Who are the key men to Arsenal’s 11/12 season?

WTTGT Writer: Lewis Kyriacou

This season could be make or break for Arsenal. With the departure of our talismanic captain all but certain, it is time for three players to lead this team to glory.

Jack Wilshere

If Fabregas leaves, which is likely, we will need a solid playmaker to fill the gap left by him. The English starlet made massive strides last season, winning PFA Young Player of the Year. In my opinion, however, his talents are wasted playing as a second defensive midfielder, just ahead of Alex Song. Without Fabregas (and possibly Nasri), I think Wenger should allow Jack a more advanced role allowing him to penetrate defences from higher up the pitch. I’d rather give the position to someone who has proven himself in the Premiership already, than gamble on whether a big named central midfielder abroad can adapt to the English league straight away.

Robin Van Persie

‘If’ is probably the biggest word in football, but ‘If’ we can keep Van Persie fit all season, we could have ourselves the Premiership top goal-scorer. He’s adapted his game to get in and around the box, becoming a more aggressive attacker. He’s also got the skill to produce a goal out of nothing, like his equaliser against Barcelona. When a player can produce moments like that, it galvanises the team and everyone raises their game as a result. Currently our vice-captain, Van Persie would be the favourite to take the armband if Cesc departs. While I would prefer a “grittier” style of player to wear the armband, one who can grab the team by the scruff on the neck like Adams or Vieria, Robin has shown he is a passionate player, and his experience is invaluable. Regardless of whether he is handed the captaincy, Robin will lead by example on the pitch.

Thomas Vermaelen

Again, dependant on being fit, Vermaelen can be the answer to our centre-back problems. Whilst our defensive problems won’t be wholly eradicated until we learn how to defend as a unit, from goalkeeper through to centre-forward, having our best defender back will help enormously. The man is a real talent. I remember his extraordinary goal-line clearance against Fulham on the last day of the season, and I am sure he will save us more points with last ditch tackles like that than any other defender did last season. He also scored nine goals in his debut season, and some of them were right out of the top draw. Not that we expect a centre-back to score, but when we need a goal, he’s another player who is useful in and around the box.

One thing each of these players have in common is passion. If this trio can consistently perform with heart and desire throughout the season, I believe they will encourage others to raise their game accordingly. If that happens, this season might surprise us all.     

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7 Responses to Who are the key men to Arsenal’s 11/12 season?

  1. eldiablo August 3, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    i think Szczesny should be added in there he will have to play a key role this new season

  2. Plain@Joe.com August 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    Am I the only one to see that szczesny is pretty much above average???

  3. adam August 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Wilshere is the best player at arsenal after cesc

  4. second_class_citizen@hotmai.com August 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Ramsey, almost back to his best by the looks of it and hopefully more to come. I'd pick him over Jack if it came to it as I think though Jack was great last year he doesn't get enough assists and isn't that much of a goal threat. Hopefully there is more to come from him as well.

  5. gabyseikaly@gmail.com August 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Very well said Lewis Kyriacou. I agree with you 100% I also agree that szczesny should also be added there and dont forget Sagna and a fit Theo. If someone can slap Arshavin in the face to wake him up and if Ramsey can become more confident and not scare at the last second when it counts the most, then I would add them to the above list as well.

  6. danjonesbonesy@hotmail.com August 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Wenger is the only key man. If he spends and abandons the stupid 4-5-1/4-6-0 formation, we stand a good chance of suceeding. However, we all know Wenger and his stubborness. He'll lead us to mid-table mediocrity this season. Hopefully, the **** will be sacked by Christmas!

    WENGER OUT!!!

  7. ArsenalRules August 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    I think that you should add in givinho because i can see him scoring lots of goals.

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