If someone predicted before the opening match of the season against Manchester City in the Community Shield that Arsenal would have just four victories in eleven league matches by November, three out of six in European matc
hes and one out of two matches in domestic cup-competitions, we would probably label them as a pessimistic psycho obsessed with Arsene Wenger’s departure.
Who would expect Arsenal to have just eight victories after eighteen matches or below 50 percent after spending a lot of money to get new players like Alexis, David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck?
However, it seems that spending a lot of money can’t solve problems unless you fill all the gaping holes in the team. We haven’t done it yet and that’s why our season has been in such disappointing shape so far. We’ll play eight league games before the transfer window opens and with our poor tally of just seventeen points in eleven games (just a little bit over 1.5 points per game) it’s not looking good. So, what we can do to change our luck by that date?
1.Work on our defensive shape.
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One might say that thirteen conceded goals in eleven games isn’t the worst defensive tally but we have failed to keep a clean sheet on too many occasions for our own good. We have to do something with our defensive shape and learn how to hold onto our lead.
2.Find a place for Rosicky and Campbell.
Tomas Rosicky and Joel Campbell have been surprisingly underused this term and it would have made more sense if we won at least five or six more points. Given how poor Santi Cazorla’s final product has been this term, how our holding midfielders can’t put on two satisfying performances in a row and Aaron Ramsey hasn’t found his form from last term, The Czech maestro can apply for at least three positions in our team. He has aggression, tackling, passing range and shooting ability – all he needs is a prolonged run of games. There has been a rumour recently that Rosicky has been kept on the ice due to his contract clause that would activate incase Rosicky reaches a certain number of appearances but it would be a rather stupid from Wenger to avoid using one of his best midfielders for that reason only.
Campbell, on the other hand, has to deal with players like Alexis, Welbeck and Chamberlain who have been the stronger part of our team. The Costa Rican attacker however needs match fitness. He didn’t look sharp enough against Southampton in the Capital One Cup.
3.Find a winning rhythm.
All our league campaigns under Arsene Wenger have had one thing in common – an impressive winning streak at some point of the season. Right now, it looks like we can’t get more than two victories in a row. Unless we want to suffer another stressful battle for fourth place, we’ll have to beat our opponents every week, not just once or twice per month!
4.Use our available players in their natural positions.
Calum Chambers should play as a central defender especially given that we have just one senior central defender that is healthy. Hector Bellerin, despite being a youngster, should play as a right full-back. Nacho Monreal should rotate with Kieran Gibbs at left full-back. Bellerin has pace, Chambers doesn’t. Chambers can beat opponents in aerial duels, Monreal can’t. Gibbs can’t play every game – not just because he is an injury prone player.
5.Be prepared for no transfer activity in January.
Arsene Wenger doesn’t like the January transfer window so he might be reluctant to spend money on players that have already played a lot of games this term for their respective clubs. Furthermore, we’ll have Debuchy, Koscielny and Giroud – he has returned to training already – back in the team by then so Wenger might think we won’t need new players come January.
And, now, let’s beat Manchester United this weekend, shall we?