Arsenal need to kick on from their just concluded successful season. In order to do that, they need to be looking at the Premier League and Champions League to further enhance their reputation. On their day, Arsenal are a match for any team. The only problem is their lack of consistency which they need to work on especially in the gruelling Premier League. So how should they prioritize all the competitions they will be involved in?
This is going to be one of my favourite cup competitions for the simple reason that many youngsters will be fighting for their futures and so should be looking to win this competition to prove themselves. I should rival Jeorge Bird in watching this competition.
With extremely talented youngsters the likes of Serge Gnabry, Gedion Zelalem, Chuba Akpom, Benik Afobe, Kristoffer Olson and Jack Jebb supported by the lightning quick Ryo Miyaichi and the returning Samuel Galindo and Wellington, this should be very entertaining. My personal favourite of all the youngsters is Thomas Eisfeld, a young Paul Scholes in my opinion.
Question- Can they at least emulate the class of 2004 that reached the semi finals or even win the cup?
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This looks like it will prove to be quite a conundrum for Wenger. As defending champions, he cannot afford to take this competition lightly but at the same time will not want to risk his star players getting injured. Does he sacrifice this competition for the Premier League or go for a double and does he have the squad depth?
Yaya Sanogo needs to prove himself in this competition as well as Abou Diaby. Still, trying to deduce who will make the starting line up in this competition will be pointless.
Question- Should Wenger sacrifice this competition and go for the Premier League and Champions League?
This is obviously the one Wenger will prioritize as his major goal for the season. After leading the league for a substantial period and ending up only seven points behind the eventual winner, Wenger will feel that with a few additions, the gunners can go all the way this time. Next season will prove to be harder to clinch the title as the challengers will have strengthened their squads and, in the case of Manchester United, will not have the distraction of the Champions League.
Question- Can Arsenal really win the league with the current squad?
Wenger’s holy grail. It is worth pointing out we reached the final in 2005/06 when we were crippled with injuries including missing out on Thierry Henry during long periods of the season. At one point we ended up playing Freddie Ljungberg, a right winger as a striker. With our current squad fully fit next season and raring to go, it will be interesting to see how far we will go.
I have just seen Giroud score two goals against Norway in a friendly and Loic Remy weigh in with a goal of his own that demonstrated his speed. It will be interesting to see how well both players will compliment each other if Remy makes the move to the Emirates. The signs look promising.
Question- Is it too early to make a play for the Champions League with our current squad?