reid, and with the defence capabilities of Monreal and Bellerin to his sides, I’m sure he can have a quality game, and be our stand man.