The result last night was undoubtedly a shocking and disappointing one, but the potential loss of Mikel Arteta for the remainder of the season is certainly more worrying.
The Spaniard was forced to come off after just eight minutes of play following a clash with Franco Di Santo. The injury is said to be a ‘serious one’ according to Arsene Wenger, with many believing the 29-year-old suffered a suspected broken ankle which will keep him sidelined for at least three months.
How big a loss will he be to Arsenal? In my opinion, a massive one.
I know we only have four games left to play, but Arteta has arguably been one of our best and in-form performers this season, and our unsung hero. His phenomenal work-rate, experience, as well as his passing distribution and accuracy, will be sorely missed.
Here is an interesting fact for you guys – Arsenal have not won a game without Arteta since his summer move from Everton (apart from last night of course).
Now I’m not saying we can’t get by without him, because we can. We have enough talent in our squad to get over the finish line and end up third above Spurs. But the loss of Arteta in our midfield will be recognizable and must be addressed accordingly by Wenger.
So I ask – who should fill Arteta’s boots for the next four games?
Well I can only realistically see four candidates for the job – Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby, Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Which out of the four would I pick? Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Aaron Ramsey is out of sorts currently, while throwing in Abou Diaby or Francis Coquelin, who have both just come back from Injury, would be very risky in my view.
Chamberlain is the obvious answer, but I think Wenger will rely on Ramsey to fill the hole left by Arteta, which is worrying.
What do you guys reckon – Will Arteta be a huge loss? And who should Wenger put in his place if he is out for the rest of the season?
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