As we prepare to take on Liverpool tonight at the Emirates Stadium, we’ve decided to get an alternative take on our current situation as a club.
Jordan Chamberlain from Empire Of The Kop has duly obliged and delivered an interesting take on our title chances, as well as his thoughts on Monday night’s Premier League clash.
Check his opinion out below.
By Jordan Chamberlain – Empire Of The Kop
Arsenal are a very, very good side.
But they haven’t taken their chances in the transfer market yet this summer and have stagnated, rather than improved.
I don’t buy into the ‘Petr Cech will win them ten points per season’ rubbish. In fact, he’s cost them three already – while our own presumed ‘weakness’ Simon Mignolet has kept more clean sheets in 2015 than any other ‘keeper.
It’s funny how if something’s said in the media or tweeted enough times it becomes a reality.
But it’s similarly ridiculous that Arsene Wenger hasn’t signed a proper central midfielder and a world-class centre-forward.
Francis Coquelin will never enjoy a run of form as good as he did last season. The young Frenchman’s performances prove he’ll be a reliable and trusty member of the Arsenal squad. But to approach four competitions with him as the only ‘midfield destroyer’ of any merit to provide a platform for the wonderful attacking midfielders is stupid.
Wenger’s bizarre stubbornness in the transfer market will damage Arsenal again, in this instance. Coquelin can’t tie Nemanja Matic or Fernandinho’s boots, nor Morgan Schneiderlin’s – who was available.
And it’s in this central midfield position that Liverpool could find their best chance of leaving north London with a point or better.
An industrious, disciplined midfield three of Lucas, Emre Can and James Milner (Henderson’s crocked) can potentially stop the supply line to Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez from Santi Cazorla and Coquelin.
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West Ham stuck Reece Oxford on Mesut Ozil, soaked up the pressure, and used Dmitri Payet brilliantly on the break. Lucas is a far more experienced anchoring midfielder than Oxford while Liverpool’s attacking midfield options are almost as impressive as Arsenal’s. Coutinho walks into any side in the country, while £29m Brazilian Roberto Firmino could make his debut and will be eager to impress. If Liverpool are defensively solid, there’ll be chances to break as Arsenal throw players forward.
Arsenal dealt with Christian Benteke in the FA Cup final, but his service was non-existent. If he can hold the ball up and bring Coutinho into play, Liverpool have a chance – providing Rodgers’ men don’t concede early.
If they do and they’re forced to chase the game, Arsenal have the ability to cut a defence including Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren (gulp) to shreds.
In terms of Arsenal’s season – they’ll challenge for the title – even without the enforcements they so obviously needed. But this is because Chelsea have similarly stagnated (even depreciated), while City rely way too heavily on David Silva’s brilliance at no.10. United and Liverpool aren’t good enough yet either.