With the start of the season only a week away the question needs to be asked “Have we strengthened this summer or are we weaker?
4 Key players have gone this summer (Flamini, Hleb, Gilberto, Jens) and with only a few days till the competitive games start only 2 players have been signed (Ramsey, Nasri) Add to that the young talent of Wilshere and the return of Vela I don’t think our squad has improved enough over the summer to mount a challenge to the title this year.
The problems from last season have not been addressed.
Is Almunia good enough to be our number 1? At times last season it seemed like we would dominate the game and bombard the other team with 20 shots and not score, They go down the other end and have 1 shot on target and score. Apart from the spurs game were Almunia saved a pen I really cant remember him having a great game for us and winning us the points. And I always feel there is a mistake in him waiting to happen.
The main thing is that Toure and Gallas are probably too similar,they are very athletic and fast but their heading and positioning is’nt the best.They both are great at reacting to the second ball but its the first ball that needs to be dealt with more than anything.They both use their speed to get themselves out of a jam.
If you look at Man United’s CB pairing,Ferdinand is very good at positioning while Vidic is great at mopping up the second ball.Both at very good in the air and they seem to complement each other on the field.Toure and Gallas always seem to look uncertain as to who should be doing what,more often then not they are getting in each others way.
Surely Wenger must see this,of course Gallas and Toure are fine individually but together they just don’t work.I know that the 2 ajax goals were very well taking but we looked very poor at the back for most the game.Ajax were,nt pumping long balls up to 2 tall strikers which is supposedly Toure and Gallas’s weakness,they played their own game and I thought Saurez was getting the better of us every time he got the ball.
It is very unlikely that Wenger will bring in a new CB
It is very unlikely that Arsenal will win the league this season ( From King Puck Paddy )
Holding Midfield Player
With Flamini,Gilberto and Diarra ALL being allowed to leave, Wenger as not replace any ot them with a defensive midfield player. He has tried Diaby and Denilson both are good players and can cover for Cesc if he was missing but to pay next to Cesc in the disciplined role they cant, This is the key position on the pitch for Arsenal that will allow our flair player to express themselves. With a week to go till the start of the season wenger is still looking for the answer to this problem.
Since Pires and Ljungberg we have not seen Natural wide men who can chip in with 10-15 goals a season. Wenger continues to play Eboue at RW, A player who failed to score a single goal last season. We have signed Nasri to replace Hleb, But Nasri is not a goal scorer nor is he a left sided winger. We need a type of player like Ashley Young at Arsenal.
2008 2009 Predictions From Attila ( Forum member )
2 Man Utd
8 Man City
10 Aston Villa
13 West Ham
18 West Brom
Up the Arsenal, And have a great season
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