Posted on Saturday, 16th March 2013 by The Goon
Thomas Vermaelen and Wojciech Szczesny have both been linked with moves away from Arsenal. I think this has been fabricated by the media because the two didn’t feature against Bayern Munich in midweek – Vermaelen because he was placed on the bench and Szcz because he was fatigued mentally.
Needless to say they both haven’t been at their best in recent weeks and their omissions from the side against Bayern were justifiable.
However, Arsene Wenger recently told the press that neither are on their way out of The Emirates at the end of the season. Instead the Frenchman decided to praise both of them, thus ending speculation:
‘Szczesny? I rate him highly and have a big respect for what he’s done.
‘And Vermaelen? He is a very important part of our squad. He has a fantastic attitude and motivation.’
To be honest, I’m glad Wenger had some balls about him and decided to drop Szczesny and Vermaelen, with the former simply thinking he was un-droppable and the latter producing less than impressive displays.
Don’t get me wrong, both are great players on their day, but no one in the squad should be guaranteed a place in the side every week. If you’re not playing well then you should be rested or dropped and let those who are on the sidelines have their shot.
After that great win in Munich, I hope Wenger does the admirable thing and let those who impressed – Lukasz Fabianski, Laurent Koscielny and Carl Jenkinson in particular – have another chance to shine.
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