We are still in the hunt for a top four finish in the league. We are in the semi final of the FA cup. Nothing that much different from our history over the last 12 seasons. Yet it is tasting all different. The Arsenal fandom who are unable to put up with perennial second best seem to have hit a critical mass and the toxicity in the air is threatening to choke the very life out of the club. Some of the fans are lashing out at the Board and the majority share holder, others at the players, but Wenger is sandwiched between the two and bears the brunt of the outcry. Is he going to quit or will he hang on? That decision lies solely with him because there is a 2 year contract already on the table waiting for his signature. Whether he signs or not, the least that Arsenal Football Club can do to display some concern for the sentiments of the fans is re-enforce the team in a manner that would give hope that the club has finally acquired the will for the step up to the very top.
To successfully take that final step requires some brilliant signings. Signings that MUST IMPROVE the starting 11. It is a wide field with plenty to choose from, but I will not be suggesting names here. Suffice it to say that we need as our minimum requirement a brilliant left full back, a well rounded defensive midfielder who can play both sides of the ball and a world class striker.
For this exercise we constitute the present squad as : (Cech, Ospina), (Bellerin, Debuchy, Jenkinson), (Mustafi, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Chambers, Holdng), (Monreal, Gibbs), (Coquelin, Elneny, Xhaka, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla), (Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott, Wilshere, Campbell), (Giroud, Perez, Sanogo). We assume we will be able to keep all our top players.
Come 2017/18, the 1st eleven that I would like to see is: (X denotes new 1st team signings)
To help recoup part of the fund for the three top new signings, the club would need to sell a minimum of six players from amongst the following 12 players : Debuchy, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Monreal, Gibbs, Elneny, Ramsey, Wilshire, Campbell, Perez and Sanogo. Any deficit in the squad numbers would be filled by promoting from the academy.
Gooners, what are your opinions? Do you have names of top players you wish signed (maximum 3)? Do we unearth or do we go Galatico? And who are the ones you want sold or allowed to go (minimum 3)? Remember that buying or selling is never a trolley dash.
Planning and dreaming help make it clearer why we must roll up our sleeves and keep fighting. To the drawing board, all hands!
by Pony Eye