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Post #16
Friday April 8, 2016 6:15pm

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Original post from Rey Regicide


Would you like to check back in a year lol

Of course. I'll gladly accept being wrong here. I would LOVE it if a USMNT player was getting regular playing time for Arsenal. I'm a Gunner and a Yankee. Would be a dream!
Post #17
Friday April 8, 2016 8:28pm

Joined Aug 2012
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Original post from USAGunner

He essentially has 2 6's, a 10, and 2 claessic Wingers. Zelalem just doesn't fit into any of those roles. That is why Ramsey is on the outside looking in (bench). With the emergence of Elneny and Iwobi, Cazorla is likely to be in the same boat when he comes back too. BUT Cazorla and Ramsey are able to play on the wing more than Zelalem can.

I don't think we play with two #6s when everyone is healthy. We have one #6 and one #8ish type.

Also, not to sidetrack the conversation from discussing Zelalem, but I'm curious to know how you feel Iwobi will impact Ramsey/Cazorla 's battle for playing time in the midfield? Alex is going to play on the wing or as a striker (more preferable of the two options). And additionally, at age 31, Santi has less time ahead of him than he does behind him.

But turning back to next season and Zelalem, it would appear that we will have Ramsey, Cazorla, Wilshere (Lord willing), Coquelin, Elneney, Zelalem, and potentially Xhaka from Gladbach. So I concur in your assessment that he has an uphill battle and ultimately think he goes back out on loan.

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Post #18
Friday April 8, 2016 9:01pm

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I think Elneny and Coquelin are both 6's. And with the way they have played with each other so far and allowing Bellerin, Monreal to bomb forward, and allowing Alexis, Iwobi, and Ozil to not worry much about tracking back in defense, Arsene has raved about the chemistry and complete functionality with those 2 and Iwobi in the lineup.

They all just complement each other so well. So regardless of roles we have 6 guys ahead of Zelalem right now that are ahead of Zelalem in the Central Midfield (I'm not including Wing guys, that's not Zelalem's position).

Coquelin, Elneny, Ozil, and Ramsey. Those 4 aren't going anywhere.
Wilshere, and Cazorla. I could see them being sold. I don't think Flamini and Arteta are around next year.

So if Wilshere and Cazorla are sold (very little chance that BOTH are sold) and we don't sign anyone you are looking at GZ, Crowley, Zamara, and Reine-Adelaide fighting for a first team spot (with potentially 2 of them up for grabs).

Personally I think Wilshere and Cazorla are both here next year and we have 1 signing in the midfield for a first team guy.

Which will probably leave 1 spot open for the 4 young guys. All of them are rated highly by Wenger. The one who does the best in training will be with the first team most of the year, 2 of them will be loaned, the other 1 will likely stay and train with the U21's.

So how our depth chart will work out next year?

6/8 = Coquelin, Elneny, Ramsey, Cazorla, Wilshere, New Guy
10 = Ozil, Cazorla, Wilshere,

As far as the Wing goes. I fully expect either Walcott or Ox to be sold this summer. Just injured too often and too inconsistent to keep them around and keep paying them. Especially with the emergence of Iwobi.

Next year we will have Sanchez, Iwobi, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Campbell, Gnabry, and likely 1 new signing.
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