Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is currently dealing with an injury crisis, and the French tactician has suggested that moving Santi Cazorla could be an option.
The Gunners will be without both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain until after the international break according to Wenger, as reported by Sky Sports in his press conference on Friday.
Arsenal are already missing Aaron Ramsey after he picked up a hamstring injury in the win over Bayern Munich earlier this month, and so Wenger will be forced into a rethink over his system and personnel.
While he also suggested that Joel Campbell may be given more opportunities in the coming weeks, he didn’t rule out the possibility of Cazorla moving to the flank with Mathieu Flamini coming in alongside Francis Coquelin.
Cazorla told the Evening Standard this week that he believes that he is finding his best form alongside Coquelin this season, and it is evident that the duo have been crucial to Arsenal’s recent success.
While Coquelin remains a combative and tenacious presence in midfield in retrieving the ball and putting the opposition under pressure, Cazorla arguably links up perfectly with him with his ability to build play from a deeper position using his impressive vision and distribution.
Should Wenger move the Spanish international into a more advanced role, he may well be risking breaking up a winning formula. As a result, the idea of bringing in Campbell to play on the right flank seems like the better alternative, as disrupting the Cazorla-Coquelin partnership could prove to be costly.