I was just reading that Arteta is nearing a return. Maybe not against Blackburn, but it sounds like definitely in time for Man Utd. Here is my question: When he comes back, should he be put back on the wing, or in a central midfield role?
Before he got hurt, his form was finally turning around on the wing. Problem is, during those three games where he played as a winger, I have never seen him run harder. When he pulled up with the injury, he was in a dead sprint. I'm wondering if, after recovering from an injury like he did, maybe a role in the midfield would be better since he won't have as much space and won't have to run all out, like he does on the wing. Also, the form of Osman comes into the equation: Do we really want to replace Osman in the midfield with Arteta, after Osman's form has been so terrific of late?
Personally, I think there are pluses and minuses to putting him at either position. What does everyone else think?
Patrick Pulis, Posted 15/04/2011 at 17:14:05
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1 Posted 16/04/2011 at 06:29:51
2 Posted 16/04/2011 at 08:30:16
That's a sentence I never thought I'd type!
3 Posted 16/04/2011 at 08:37:48
At least we would have someone on the bench who could make a difference if needed. I hope.
4 Posted 16/04/2011 at 08:52:34
5 Posted 16/04/2011 at 08:53:15
6 Posted 16/04/2011 at 09:12:29
7 Posted 16/04/2011 at 09:18:22
Arteta has done really well for us over the years but I've noticed he is not the same Arteta of old recently.
8 Posted 16/04/2011 at 09:37:41
9 Posted 16/04/2011 at 10:35:47
10 Posted 16/04/2011 at 11:27:56
Good laugh out loud moment Stephen, cheers for that.
11 Posted 16/04/2011 at 12:41:19
If we were to "sell him for a younger model" we would not get a great deal as he's just returning from injury and has not really excelled this year.
12 Posted 16/04/2011 at 18:39:42
One of the most disappointing aspects of the Moyes era is the fact that Cahill and Arteta don't have winners medals.
13 Posted 16/04/2011 at 20:38:48
14 Posted 16/04/2011 at 20:41:36
15 Posted 16/04/2011 at 21:28:27
So dont forget it you shallow fuckers.
16 Posted 16/04/2011 at 22:52:46
17 Posted 17/04/2011 at 04:49:29
Arteta is a better winger than Bily.
I know, it sounds crazy but that's how I feel.
18 Posted 17/04/2011 at 12:52:00
19 Posted 17/04/2011 at 14:28:49
20 Posted 17/04/2011 at 15:25:50
21 Posted 17/04/2011 at 15:27:35
For me, I like having two ball winners in front of the back four... so that would mean Arteta out wide. However with Cahill still out, Arteta and Osman can rotate a bit if we keep Pip and Johnny (or Rodwell) in the middle.
I have decided to let Moyes pick the team for the next match.
22 Posted 18/04/2011 at 09:22:03
Stick him out on the right.
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