I completely agree with the former Gunner, as I expect many of you do as well. There have been numerous occasions in recent seasons where Arsenal seem to get rattled if a comeback is on the cards for the opposition, which in turn leads to panic and nervousness.
Winterburn said about Arsenal:
I feel that the players technically are very good, but sometimes they don’t sense danger or show a ruthlessness in certain situations to win games.
When Arsenal lose control of the game, it just goes disastrously wrong for them.
It’s great to see Thierry Henry back for six or eight weeks, but it’s a short-term fix. They need another quality centre-forward to help Robin van Persie. If he [Henry] wants to come back and help, anyone given that opportunity should take him up on it.
I still look at the squad. They’ve got a lot of midfield players and a lot of them are very, very similar. You can’t keep looking back to your Patrick Vieiras and Emmanuel Petits.
They haven’t got that real type of character who can boss a game and then you can have your more technical players around them who can try and express themselves.
You could see at times they were being over-run. When you get over-run, you need good organisation from back into midfield and it didn’t look like that.
I always expect Arsenal to concede goals and it disappoints me to say that.
The worrying thing was the way they collapsed against Fulham. They were leading 1-0, we can debate the Djourou sending off, but then the way they conceded two goals in the last 10 minutes was a team that didn’t show any composure or any real desire to hold onto the game.
Again at Swansea, at times, I think Arsenal take unnecessary risks in and around their own area. I’m sure people even when they go 1-0 up, people are always saying, ‘This is not the end of the game.’ They’re always likely to make a mistake.
I’d be in for Samba [to help out in defence]. Thomas Vermaelen is one of the best centre-halves in the Premier League and they need to get him back as quickly as possible.
They need a strong, defensive centre-half to play alongside him though, and Samba would make the perfect partner.
In terms of Samba I completely agree. While Mertesacker is a big defender, he doesn’t really possess a commanding presence in the centre of defence. Although in saying this Arsenal already have an abundance of central defenders so the chances of Wenger entering the market for a centre-back seem slim. What do you guys think? Should Wenger go for Samba regardless? Feel free to leave a comment below!