Let’s talk about a player who has had a hard time of late. Spare a thought for Koscielny, who has found a hard time breaking into our first team now with Mertesacker playing well. The French international was undoubtedly one of Arsenal’s star players last season and his performances were so good that he got called up to represent France in Euro 2012.
Picking up a calf injury during a pre-season game left him sidelined for the Gunner’s first two games. After which we all thought, Koscielny will simply retake his place beside Vermaelen once he recovers. However, Mertesacker has been impressive thus far this season. The only area of his game that needs work is his pace. Tricky, small, fast paced wings leave him for dead when they cut inside. Koscielny handles them better with his agility to turn swiftly. When Mertesacker was brought into the squad, I was really happy. What’s not to like with having a German International defender in your team? However, since Koscielny’s break out season last year I can’t help but wonder if a rotation of some kind should be implemented to suit both players.
Simply put, they both good and they both have their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps Wenger should use a rotation policy depending on our opposition. For the upcoming game against City, I think it’s too important a game to be changing things up at the back. Vermaelen and Mertesacker have formed a good partnership together and can back that fact up with having best defensive record in the Premier League so far. Keep Mertesacker for City. We don’t need to change a winning formula, at least not just yet.
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