With the irritating absence of Bacary Sagna – out with the broken leg sustained against Spurs – Arsène Wenger has had to consider his options for the right-back spot. Djourou, Jenkinson and Santos have all been possible contenders for the position, but it looks increasingly likely that he has chosen centre-back Laurent Koscielny, a player than has looked rusty even in his own position.
It might seem like a shrewd choice, considering he used to play at full-back on that right side at Guingamp. However, his Ligue 2 Player of the Season award and subsequent move to Lorient only happened after he was played as a centre-back for Tours, suggesting that maybe right-back doesn’t get the best out of him at all.
Johan Djourou is another option for the spot. Having played there before for the Gunners, he looks like a far more reliable option, especially as he comes across as slightly more comfortable on the ball than the aforementioned Frenchman. Andre Santos could surely only be considered in an ‘emergency’ as he really is very left-footed.
The only ‘real’ right-back apart from Sagna is Carl Jenkinson, but some argue that he hasn’t had enough time to adapt to the Premier League after only 2 games.
However, would pulling central defenders out of the middle – and subsequently having to rely on Song to fill-in – not cause just as much potential for concern as playing an inexperienced full-back? On top of this, the midfielder that would have to replace Song, such as Frimpong and Coquelin, aren’t much more experienced than Jenkinson, so either way we will have a Catch-22 with regards to a lack of experience in at least one position.
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