WTTGT Writer: Lewis Kyriacou
Have Arsenal got over the loss of Vieria? For me, they haven’t even replaced Parlour or Gilberto yet, never mind Vieria!
After being in such a good position mid-way through the season, I was sure The Arsenal would win their first title since the legendary ‘Invincibles’.
Instead, our season collapsed more dramatically than the house that Jack built!
I can’t help but feel that a lack of competitive midfield battlers has made the Gunners a bit of a soft touch.
When Arsenal went undefeated, they had a trio of solid defensive midfielders in the shape of Gilberto Silva, Ray Parlour and Patrick Vieria. Meanwhile Henry, Pires and Bergkamp shone attacking wise.
Arsenal were difficult to beat because they had some bite in the middle of the park. As talented as the likes of Nasri, Fabregas, Van Persie and Walcott are, if they played the 2004 side in their prime, they’d surely be beaten because that midfield was expert in breaking down the play.
The current squad
The only [decent] defensive midfielder Arsenal have now is Alex Song, and although he looked great at the start of last season, he was clearly suffering from burnout towards the end.
Arsenal need to invest in not only one talented combative midfielder, but two. That way it will give them the same dynamic power as the Champions of 2004.
Steve Rowley, Arsenal’s chief scout, has highlighted what a great signing Scott Parker would be and that feeling is seconded by the majority of fans; including me.
Parker’s drive and never-say-die attitude reminds me of Parlour, whilst Song’s presence has just about filled Gilberto’s boots. Arsenal would still need a third option though, possibly Felipe Melo from Juventus or for a cheaper option, Tioté from Newcastle.
One thing’s for certain though, this should be the priority in the transfer window.
Eight times this season, Arsenal have scored at least two goals and failed to win the game. And talk of us signing strikers like Gervinho and Odemwingie will be wasted money if you ask me.