A Fine Line Between Arsenal and Success? by Abdul
After having a look at Arsenal’s squad last season and this season, it is evident there are a few minor changes Arsenal need in order to become the formidable force they once were. The defensive errors and costly mistakes at the back have been eradicated to some extent, with all the praise going to Steve Bould. It has been great seeing Arsenal play in a way where we can feel confident we dont have to score 4 goals in one game in order to get a feeling that Arsenal may come away with 3 points from a game. The good old 1-0 to the Arsenal phase seems to have returned and with Arsenal’s proven ability of scoring goals, there are some promising signs ahead for us Arsenal fans.
On the other hand, success at Arsenal has eluded us time and time again, whether it be injuries, mistakes or simply not being good enough. Arsenal have failed to win silverware for 7 years and it is evident that fans are getting impatient. However, I feel looking at the players in the Arsenal squad, we are just a few transfers away from success.
Arsenal’s defence has been great, but once injuries hit, things may get ugly. Therefore i would like to see Djourou and Squillaci leave in order to allow Wenger to bring in at least one top centre half. The defender that would fit perfect in the system Arsenal are trying to deploy is the likes of Sakho who is young and down the pecking order at PSG.
Arsenal have a lot of competition and depth in their midfield with almost 10 players able to play once they are all fit. We currently have Wilshere, Arteta, Diaby, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Frimpong, Ramsey and Rosicky. As nice as it is to see so many names, the more players we have, the more upset some players will become after sitting on the bench. If Arsenal were to part ways with Ramsey and Rosicky and bought in one more midfielder, they will see what it is like to be winning trophies again. I do rate the two players mentioned, however they aren’t quite what Arsenal need. If they bring in a defensive midfielder in the mould of Cheik Tiote, we will have 8 midfielders fighting for four or five places on the pitch meaning we will have cover for each player but also players with the quality required in an Arsenal line up. Also allowing Arsenal to fill the void that Alex Song has left. This will create a mix of strong, positive and creative minded players and would all be able to play the Arsenal way.
The final change I would like to see is for Arsenal to permanently ship out Bendtner, Chamakh and Park Ju Young and to bring in one striker. Who ? A striker with an eye for a goal, a great touch and one of the best finishers around. Ok, so it’s too late to sign Berbatov, but if Arsenal were to sign a Benzema or a Higuain, it would be a welcoming addition to the squad.