By 1970’s Gooner
Everyone is still criticising Arsenal for their defensive frailties.
They say that Mertesacker is slow and looks dodgy. That Santos is a kamikaze defender. That Jenkinson is too inexperienced. That Koscienly is error prone. That Szczesny is good but still a baby.
Yes all those criticisms have of course a basis of fact.
But even with those weaknesses so apparent we have managed to win eight of our last ten games! We are top of our CL group and almost certain to qualify. We now lie seventh in the Premier League only a few points off the CL places.
And we turned Chelsea over away handing them five of the best.
So can you imagine what a tremendous team we will be when two things happen:
Firstly when we begin to correct those weaknesses.
When Mertesacker gets used to his team mates and the PL.
When Santos learns to restrict his attacking instincts.
When Koscienly, as he has already shown lately, begins to show his real quality.
When Jenkinson gets better the more he games he gets (and against Marseille he looked more accomplished to me).
And secondly when our top players return to first team duty:
When Vermaelen, as he has shown against Marseille, adds more quality and more solidity to our defense.
When Sagna returns. When Gibbs returns.
But more importantly when Wilshere returns to add more creativity in midfield.
Sagna Metersacker/(Koscienly) Vermaelen Gibbs
Ramsey/(Arteta) Song Wilshere
Walcott RVP Gervinho
We could even be challenging for top honours this season with this team.