Premier League: What Arsenal Should Do About Their Left-Back Problem

Nithyanand KrishnamaniContributor IIIJanuary 20, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26:  Andre Santos of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Fulham at Emirates Stadium on November 26, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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After a very strong finish to 2011, Arsenal seem to have fallen with two away defeats in a row. Although this is bad, it is not an alarming slide.

There are quite a few issues that have to be dealt with if Arsenal are to end this season with a trophy—one of them being one of their most problematic areas, namely the left-back area.

A lot of eyebrows were raised when Arsene Wenger went and bought Andre Santos from Fenerbahce. But, the fact is that he has acquitted himself quite well in the Premier league.

With him out until mid-March and Kieran Gibbs being injured, Arsenal have been using different players to solve the problem—the players being Thomas Vermaelen, Francis Coquelin and Ignasi Miquel. 

Now, with the issue being summarised, I want to look at what actually can be done. There are two ways of addressing this particular issue.

1. Buy a new left-back

This seems to be the most popular way of doing things. But, there is a huge problem with this method. That is, supposing that Arsenal do sign a left-back like Taye Taiwo, Emilio Izaguirre or Wayne Bridge, for that matter, it will take some time for them to have the Arsenal way ingrained into them.

Also, what would happen once Andre Santos is fit? What is the point of buying a new player when your first-choice player is going to be fit in a short while?

2. Use Thomas Vermaelen as the left-back

I personally am not too excited using TV5 as the left-back. Since his strongest position is centre-back, it is always better to use him there.

One more reason why he should be used alongside Per Mertesacker is because his leadership and brave nature are really key to the defense. Both Koscielny and Mertesacker are not greatly vocal, which can sometimes hamper the communication between the defenders.

The best thing would be to use Miquel as the left-back until Santos is fit.

There you go, guys. That's what I think can be done. What do you think?

All your thoughts are welcome.