The Spurs game has caused me to think seriously about our squad and of the undoubtedly tough few months coming ahead. Perhaps I have been viewing our squad through tinted glasses but they were shattered last night by our abysmally shit game of football.
Arsene Wenger proved all critics wrong at the beginning of the season, and I loved him for it. My love for the club and it’s players and my love for optimism had never been higher. The sense of satisfaction and pride at seeing my team at the top of the league once again, I cannot explain.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Arsene and trust him and the squad for getting us where we are. But I want us to remain at the top, and for us to do so, I think a few changes have to be made.
Over the last few years, Arsene’s transfers have been criticized. When they first arrived, the likes of Hleb, Rosicky, Diaby, Denilson, Senderos, Walcott, Adebayor, Eduardo, Eboue and Djourou have not exactly set the league on fire.
In recent months Hleb and Adebayor have put in some good performances, and Rozza and Dudu have also put in some good performances as of late but the others….
All of them show potential, but potential will not win you a league.
Diaby is a powerhouse, he owned the Chelsea midfield last season but it was one game. He overplays and is greedy with the ball and his touch lets him down. He has other qualities to his game, but qualities he can only develop playing the center of the park and I do not trust him in that role.
Denilson shows a hell of a lot of potential, but is incredibly raw. He is a good fourth choice central midfield though, I would rather have another player ahead of him.
Eboue fails to add anything to the squad. Yes, he can cross but I don’t see the appeal of his “dribbling”. He knocks the ball past a player and then uses his pace to regain the ball. He is lazy and simulates play. He is not shit, you don’t mark Ronaldiniho out of a game and be shit but he is not showing his worth. Not a good enough back up if you want to win the league.
Senderos has been living off his good half a season for too long now. Yes, then he organized the defence well and looked like a monster in his tackling but I think Kolo also made him look good on numerous occasions with his monstrous pace compensating for Phillipe’s complete lack of it. He seems dependent on the offside rule now and looks generally clumsy in his play. Not a good enough back up if we want to win the league.
Walcott has potential. However, I never want to see him play on the wing ever again. His decision making is shit and whenever he gets the ball, he looks like a headless chicken and doesn’t take advantage of space and generally runs into players. He is not a bad back up, especially when played upfront but we can do better.
Johan. Interesting player. I was impressed by him last season and wasn’t very pleased to see Arsene had loaned him out. He had an unimpressive loan spell and was p!ss poor against the scum. I am willing to give him more time though. His recovery is good and he looks a hell of a lot a better all round athlete than the other lanky Swiss man. A good 4th choice Center Back.
And I almost forgot about Gilberto. This season, he has taken shit to a whole new level. I admire his professionalism, but now it is time to go.
I think some of us have taken our early season performances out of proportion. Yes, our squad was impressive but that was using our strongest XI. Our first XI will not last us a season.
Where does that leave our squad? With average players on the wings, in the center and in defence.
Sagna and Hoyte are our most impressive center backs at the moment (bar Gallas) and that’s not even their original position. If the god’s are with us, Arsene will play Sagna in the center and Hoyte on the right. Or even play Diarra on the right, but I’ll come to that later. Arsene has never been one to go with the general opinion though, and I can see him playing Gilberto or Senderos at the back, a thought which is giving me the shivers.
We will need to dip into the transfer market. We some good, versatile, experienced, Premier League standard players who can come in and do a job. Not enough players to phase our youngster our, just one or two.
We need a new right winger, but not having one won’t ruin our season. I’d actually would not mind some young talent there as long as we don’t have to go through the bullshit that is adaptation.
We do need some good, solid experience at the back though. Why not go for Wes Brown? He really is not as bad as some fans make out, a decent player and will not cost much. There is the question of whether he would join us or whether United will let him join us but I would certainly welcome him in here with open arms. He will want regular first team football though, and bar this month, I don’t think we can give it to him. A pity really, as he would’ve been a fantastic back up.
In the center, I would be quite happy with Cesc, Flamini, Denilson and Diarra. So what I am trying to say is: “Do not sell Diarra”.
CM is a position where experience is required, and I think Diarra could go on to do great things for us. He has really impressed me and has looked like a monster of a player. I would not object to Denilson playing a few games throughout the season, but I don’t think he is ready for regular football yet. I would feel a lot safer, should Diarra still be playing for us.
Flamini or Cesc are bound to hit some bad form at some point and Arsene is not keen on playing Diaby at CM. The second half of the season could be a good one for Lassana, should he choose to stay. Should he leave, I think a new CM spot should open up.
Keeping Diarra is even more important, should Arsene decide to play Sagna at CB, I trust Hoyte but he too is also young. Having Diarra ready to slot into RB would put my mind at ease.
If we bring in a new Center Back and keep Diarra, we should get through this month fine.
That’s the long and short of it, I reckon.
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