We are almost coming to the end of the season and while there is a chance we might get a hold of the FA cup, the Premier League is what most fans are craving for. In order to achieve success next season, I want to analyze certain factors and see how they will affect Arsenal in the coming season.
This is a very important factor due to the World Cup. Keep in mind this includes the mental stress of been eliminated from the competition. So who are the players potentially affected?
Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Ozil, Carzola, Podolski, Chamberlain?, Giroud.
Eight first team players who are all expected to get to the knockout stages and beyond. This is critical and if not addressed will cost us.
Injury prone players:
Walcott, Rosicky, Diaby, Gibbs, Ramsey?
Assuming Wenger does not get to the bottom of the numerous injuries that strike the team often during the crucial part of the season, expect to see the aforementioned players miss a couple of games.
Obviously Arsenal is not unique and the rest of the teams that will challenge for the title will have similar problems. The one who will come out on top is the one who will effectively manage these issues and any others that might crop up. Arsenal cannot afford to be slow off the blocks. I highly doubt so many points will be dropped next season like this season.
Keep in mind Manchester United will not have the distraction of the Champions League while Arsenal will have to contend with the Community Shield and Champions League qualifier assuming of course we achieve both our targets for this season. Suddenly things are looking a bit pessimistic for the coming season.