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12 Oct 2017 15:11:45
Defensive concerns, with the injury to Mustafi, Kolasinac being taken off during the international and Koscielny's chronic achilles injury. Ideally we need 2 players for each defensive position, so 10 in all. We have 9 listed on the official Arsenal site, of which Debuchy can be eliminated as Wenger won't play him. So only 8 defenders, At RB we only have Bellerin, the cover is Maitland-Niles (a 9th defender) who still doesn't look at all comfortable in the role.

At LB we have decent options in Kolasinac and Monreal, the problem is Monreal is currently playing at CB. At CB we have 5 plus Monreal who can play at CB and LB. This makes the sale of Gabriel without a replacement baffling, as he provided cover at CB and RB. With Mustafi out for at least a month, plus the need to manage Koscielny's injury, we are hard pushed and any injuries before the window opens would make things extremely difficult.

To put this into perspective before the window opens we have 14 league matches, 3 EL matches, 1 LC match, plus internationals and a possible futher LC match, a total of approx 21 matches. Assuming Mustafi is out that means 7 defenders, plus Maitland-Niles. Defensively we will be under a huge physical toll, with 5 required for each macth, there will be little scope for rest.

If he hasn't signed for anyone would Sagna be a good short term option, as he provides cover at RB and CB. Surely its worth bringing Debuchy in, as he can also cover at RB and CB. Either player could play in the LC and EL giving defenders well earned recovery periods.

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12 Oct 2017 18:55:43
Check your past 5-6 post RG. Apart from the one about ozil having no takers the rest have been pretty much the same. No defensive cover, mustafi injured, sold Cb's, sort at the back, were short at the back, mustafi is injured and were short at the back. Sold some CB's in the summer and were short at the back. Mustafi injured!

Just in case I'm missing something here are you concerned about us been short at the back 😏.

13 Oct 2017 20:10:26
You noticed that too Sanogo and did you do a typo and actually meant 50 or 60. 🤔.







 

 

 
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