By K-PO, Hardcore Member of and Blog Member
This is a rallying call. A lot of Gooners are quietly confident about a trophy coming to the Emirates, some are dead against it happening, and think that we will do a Leeds. That will not happen. Others think that we will come close next year, and finally burst onto the scene in 2009/10.
I think, based on what happened in 2007/08, we will have a successful season next year, with trophies involved.
Remember, the last time we were truly involved in a title race (besides 2007/08) was in 2004/05. The only remaining members of the squad that were truly involved that year are Fabregas, Toure, Lehmann (not for long), van Persie and Senderos (sort of). The rest of the current team has never been involved in a title race until now!
Now, everyone has gotten valuable experience in both the Premier League and the Champions League, and we have experienced pretty much every bad thing possible. Horrible luck with decisions (Kuyt on Hleb vs. Liverpool), long term injuries (Eduardo, van Persie, Rosicky), and we got thrashed twice.
Now that we have experience in every competition, I can do an analysis of the squad.
Strikers: We have every type of striker in Adebayor, van Persie, Eduardo, Bendtner, Barazite and even Walcott and Vela. We have two huge strikers that add aggression to the attack, and and both great finishers, while they strike fear into the hearts of defenders. Then we have two classy finishers and play makers in van Persie and Eduardo. I know that most of you probably don’t think Eduardo is a play maker, but he had several assists, and creates chances for himself and his teammates. And, best of all, both are prolific in the box. If you put on of Adebayor/Bendtner and van Persie/Eduardo then you will have a brilliant strike partnership, which we have seen this season. Barazite, Walcott, and Vela will be emergency strikers I think, but are all reliable. ALSO there is the brilliant news that Eduardo could be back for the beginning of 2008/09.
Adebayor and van Persie: Set to partner each other next year, if the Dutchman can stay fit
Midfielders: We probably have the midfield with the most potential in Europe. Fabregas, Diaby, Denilson, Gilberto, Rosicky, Walcott, Vela, Merida, Randall, Gibbs, Traore, and also certainly Samir Nasri will be involved in that midfield. Fabregas will obviously be playing in his natural role next year, and there is a big possibility that the blossoming Theo Walcott could start on the right wing. Czech captain Tomas Rosicky has had surgery that will hopefully end his injury problems, and if he can stay fit his experience and flair could really help us to a title. In support on the wings we have Vela, Randall, Gibbs, Traore, and even Merida can play on the left wing, and of course, Nasri should be here in the next 1-2 days.
We do, however, need a defensive midfielder. Right now we are only a fierce defensive midfielder away from the perfect midfield balance. We have experience in Rosicky, the pass master in Fabregas, and flair in Walcott. We need someone who will not be afraid to tackle anybody. Someone who will make Cristiano Ronaldo look like a moron. Yaya Toure is our man in my opinion, with Denilson, Diaby and Gilberto in cover for that position, as well as cover for Cesc.
Walcott and Rosicky: Both set for more starts next year
Defense: This is the area we need to strength. We need someone with a few years left who has experience to be able to cover for injury and teach young defenders to defend like they were Franz Beckenbauer or Bobby Moore. I think we need to buy Lilian Thuram, just to add that experience that we lack in defense, and to teach players like Senderos, Song, Djourou, and Nordtveit how to defend like Champions. Because it will be one of those four who replaces Gallas. Mark my words. Then when Thuram retires he can be a defensive coach, alongside Martin Keown. hehehe.
Lilian Thuram: France legend to add experience?
With what I have just said, we will have a team capable of winning the Premier League. I don’t care if we win it, I just want to know that we are capable of winning it, and will remain capable for many years.
This is what the first team should be next year:
Bench: Fabianski, Thuram, Song, Nasri, Denilson, Bendtner, Eduardo
*I hope Gallas gets sold
That team is a team of Champions.