With Thomas Vermaelen set to return in some measure in the Carling Cup this evening, either from the start or off the bench, it will pose a rather welcome selection problem for Arsene Wenger.
The question is: how should he handle it?
Will it be Per Mertesacker who drops out or Laurent Koscielny? Or will Vermaelen return to cover the left side of the back four, a position he takes up as the captain of Belgium?
For my money Koscielny is the form defender in our back-four and, given our recent performances, is probably undroppable right now.
Additionally, Mertesacker’s height is beginning to show — he handled Crouch with some aplomb on the weekend — and a return to a Koscielny-Vermaelen could see a return to an old problem that we now seem to have solved.
So should Vermaelen play on the left? Does it make the most sense?
Rather than give you a definitive answer — an opinion which might come out in the comments if the discussion goes far enough — I’d love to hear your opinion.
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