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Who Should Play Left-Back Against Everton?

by on December 7, 2011

Arsène Wenger has got a dilemma on his hands about who to play at left-back on Saturday against Everton at the Emirates. Brazilian full-back André Santos went off injured last night against Greek side Olympiakos in the Champions League and expected to be out for three weeks. With Kieran Gibbs currently sidelined as well, Arsenal don’t have any left-backs in the first-team. Wenger has got two options either put Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen at left-back or Reserve team captain Ignasi Miquel.

If Vermaelen is moved from center-back to left-back then it would likely mean Per Mertersacker will partner Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the defence with Johan Djoruou at right-back. With both right-backs Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson currently sidelined as well, which has forced Koscielny and Djourou to play there recently.

Reserve team captain Ignasi Miquel has featured for Arsenal at left-back this season against Bolton, Man City and coming on against Olympiakos at full-back. Miquel’s preferred position is at center-back which this season he has looked very comfortable at left-back for the first-team. The Spanish U-19 defender was up against England international Adam Johnson in the Carling Cup recently and kept Johnson reasonably quiet.

Who ever plays left-back for Arsenal on the weekend is likely to be up against Everton’s Séamus Coleman. I would like to see Miquel given the opportunity there on Saturday because Vermaelen is Arsenal’s best and most reliable center-back and is needed there.

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  1. Zane permalink

    Djourou was arguably ourbest centerback last season why not shift him centrally and let Kos play our on the right?

    • Aussie gooner permalink

      Djourou is an accident waiting to happen at centre back, give miquel a chance at left back after doing well in cup comps. That’s what those cup games are for.

      Vermaelen needs to be in the centre with either kos or per

  2. Archimedes permalink

    Agreed. Miquel over Djourou.

  3. johnson permalink

    miguel is a comfortable and mighthy on that posssition so let him, there.i don,t want miss t5v on that central roll no nonses man kos should be on left side

  4. johnson permalink

    zsc d kosce t5v merts miguel m music m ramsy art s wolc vanp gervinho

  5. midou permalink

    rosicky a la giggs.

  6. Mohamed Zubairu permalink

    Miguiel should be given the chance. koscienly should continue in the right back position. Djourou is too inconsistent to be considered. When Kyle Bartley returns from loan and with Miguel doing well, I think it will bewise to release Djourou and Squillaci.

  7. Both Dzourou and squallici are bullshet. Instead put miquel and nico ahead of them.

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