We all know that our coming season will be a gruelling one for our core players. We only have a realistic chance of winning the PL IF we can keep them fit, and have excellent back-up players on the bench and in the wider squad. In recent seasons, Arsene has had a tendency to overplay his key players resulting in fatigue, and, in some cases, long-term injury, which in the end cost us dearly.
Rotation is the key word, and for that we need a very good bench to start with: full of experience and hunger and game-changing ability. As per previous post, we are still hoping for a quality DM who can take his place next to Ramsey and complete the team. But say we get one, and/or Diaby will miraculously (it just sounds too good to be true/possible) come good this season (and I really don’t want to entertain the rumour that JW10 will be played in the deeper DM role next season…. utter rubbish), and Ospina will indeed sign; Arsenal will then have a very strong squad to choose from.
If we take as first starters: Szczesny, Gibbs, Debuchy, BFG, Koz, Diaby/DM-Beast (tba), Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Sanchez and OG, and a bench of Podolski, Cazorla, Ox, Flamini, Vermaelen, Jenkinson and Ospina; would we then not have a team capable of winning the PL?! There are also Monreal, Rosicky, Campbell, Sanogo, Gnabry, Arteta and Coquelin to be considered (and we hopefully also get a quality back-up CB in the next few weeks). And of course there is Theo, who should return to the team in the autumn…. And there are youngsters to be considered as well.
My point is, we are not that far off from having a very strong squad now, with the arrival of Sanchez and Debuchy, and likely additions of Ospina, a quality DM and back-up CB.
Looking at the squad, I can understand Wenger to some extent – if it’s indeed true – for having some doubt whether he should get a quality midfielder after all, given the large number of current midfielders he somehow has to fit into his plans… He will be looking at Diaby and Coquelin with strong hope they will come good now; he will also want to find playing time for Ox, Rosicky and Arteta/Flamini and Wilshere – depending on his preferences for the coming season….
My view remains that we lack a super quality DM/all-round midfielder and that we need to sign one asap…. But, standing in Arsene’s shoes, I can to some extent understand the dilemma he is facing right now. It looks like we simply have too many mainly attack-minded midfielders and too few who can actually defend at the required levels. And as long as we continue to play with a double DM-pivot in our 4-2-1-3/4-2-3-1 formation(s), we really need our central midfielders to be able to defend….
Other than a back-up CB, or two IF TV5 is allowed to leave, I reckon the ‘will he/won’t he sign a DM’ – and if not, who will Wenger play as his first choice ‘DMs’- will remain THE blog theme for the next few weeks.
Fingers crossed Arsene makes the right decisions and then our team is ready: with a strong first team, a quality bench and fantastic wider squad and youngsters to build on further.
Some questions for you:
What would be your first eleven?
What would be your strongest bench (maximum of seven players)?
What would you like Wenger to do re the DM situation: buy at all cost, or wait and see and work with the current available midfielders?
Written by: TotalArsenal.