I know, I know, we all love a central defender who goes forward from time to time and aids the attack, and we love it when defenders like Chelsea’s David Luiz, or our own Thomas Vermaelen scores a goal from action or offers an assist, but look where that took Arsenal!
Yesterday’s match was a nice spectacle to watch from the neutral point of view, but for a Gunner it was extremely frustrating as we were forced to see a very skillful attack and an incredibly unsure and basically stupid defense.
Even though recently Vermaelen was the man to watch and he was in an incredible form, yesterday’s forward runs were the main reason for Arsenal’s defensive inability. What is a team supposed to do with Coquelin who is not a pure breed right-back, Gibbs who is still young and inexperienced and Koscielny who can’t look after everybody’s mistakes and fix them?
Wenger, or somebody else at the club, should take Vermaelen into a corner, slap him once and let him know that he’s a CENTRAL DEFENDER, not a playmaker, not a target man, and that he should focus on…errr…DEFENDING! His forward runs and the fact that Arsenal was time and again caught with two, or in the best case three defenders, might cost the Gunners their Champions League spot if Tottenham manage to win today’s game! Good Job Vermaelen!