A started assessing Arsenal’s future prior to their mauling by AC Milan in the week. After Saturdays FA Cup defeat to Sunderland, the facts do seem more inevitable.
Now I know Arsenal fans will blame the early season departures, but that didn’t stop Arsenal hauling themselves on an incredible pre Christmas run. Fuelled by Robin Van Persie’s goals, the team shot back up the table and into contention. The pre-season departures were forgotten then.
Other fans will say Arsene Wenger cannot take Arsenal any further forward. But are there any other viable candidates available at the moment? I agree Wenger might need to adjust his transfer philosophy but I think he has earned the right to leave when he wants to.
The simple fact is Arsenal’s squad just isn’t good enough. They need an experienced back up goalkeeper to start with. Fabianski doesn’t inspire confidence and looks a liability every time he plays.
Now I admit Arsenal’s first choice back four are pretty decent. Well that would be if they could keep Kieran Gibbs fully fit. I don’t think Andre Santos is a decent enough defender nor do I rate Per Mertesacker. Youwould say Arsenal need a centre back and a left back then.
Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshire, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Song are players worth keeping but again they need one or two additions in midfield. A wide man who is good on either foot is a necessity and Arsenal also need a tough tackling central-midfielder.
Hopefully the return of Frimpong can solve that problem. I have not been impressed with Gervinho and have never rated Rosicky. Yossi Benayoun has not made a case for a permanent move.
Finally, Arsenal have a major battle in keeping Robin van Persie. I will be amazed if he is still an Arsenal player by next season. Who else is there at the club if he goes? In my eyes Arsenal need at least two forwards as well – would a move for Lukas Podolski and Daniel Sturridge satisfy the fans?
What are your thoughts on Arsenal’s woes? Comment below.
Written by Wesley Hillier @armchairstato.blogspot.com.
Introducing the neat little app that’ll pay you to view content tailored to your interests:
ThisisFutbol.com are seeking new writers to join the team! If you’re passionate about football, drop us a line at “firstname.lastname@example.org” to learn more.