Carragher warns Arsenal not to play Rosicky against City

Rosicky Defends

Arsenal can't play Tomas Rosicky against Manchester City, warns Jamie Carragher. Is this unfair on the Czech?

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has urged Arsene Wenger not to play Tomas Rosicky in central midfield against Manchester City, speaking on SkySports.

The Gunners travel to The Etihad this weekend, aiming for a big result, 13 months on from losing 6-3 at the same stadium.

Arsenal were overrun that day, and with City in the title race, and Mathieu Debuchy out injured, there is always a fear of the reigning champions' attack being too good for them.

It's a situation highlighted by Mikel Arteta's continued absence. Mathieu Flamini was heavily criticised after the 2-2 draw away to Liverpool, by Carragher, and the pundit believes Arsenal need to try a different approach.

He told SkySports: "They have not got anyone there, so they will just have to go with Aaron Ramsey, who you would expect to come in and has great energy.

"I would think about putting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain there just for his physical presence and his power. But you cannot go with Tomas Rosicky."

Rosicky is as experienced as they come in the Arsenal squad, and was superb against Stoke City at the weekend, providing an assist in the win.

  PositionBall Recoveries per gameTackling AccuracyAerial Duels won per gamePassing AccuracyAppearances
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain MF 4 75% 0.4 82% 20
Tomas Rosicky MF 4 67% 0.67 84% 6

Based on statistics this season however, there is little to choose from between Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rosicky in terms of the attributes required to play in defensive midfield.

They both average winning back the ball four times per game each, and while Chamberlain's tackling accuracy is more effective, Rosicky shades it in terms of aerial duels and passing accuracy.

To discount him as a factor in terms of selection outright as Carragher has done. Rosicky has the potential to play a useful role if selected and fans should not be concerned if he gets the start.

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