Leicester roll up in London this week for the most important of league games.
Sitting some five points behind the Foxes with games starting to look a bit thin on the ground, Arsenal will be gagging to grab all three points. I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic when I say a defeat would be a disaster.
Well, maybe a little.
In this crazy league season which has seen team after team throw away the chance to stretch out at the top, one of Arsenal’s main problems has been that they just don’t have enough goals in the side.
Theo Walcott, Joel Campbell, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and even Alexis, should all be scoring more than they have.
But we’ll leave Alexis out of this debate because, well, Alexis.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain grabbed his first goal since the Community Shield when he netted against the Cherries last week, but that goal against Chelsea was a blip on a lengthy blank slate.
Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell have scored more often, but nothing that will get anyone excited with just three and two respectively.
Despite scoring fewer than Theo, Joel could be said to be ahead of him in terms of what he brings to the side – there are no accusations of being lazy and disinterested levelled at the Costa Rican in the way they are Walcott when no new contract is on the horizon.
That’s something that irks many about the English man. We get to see what he can do when he’s in contract negotiations and he is devastating with a work ethic that puts others to shame. When the deal is sorted? Not so much.
If I had my way, I’d put him on a rolling one-year deal.
So Wenger has a choice to make.
The Ox got the nod last week and, finally, rewarded his boss with a goal but other areas of his game still appear to be suffering from the strain of low confidence. Joel is not consistent enough to be a regular and Theo is frustrating for many of the reasons I’ve mentioned above.
Does Wenger opt for the Ox on the basis of him scoring last week? Or go for Joel’s dynamism? On his day, Theo is the best of all three, but his days don’t come around that often. Can he be trusted any more?
If you were Wenger, who would you choose?