It’s the end of the end for Arsenal’s Mertesacker, after two individual errors from the defender against Barcelona proved costly for the Gunners. Firstly, the BFG shouldn’t have been so far forward when Barca broke away for their first goal and, secondly, what the fuck was that touch prior to Mathieu Flamini giving away the penalty?
Gabriel is back in training after injury and available for selection for Wenger’s side’s clash against Manchester United this Sunday, leading to a lot of Gooners calling for the Brazilian to replace Per.
There are, however, a few other options who could more than adequately replace the World Cup winner, Mertesacker…
Play With 10 Men
Let’s face it, Arsenal’s defence has been shoddy for several seasons now and Gabriel is hardly the lovechild of Sol Campbell and Tony Adams. Therefore, playing with one less man over the rashness of the Brazilian and the lack of pace of the German, may well not be a bad thing.
At least Djourou is quick enough to try and make up for his highly regular mistakes – please note, though, that the Swiss defender is likely to make another more serious mistake when in the process of trying to make amends.
The inclusion of the land-dwelling mammal would add the pace that Mertesacker so painfully lacks.
At 49, Mr Arsenal would probably still put all of the defenders at Wenger’s disposal to shame.