Arsenal failed to regain top spot in the Premier League after succumbing to defeat against Chelsea on Sunday.
Cue pandemonium from their fans, desperately anxious at the thought of the Gunners failing to capitalise on their best hope of winning the league in years.
Here are three changes that Arsene Wenger should - no, must - make ahead of their next outing.
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Let’s just hope he finds this article.
1) Start Elneny ahead of Flamini
Mathieu Flamini’s passion can never be undervalued. His performances, though, can.
The 23-year-old, signed from Basel earlier in the month, offers more creativity than the Frenchman and is a bigger threat going forward.
Plus, the thought of 60,000 Arsenal fans singing, “Now watch me whip, now watch Elneny” at the Emirates is hilarious.
2) Drop Walcott, not Campbell, for Sanchez
Theo Walcott celebrated a decade at Arsenal last week but for the remainder of the season, he needs to take a back seat.
Joel Campbell has taken full advantage of the rare opportunity presented to him following Alexis Sanchez’s hamstring injury, showcasing neat link-up play and relentless effort.
Admittedly, Campbell has only scored twice in 13 league appearances but with Sanchez back and Olivier Giroud in fine form, goals aren’t a concern for the Gunners.
If Walcott doesn’t play as a striker, he shouldn’t play at all.
3) With Mertesacker suspended, Gabriel should start at the back on a regular basis
Though Per Mertesacker’s foolish challenge on Diego Costa cost Arsenal the game, it may actually have been a blessing in disguise.
It means Wenger will have no choice but to start Gabriel for the next three games and, hopefully, beyond.
The Brazilian has proven himself worthy of starting alongside Laurent Koscielny.
Compared to Mertesacker, he’s a faster player and doesn’t make as many mistakes. If Gabriel was in Mertesacker’s shoes on Sunday, Costa wouldn’t have even been allowed the head start that resulted in the German’s sending off.
Plus, he looks so much meaner than Mertesacker, whose nickname is the BFG.
Wenger needs a defender who can intimidate, not someone who references a loveable giant.
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