Walcott and Campbell
I’m a big Wenger supporter, but I’m seriously starting to question his decision making. If you look at any of my posts about Arsenal last season, you’ll see that Joel Campbell was consistently playing well. For some reason, Wenger persists with Walcott even when Campbell is clearly the better player with more potential. None of that matters anymore, since Campbell has been loaned to Sporting Lisbon.
Campbell’s loan move to Sporting Lisbon seems to be a move to promote Iwobi, giving him a chance to be backup to Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right wing. Walcott has spoken out about making the right wing his again, but it just goes to show how he’s failed at becoming great at either striker or winger. I’d rather give chances to Oxlade-Chamberlain who has a better work rate and the ability to really dribble and drive at players, something that Walcott never had, even before injuries robbed him of his pace.
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Iwobi
After Arsenal lost the opening game to Liverpool and tied Leicester City, one thing is damningly obvious: Arsenal needs to sign Shkodan Mustafi, and they needed to sign him weeks ago. Koscielny was rushed back for the Leicester City game and he was integral to keeping Leicester City at bay. What’s interesting is that Rob Holding, who has been incredible, was chosen to partner Koscielny in defence instead of Calum Chambers, who has been at the club longer, but it shows that Wenger has little faith in Chambers. To be honest, Chambers had a horrific game against Liverpool while the younger Holding shined. Rob Holding and Calum Chambers could still be the centre back pairing of the future, but to entrust such responsibility to them is a failing of Wenger’s.
Rob Holding and Calum Chambers could still be the centre back pairing of the future, but to entrust such responsibility to them is a failing of Wenger’s. I still don’t think Wenger should be forced out, and I don’t think there’s an outright replacement out there (who’s available), but it’s truly the Arsene way — frustratingly stubborn til’ the end, whether that’s with Walcott, loaning Campbell out, or refusing to complete transfers for a few million more so they can join the team before a season has started and Arsenal has already lost points.