Posted on Sunday, 17th March 2013 by Tony Merakli
I’m glad to see Arsene Wenger dropping those who haven’t performed well enough in recent weeks and giving those on the bench a shot to prove their worth.
Wojciech Szczesny and Thomas Vermaelen have simply not been good enough as of late, with both making fundamental errors in some crucial games this season. As a result, they have not featured since the loss to Spurs two weeks ago, and Lukasz Fabianksi and Laurent Koscielny have taken their chance with both hands.
Since Szczesny and Vermaelen have been out of the side, we have managed to score four goals and concede none against the mighty Bayern Munich and stylish Swansea. This is not to say we are better off without them, but if you are not pulling your weight or performing to the standard required, even if you are the club captain, then Wenger should consider some changes. Thankfully, the Frenchman saw what we saw and did something about it.
What took me aback a bit was Wenger’s recent, yet accurate statement.
He told The Sun:
‘In England, it is true the captain is of massive importance.
‘But that shouldn’t guarantee you a place in any game.
‘When you don’t think it is the right selection for tactical reasons, do you put the player in just because he is captain?
‘That is disrespectful to the guy who doesn’t play. For sporting reasons it is not completely justifiable.’
I couldn’t agree more Arsene. Captaincy should not make you a guarantee starter. At the end of the day, a captain is just the same as any other player in the squad but wears a band around his arm, that’s it.
Wenger went on to say that it is now down to Vermaelen and Szczesny to win back their places:
‘Every position is up for grabs. You have to face it like that, the last game decides the next one.
‘All the players are in the same position. Nobody is guaranteed places in the team. Everybody faces the same competition.’
Hopefully this sinks in with every single player and keeps their performance levels up from now until the end of the season.
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