By JA & MW
It’s understandable that players are sometimes not available. This was simply proven with the Berahino, Benzema, Cavani, Higuain and Stones sagas. A player is only available when a club wants to sell. But what is difficult to comprehend is the players that we have been heavily linked with in the past making last minute moves. i.e Julian Draxler (via Espnfc).
If we signed the German youngster, whether he played well or not, would just have been the required lift we needed and would have appeased the fans. Let’s be honest the fans are going to be on AW’s back at the next home game which is Stoke, and that means both sets of fans will be on his case. We haven’t scored at home in 5 of the last 6, he has caused a lot of unnecessary issues for himself and it is difficult to imagine what will happen if we don’t win…
They are a bogey team at the best of times.
To be honest, our squad is likable though and when we start scoring freely again (which will happen) this window will be forgotten. But what we are still lacking is width. The players we have are top quality and that includes Olivier Giroud as he is a very important cog in that side, but we are trying to play 4 out of 5 centre midfielders across the middle of the park. Even Wilshere gets dumped on the wing, and then we have everything through the middle with the Ox and Walcott on the bench.
Walcott is not a striker. He’s a winger, and a lethal one when he has the confidence. Why we keep knocking him down by over using him as a sub or by playing him up front amazes me. This is after all a player who was not so long ago one of our most important players, a top scorer and started whenever he was fit. Sometimes to the detriment of his own fitness.
You understand if you also play on a Sunday and have lads on the wing with no pace – it’s a hell of a lot easier to defend.
Sometimes the answers are right in front of our eyes, we just need to open them to see what is required.
Giroud is in the box and has a group of CM’s playing the ball around on the 18 yard box semi-circle, he’s covered with players and becomes useless. He is best when he has a bit of space, holds the ball up, brings players in, plays it out wide and then is a target man for a cross.
Alexis Sanchez is still a very important player and one that is clearly lacking match practice. It’s been a demanding year for the forever energetic Chilean. Once he finds his stride and gains some fluency we will once again see why he is a world class act in attack.
Perhaps what should be one of our biggest regrets that has seemingly been brushed aside is our inability to land an alternative to Francis Coquelin. Mathieu Flamini may be fine against some of the so-called minnows if we manage to dominate the game and dictate possession, but his mistakes over the past few seasons have hardly inspired much confidence. Mikel Arteta is an able backup but will he remain fit? Wouldn’t bet my house on it.
We instead must look within. Calum Chambers perhaps? He got a lot of stick during his solitary performance as a defensive midfielder against his former club Southampton, but he is a talented footballer. Someone who is calm on the ball, has a good passing range and is learning his trade as a centre back. Don’t agree with the flack the young Englishman is receiving.
Of course Jack Wilshere is another potential candidate for the deepest of midfield roles given his exploits with the English national side, but again you cannot rely on his fitness or Wenger’s persistence to use him as an AM.
We may rue the lack of activity this summer after Petr Cech’s signing but we have no choice now but to look within and have faith in this rather strong squad.
We welcome your thoughts Gooners