Koz – Coq – Ollie Signatures Secure the Spine for Years to Come.
The announcement of new contracts for Koz, Coq and Ollie is music to our ears. In one go, Arsenal have ensured the continuation of our spine. With Cech and Ospina we have two fabulous goalkeepers; and with the newly signed Mustafi and Holding and the solid, vastly improved Gabriel and Koz, we have four fine CBs to pick from. And of course there is still the experienced BFG to return to the squad at some point this season. SO the bottom of the spine is sorted. The full backs are sorted too..
In the centre of midfield, we have the newly signed Elneny and Xhaka, and Coq. On top of this we have the more box to box like central midfielders in Rambo and Santi. I am not saying all is brill in this area, but it’s more a matter of getting the combinations right rather than having to buy new players. Wenger could add another favourite collectible, a central midfielder, in the summer, but surely it would mean that one of Rambo or Santi would be sold. We also have a rejuvenated super-Jack coming back at the end of the season, and he could well make the best fit with Xhaka or Coquelin in the centre of midfield. I have no worries whatsoever about the quality of our squad in midfield.
In the hole, we have Ozil and the fast developing Iwobi, and both Santi and Jack can also play there. So no concerns whatsoever re quality options for this most pivotal of roles in the team.
Up-top we have Giroud to lead the line or to function as our super-sub. Both work for me, and I reckon the longer Alexis dithers about signing a new contract the more we see Ollie starting games in the next few months. Don’t be surprised if Alexis gets gradually marginalised with Wenger choosing the trio of Welbeck – Giroud – Perez more and more. I still really like Sanchez as our CF and with Welbeck, Theo, Perez and Ox to play on the ‘wing’ we have some fine options to hurt any opponent. I would love us to try a youngster on the wing and buy super quality in the summer and then let both Ox and Theo go, but I know this will not be totally popular with my fellow BKers! 🙂
The fact that Giroud signed a new contract so quickly must mean that Wenger was able to convince him that he is still very much in his, and/or the club’s, long term plans. I would love to know what Wenger actually told him…! Now for Ozil and Alexis to follow soon. I think the former will sign sooner or later but the latter may prefer to have one more, financially very attractive, adventure somewhere else. I would love to keep him but if he were to go I am sure we have the money to get a good replacement. A swap with Griezman perhaps?! 🙂
So for me, from a squad point of view, the future is looking very bright red and white indeed.