For a long long time I have said that I would love Arsene Wenger to play Thomas Vermaelen at left-back.
In fact, when blowing the candles out on my (ahem) 18th birthday cake last year I wished that the Belgian would become a regular there.
I have always felt that Arsenal would be so much more solid at the back with him playing there.
Imagine a back-line of (from left to right) Vermaelen, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Sagna.
That defence, in my opinion, would be Arsenal's strongest 'defensive' back-four.
A defenders job, first and foremost, is too defend isn't it? And those four mentioned love to defend as much as I love BBQ Spare Ribs.
Of course my plan means taking, who many consider to be, our best centre-back from his favoured position and shifting him to the left-back slot.
Well, due to the injuries we have suffered, it appears my wish that Vermaelen has an extended run at left-back may come true.
However, I should have been more careful what I wished for!
Thomas will have to play there, not through merit, but because Wenger's first-choice, André Santos, is out for three months.
I am genuinely gutted for Santos because he has become my most favourite Brazilian. I even like him more than Pamela Anderson's Brazilian.
When he first joined the club I thought he was Frank Lampard's distant South American cousin. He was that fat.
Not only that, it appeared he couldn't defend to save his life.
André's kamikaze forward runs meant we were exposed at the back and his obvious lack of fitness didn't help either.
He needed time to adapt to the English league and earlier in the season, we were struggling, so we didn't have that time.
So some people made quick judgements on Santos and many thought he wasn't up to scratch.
This was unfair on him. How can a player be judged in such a short space of time?
Especially when you consider he had no pre-season with Arsenal and had signed from the Turkish league. A league with all due respect, that is weaker than its English equivalent.
I think André Santos has come a long way in a very short time since arriving at Arsenal.
His fitness has improved, he is finding his feet, and every week he is beginning to show that he can actually defend too.
Santo is proving the doubters wrong all the time and that is why I am gutted for him that this injury has come now.
Fingers crossed he makes a quick recovery and doesn't end up plumper than he was before he joined!
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