So a needed win for us against Crystal Palace on Sunday but I sit here remaining largely unconvinced by the strength of our first XI. I really do hope Wenger makes the necessary signings needed to elevate us otherwise it’s the same old story of ‘Arsenal being 1 or 2 players short to challenge’.
We really don’t seem to have our central midfield area figured out. Cazorla and Coquelin was the trusted combination we resorted back to, but it’s still a very short-term solution.
Ramsey has been a hot topic lately and I’ve said many times he can’t play with Coquelin but I’d still rather he was central than wide, he has all the attributes to be a key fixture in that position for us over a season he just doesn’t have a suitable partner.
Cazorla is a brilliant player but poses similar problems to Fabregas as he doesn’t have the stamina or energy to cover at CM. Coquelin’s near dismissal was a result of having to cover for Santi and do the job of 2 men off the ball. As good as he is a ball-winner the demand is way too much in this fast-paced league.
We need a midfielder that’s as defensively good as Coquelin but miles better in possession and one who can actually control our tempo in the deeper areas. Basically roll Coquelin + Arteta into 1 player. We need the likes of Ozil receiving the ball in higher areas and not having to come so deep to collect.
So that’s a new DM required.
Centre-forward is also very obvious. Giroud is a solid option but backup at best for a team with our ambitions, after him we are very unconvincing. Theo hardly getting on the pitch since his bumper new deal speaks volumes. He gives us a good option upfront and allows us to play more openly but his all round game is lacking as a striker. When you’re that height you need the skill-set of Aguero to play the lone role, he’s far from that level.
Welbeck looks like he’s suffering the Arsenal bug so we’re very weak there
We’ve created the most chances so far this season and only 2 goals have been scored whereas City have scored over double of that, the difference is evident. We’re not ruthless enough and a new top bracket CF solves this to an extent and lowers the odds of us scoring. In the same way that Fruity Reels guide to online fruit machines improves the odds of winning we need a striker who can create his own luck in front of goal.
So that’s a CF needed.
I’m far from a Mertesacker fan but unfortunately Koscielney doesn’t have a more suitable partner at the club. Merts’ lack of presence despite his actual presence strains Laurent Koscielney who’s not young anymore. I’d like to see Gabriel involved more or Chambers make a breakthrough but I have doubts about the former’s suitability to partner Kos and the demand will be too high for the latter at this stage.
It’s probably greedy to want another CB but that’d be amazing for me. Someone similar in size but more mobile and aggressive than Mertesacker.
At least 2 players are needed for us this season because Manchester City, having just signed Otamendi are by far the strongest outfit this season.
Giroud and Mertesacker, as decent as they’ve been for us they should be squad players, they’d be very strong ones in that regard. As for now, they make our spine too slow and weak and as Gary Neville said you need pace & power in your backbone.
Coquelin is good enough to start but not good enough to partner Ramsey who at the moment is our most complete CM. Coq would be a great option off the bench to close games, not to forget his versatility would still see him feature enough over a season.
I’m not sure what Wenger is waiting for but I pray he’s not satisfied with the current squad because I’m certainly not.
Don’t want to put a negative spin on an important result but that’s the way I see it. There’s no point getting excited as I always do when our flaws are so evident.