Arsenal face Sunderland on Saturday without our trusty defensive midfielder, Francis Coquelin, and Arsene Wenger has revealed that he could potentially start the newly fit Aaron Ramsey in his place.
On one hand, it’s fantastic that we have a player who’s versatile enough to play in that position as well as further forward. However, on the other it does leave me a little concerned considering how Rambo’s only just returning to fitness and how physical the role will be.
“It is a possibility [for Ramsey], yes,” Wenger said.
“For him it is a good opportunity if he plays there, that is where he prefers to play.”
He added, “I can use [Chambers there too] if needed, he can play there.”
When he’s in his prime, I’m positive the Welshman can do the job capably and, as the boss said, he does like playing there. But with his rehabilitation process more or less still in progress, his fitness could be hanging in the balance.
Playing in a more defensive role will mean more crunching tackles and harder challenges – not the most ideal position for an injury prone player who’s only just come back.
However, as usual, I’m going to trust the boss and assume he will only start Rambo there if he’s 100% sure. Wenger knows all too well the injury troubles the midfielder’s had and has been protective over him in the past. I doubt he’d put him at serious risk so soon.