ARSENAL:- LETS TALK OF REBUILDING AND NEXT SEASON
There is a lot of work to do in the very little time available before next season begins. Our players that will be involved in this summer’s World Cup Tournament will miss preseason training in part or in full. Our target for the moment is to finish 6th on the table above Burnley so our preseason is not further interfered with by the Europa League qualification matches. A poor preseason could cause a slow start to our 18/19 campaign which could prove irredeemable. Therefore we must be up and doing as we have a lot of catching up to do on our more settled rivals.
It is reasonable to believe that a new coach has already been contracted and the sooner he is announced the better. Time is so precious and apathy growing by the day that there should be no room for sentiments.
Judging from our performance this season we are a 6th place team (hopefully) and not a top 6 team. It is debatable how much of this poor standing is due to coaching or due to the players. Certainly, the players must bear part of the blame. Therefore, team rebuilding is a necessity. Some players will have to leave and some news ones will need to be recruited, and the rebuilding should start immediately.
POOR DEFENDING OUR UNDOING.
With three matches left in the season we have already conceded 48 goals. That is classic middle table rate of leaking goals. Clearly, defending is where our big problem lies and we need to focus our rebuilding efforts on it.
Issues of poor defending (not necessarily defenders) can be due to; inferior personnel, poor coaching, wrong structure and unbalanced tactics. In our case I think it is the combination of the four.
PERSONNEL:- We need to replace our current keepers with a world class keeper. Nothing less. Our back line needs the injection of at least one top class central defender in place of the ailing Koscielny and retiring Metersacker. The budget is always limited so we can only hope that our young stars will step up. Otherwise our back line needs an even bigger overhaul.
COACHING:- It is widely believed that Wenger does not give adequate attention to defensive drills. Evidence on the ground seems to confirm it. The new coach should be one that gives good attention to this area.
STRUCTURE:- Structural inadequacy affected our defending out of the fact that we operate a team without a holding midfielder with a solid defensive side to his game. It is a structure that leaves defending almost in the hands of defenders alone. This should be remedied with the signing of a quality holding mid.
TACTICS:- Part of our defensive problem might actually arise from a gap in our tactics. We dominate possession and territory resulting in our defenders holding a high line. The absence of the high press (which is defending from the front as possession based teams like City, Liverpool, Barcelona do) means that whenever we loose the ball the opposition are invariably running at our defenders that have acres of space behind them. They become more or less sitting ducks. Our hope is that the new coach can implement a more balanced tactical model.
Three quality signings: a keeper, a central defender and a holding mid must have hit the £100M plus mark unless Sven Mislintat is able to work his Dortmund magic by bringing gems on the cheap. Otherwise some squad players have to be sold for the funding of part of the new signings. The gaps are then filled from our Academy.
The fans want to know that the ball has started rolling. We need an announcement within the next few days. We need quick, decisive actions too.
Gooners, tell us how you think we should go about to become a PL force again.
By Pony Eye.