Quick one today, as it’s my day off and I fully intend to indulge in a few choice pursuits – mostly hedonistic, but nothing sordid and ungentlemanly. I am, after all, a respectable English gentleman. Kinda…
The news today centres entirely around Mathieu Debuchy’s injury and the defensive pickle we’re left in. The early rumblings, albeit unconfirmed, universally agree the injury Debuchy sustained on Saturday is a serious one, the only variation is the duration he’s set to face only the sidelines – the average guess seems to be between 2-3 months, which is a huge blow if true.
Unless he makes a miraculously recovery or the severity of his injury defies all expectation we are looking at the alarming possibility of playing all 3 of our senior centre backs (Koscielny, Mertesacker, Chambers) at the same time with little or no cover should any join Debuchy is the medical centre.
That, folks, is incredibly worrying.
We do have optons, but none are particularly convincing, and most cover the full back positions – Bellerin, Flamini and Coquelin can all play on the right side. Only Issac Hayden appears to have the credentials at present to slot into one of the central roles but that would be a huge risk.
In midfield and up front we have ample cover. Many will slaughter Arsene for not reinforcing an area that is glaringly deficient and whilst I don’t condone the manner in which most go about critiquing, I can’t deny they have a solid point. Even the most ardent of Arsene’s supporters would struggle to justify the lack of defensive cover.
Early in the month here was some talk of an emergency loan of a free transfer coming in but either option strikes me as panicking and certainly won’t provide a player with the required ability we need. In my opinion, for what that’s worth, the best hope we have is that Hector Bellerin and Issac Hayden are up to the challenge of first team football. Both have enormous potential, of that there is no doubt, wether they are ready for the pressure that comes with it is another matter entirely.
Whatever the outcome, this is a position we shouldn’t be in. But we are, and all the vitriol in the world won’t change that. Personally, I’m going to wince every time one of our regulars so much as hobbles. Another bad injury at this stage could lead us in a terribly weak position.
That’s all for today, folks. I’ll be back tomorrow to preview the trip to Dortmund for our Champions League opener. The comments section is waiting for your thoughts below, do feel free to pour you little hearts out.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.