….except Cech of course.. 🙂
So there you go; we bought nobody after getting the best goal keeper in the PL, and we have got to do it all with the squad we have. No shop-therapy, no parading of new, smiley faces in brand new red and white shirts. Wenger did not indulge in buying himself a new toy or two and it all remains to be seen whether he will come to regret this or not. You got to give it to him that he does not seek the easy route in life. He could have bought one or two players to keep the press and buy-happy-fans satisfied and off his neck; instead, he bought absolutely nobody anymore after, swimming against the stream like the most resolute salmon. But for every dropped point he will be reminded of this, of course.
Many fellow Gooners spent many hundreds of hours reading the gossip papers and blogs and dreaming of shiny stars joining us, this summer. For how many years now have we been linked with Benzema, Higuain, Schneiderlin and so forth? It is soooo tedious! But as the journey is often nicer than actually arriving at a place, hoping that the gossip is true is perhaps even better than it actually happening. 🙂
As others have pointed out, especially AB who put it all very succinctly, the squad is great as it is. We have two quality players for every position and we need to keep them all happy, and for that we need to play them regularly.
We have plenty of CBs and full backs, and they are all good to very good. We have Cech in goal and Ospina as back up; so no worries here either. We have an army of first choice midfielders who almost all can become even better this season: Rambo, Coquelin, Wilshere, Ozil, Ox, Santi and Arteta. In attack we can pick from Giroud, Alexis, Theo and Danny – all first team internationals. So we have 12 classy players for 6 positions in midfield and attack…. No wonder really that Wenger did not feel much urgency to add players.
Many believe we need a top class striker to win the title but when we had one in Van Judas we did not win the league. Citeh had Aguero but did not win the league either last season. The Chavs, however, did win the league with an average to good CF, Costa. Citeh are overly dependent on Aguero and as soon as he is injured, suspended or out of form, they are likely to drop so many points that they can forget about winning the league. Manure had Van Judas, Shrek and Falcao at about £750,000 a week in salary alone and scrambled to fourth place – they were very lucky that Spuds and Pool had an even worse season. The Spuds had seasonal sensation Kane scoring for fun but ended up in the Gunners’ shadow, and outside the top four, once more.
Wenger wants to spread the goals and I reckon this is the best policy. We are less predictable and dependable on one man this way, and it is in this light we need to look at Giroud. OG is not a natural match winner, but he will score enough to be a threat and he will get others involved in the goal scoring duties. Alexis will be one of them, and I reckon our season will depend on the likes of Ozil, Rambo, Theo, Ox and Wilshere finding their shooting boots. Especially from central midfield we need more goals and the lack of finishing by Santi and Ozil is a small worry to me. But let’s see how Wenger deals with this this season.
Wenger does seem to be experimenting with playing Theo upfront instead of OG. I reckon we play better with OG leading the line, but am open to change. If we do play Theo up top then I would like to see Alexis in the hole to both provide service to him and score plenty of goals himself. Our Chilean firecracker is lethal from outside as well as inside the box and together with Theo he can drive defences mad. With Ozil and Ox we have players who can play wide and in the middle of midfield, especially if they are supported by attack hungry full backs, of which we have plenty. And with Rambo and Jack, and Welbeck and Santi, we have versatile players who can play almost anywhere. And then OG, or Danny, can come on as super-sub.
Alternatively, Wellbeck gets a chance to play up-top as soon as he is fit again. And I reckon Wenger will at least try this again during the season.
All in all, I reckon we will be fine again on the goal creating and scoring, and points gathering, front, and with Cech, BFG, Koz and Paulista and Coquelin and Arteta we have experience and power to keep us defensively solid.
So, what we can look forward to is how this group of players matures further and starts scoring goals from all areas whilst keeping it tight at the back. It might not be as sexy as buying a few high profile players but that will not bother Wenger one minute.
I for one cannot wait to see how this season will pan out. Bring it on!
Written by: TotalArsenal.