It’s fair to say we are all disappointed if not angry with Arsenal’s inward inactivity in the transfer market after the sale of Song. Even the most positive Arsenal fan would acknowledge disappointment. Now that is out of our hands, we ought to take a critical look at the squad and see if the squad we have is good enough.
Sagna – Koscielny – Vermaelen – Gibbs
Diaby – Cazorla – Arteta
Walcott – Giroud – Podolski
The most negative fan would accept we have a wonderful first eleven. The worries comes when we pick up injuries (which we would definitely pick up). I’m confident with the options we have in defence. Jenkinson was a bit of worry going into the season but I think he would do OK till Sagna comes back. The other worry is Djourou but people forget his troubles last season was when he played at right back. If you doubt his abilities at center back, just try to remember the panic you felt when he was initially ruled out for six weeks when he went down in the 10/11 FA Cup quarter-final against ManU at Old trafford.
In the midfield, worries stem from fact that we are not sure for how long Diaby would remain fit. I think Ramsey could play his position, as long as he’s beside Arteta. Coquelin is also another player that fits in there. My major worry is with Arteta as it looks like we have no one to replace him. Wilshere can do the job when/if he comes back but would Arteta be fit till then? Let us hope so. We also have to hope that Wilshere comes back to a level close to the level he was before the injury. Coquelin is another option for that position. However, he was not impressive when he played there against West Brom in the last match of last season. Bear in mind that was only one game. Cazorla looks like the only first choice midfielder we have adequate replacement for in Chamberlain, Rosicky and possibly Arshavin and Ramsey.
We have Walcott, Rosicky, Chamberlain, Gervinho, Podolski and Arshavin as our wide players. We could also throw Santos, Gnabry and Ramsey into the mix. I think we are adequately stocked there.
Giroud has to be our first choice CF. Podolski would be his deputy and Chamakh being the third. Just to make things fun, let’s put Walcott in the mix, he sees himself as a striker.
Looking at our squad in terms of first and second elevens would be misleading. The key is the options we have to replace with. I’m least confident with striking options but if Giroud settles soon, I doubt we have to worry with substitutes.
If Wenger is ready to thinker with formation, players position and rotate properly, I think we would be in for a wonderful season. Nothing stops Cazorla playing behind Walcott in a 4-4-1-1 or having the energy of Ramsey and Coquelin in the midfield.
The transfers have ended (till January) and the best we can do is to support the players out there on the pitch. Let’s hope they stay away from injuries and also deliver.
Till next time, ódabò.