With Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka injured ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United, manager Arsene Wenger has a decision to make on who to replace him in the engine room.
Francis Coquelin is the prime candidate to deputise given he’s a deep-lying defensive-minded midfielder. Mohamed Elneny, also a player of substance, is an option but has featured so little of late that he may miss out. But Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might be a wise choice given his form in recent weeks and what he brings to the midfield.
The 23-year-old has operated in a number of positions this season, starting the campaign as a winger before coming inside in the middle of the park, and most recently operating as a makeshift right wing-back. Oxlade-Chamberlain has impressed in all three roles for Arsenal but is arguably the most influential centrally when looking at his performances of late.
Scoring and creating seven goals in 14 Premier League starts, Oxlade-Chamberlain is capable of bringing the ball from deep into the final third while having the industry to harry his opposition when not in possession. The former Southampton man has been in much better form than Xhaka, Coquelin and Eleny this season so he should be Wenger’s first choice to place the former.
Arsenal are 1/1 to win against Manchester United this weekend, but who will replace Xhaka in the midfield?