With defenders dropping like flies, then getting up and flying into spider’s nests, Arsenal’s defensive options are limited for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.
Such is the crisis, Per Mertesacker could start his first game of the season having missed almost the entire campaign with a knee injury.
Arsene Wenger is not yet decided about what he’s going to do, and when asked said, “Per has the leadership qualities but I don’t know as he has not played 90 minutes for a long time.
“I have until Saturday to make that decision and I have not made up my mind yet. It depends a little bit on the system I will go for, the system I will choose.”
For some reason there also appears to be a question about who will start in goal. The choice is between Petr Cech, who has been playing really well recently, and cup keeper David Ospina who hasn’t played a game since the 2-2 draw with Man City at the beginning of April.
Asked about his keeping options, Wenger said, “In the semi-final Cech played. Will Cech play against Chelsea? It is possible. We will see.”
We’ll see soon, but imagine picking Ospina. There’s no way that could happen, surely. Oh, I forgot, this is Arsenal.
But put your house on Cech.