“Arsenal don’t have any squad depth!”
That must be the reason why today it’s virtually impossible to pick a starting XI without leaving out one or two excellent players.
Mesut Özil and Theo Walcott made their comebacks recently, Aaron Ramsey did the same a bit earlier while, with perfect timing, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Francis Coquelin started to play the best football of their careers.
Olivier Giroud, who spent three months out with a broken foot, is scoring almost one goal per game and Alexis Sanchez is keeping his performances levels sky high. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can’t stop improving and Hector Bellerín and Calum Chambers are showing they can play for the Arsenal every week. Even between the posts we have real competition!
Don’t forget Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Débuchy and Mikel Arteta, while you are at it, and Gabriel, whose signing will keep Mertesacker and Koscielny on their toes for the remainder of the season.
“Arsenal are a one-man team!”
That’s why we have EIGHTEEN different goal scorers already this season, more than any other Premier League Club.
Of course, Alexis Sanchez is stealing the show but five out of our seven defenders scored already this season – that says a lot about our variety. We can score from set-pieces, we can score from corners (although not often enough), we can score from open play and we either score unstoppable solo goals or wonderful team goals.
Qui dit mieux?
How on Earth are we sitting fifth, behind Southampton and Manchester United? That’s killing me. We lost points at Leicester, Swansea and Stoke as well as at home to Hull City and even Tottenham and we’re still three points off third spot and thirteen off the top. After those results, we should be lying where Liverpool stands and planning for next season already – but we’re not too far from the top. Instead it means that our rivals are not immune to unexpected slips, as Chelsea proved by losing a comfortable eight point lead on Manchester City.
If we could stop giving away points so easily and gifting our rivals soft wins like we did to Manchester United at home and Southampton away…
I might be a deluded fan but I do believe our squad is level with City’s and Chelsea’s. We can score anytime going forward, we have a plethora of options to unlock any defensive line and we have players who can pop off the bench and win us games. Now that we rediscovered some real fighting spirit and collective effort when it’s down to defending, I really don’t see what we are lacking to challenge for the title. We have alternatives, we have spirit and we have hunger: we have everything to win it.
We are out of time, perhaps.
Apart from that, I don’t see why we shouldn’t win the league this year.
Thirty-something Italian, currently in Switzerland. Gooner since mid-ninties, when the Gunners defeated my hometown team, in Copenhagen. Twelve years ago I started my own blog (www.clockenditalia.com) after after some experiences with Italian websites and football magazines. Debate, don’t insult or you’re out.