Arsenal must play Ozil on the right and push Cazorla forward


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a few team choices to make following the loss of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin during the shock 3-0 Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday midweek after confirming that the duo will be out until after the international break.

The loss of both players means that the Gunners are now week on the left hand side leading former Liverpool great Danny Murphy to suggest Wenger adjusts his team for the next three weeks.

“Ozil is playing brilliantly at the moment and I know some Arsenal fans will question why you would want to play him out of position when he is playing so well. Well, needs must I’m afraid,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“That would then free up the number ten role for Santi Cazorla, who is probably Arsenal’s most creative force in terms of his ability to see a pass.

“That leaves a hole next to Coquelin but it leaves a hole for someone who can help him with the defensive side and the obvious candidate for that is Flamini.

“I know as well as all the Arsenal fans that Flamini isn’t the answer every game for a full season but for the sake of a month [he could be].

“I saw him score the winner and play brilliantly at White Hart Lane. He is getting older but for the next few games, or up until the next set of internationals, I would put Flamini next to Coquelin and tell them not to move, especially for that big game in Munich.

“Let Cazorla edge forward a bit more, stick Ozil on the right wing for a few weeks, and then [Olivier] Giroud of course will play up front because Walcott is out. I don’t think it is all doom and gloom. It is manageable for now,” he added.