Going through the newspapers and I just can’t believe what the media continually spew on a daily basis. “Arsenal will be lucky to get 6th”, “Arsenal have a failed youth system”, “Arsenal need to spend money” and the most ridiculous “Arsenal need a new manager”. Why is it that the media pray for Arsenal’s next blunder? Why is it that when we do something, there is always something wrong with it? Why is the media so anti-Arsenal?
Arsenal has existed for 125 years now and it is definitely supposed to a special year for us. Granted we haven’t started so well in the premier league, but what counts is that there is still another 31 games to go. People and especially the media seem to forget that Arsenal have had a sturdy start in the Carling cup and the best start in the Champions league out of the English clubs.
The main point of this article is to explain why I believe that Arsenal will get at least 4th. Both Tottenham and Liverpool haven’t had the best of starts and vitally the latter have lost points to teams they should absolutely beat if they want to get 4th. Liverpool have spent £114 million since the new year and have lost vital players in Torres and Meireles. Now let’s inspect their best 11.
——————– Reina ————————-
Johnson— Agger —- Carragher — Enrique
Downing— Adam —- Gerrard —– Kuyt
————— Carroll—— Suarez ——————
A very formidable team but hardly a team that will finish above Arsenal. Now who would make our starting 11? Suarez and possibly Gerrard. Now for a team the media religiously stand by as a team that will finish above Arsenal, I can’t see the fuss. It is not even like they have amazing squad depth either. All they have is Henderson, Kelly, Skyrtle, Lucas and Rodriguez. The rest are nobodies really and essentially untested. This is the team I feel will get 6th. They have already lost points against Sunderland and Stoke and I expect them to come away with nothing this weekend against United.
The next team is our bitter rivals, Tottenham. They are the media favourites for the simple reason that they can’t get enough of Arry. The media almost have to big up the prime candidate for the England job next year. I hate to admit it but they have a good team. Their first 11 are as follows:
—————— Freidel ——————
Walker—- Dawson—- King —— Ekkotto
Van der Vaart —- Parker —– Modric
Lennon—— Adebayor ——- Bale
This bunch are much more likely to contend with us for a top 4 place. I am pretty sure that Wenger would be happy to have the likes of Van der Vaart, Modric and Bale at his disposal. However you look at that squad and even their performance against us and we can see that they can easily collapse against any team. The back 4 is the weakest out of top 6 (no matter how many who think Arsenal’s is) and they could easily leak goals. We can also see that the front 6 are very strong but not
stronger than any of the other top 6 teams. Finally we can look at squad depth, where is it? Defoe? Kjankjar? Corluka? It is obvious that if any of the first team get injured which is likely then we could potentially face a very weak Spurs team when they come to the Emirates. However I still put them firm favourites to challenge Arsenal for 4th place.
Now let’s look at the team which has been under constant criticism, scrutinised by the media every day and the team which the media pit as the weakest team for the top 6 place. Let’s look at our beloved Arsenal.
————— ——Scecezny—————————-Sagna ——— Vermaelan— Mertesacker—– Gibbs
Arteta——- Song————– Ramsey
Walcott—— Van Persie ———- Gervinho
Now, I have left out Wilshere simply because he will be out for too long to be factored as an integral part of our premier league campaign. However I still expect him to be eagerly anticipated and this could be the person who prevents our mid-season dive. This 11 I believe is actually an extremely good and unfairly deemed the worst Arsenal side under Wenger. If you look out our team, you can clearly see we are lacking Fabregas and Nasri. Yet Nasri has been easily replaced by Gervinho and if he can be consistent he will be a better asset to us. Fabregas is a harder act to replace. He was the best midfielder in the EPL and he was miles ahead in terms of vision, passing and elegance. We have lost the future best midfielder in the world and we couldn’t do much to stop it. Now if we cast our mind back, Fabregas was not full fitness for a lot of matches and even missed large chunks of the season last year. Arteta is a very competent replacement. He created the 5th most chances on average last season after Fabregas, Giggs, Gerrard and Lampard. He was also at a much weaker team whilst the aforementioned four were in top 4 contending teams.
There is also the point that our team squad depth has increased since last season. We can see the likes of Frimpong, Ramsey, Coquilain, Chamberlain breaking into the first team along with our new purchases. I myself don’t quite buy the hype that we are a much weaker team. No team is made of one or two players, it is made of one unit which is comprised of many players working together for a single cause.
I always like to end articles with a few positive facts regarding our beautiful Arsenal.
We are the 5th Richest club in the world, we have the 4th largest fan base in the world, we have the 2nd biggest Stadium in England, we are the 3rd most successful team in England, we have the 2nd most successful youth system (after Barca) and finally we have the 2nd best manager in the world (after Sir Alex of course).
Support your team, support your Arsenal.