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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Arsenal's squad needs six new players

By 1970's Gooner

Lets start with the goalkeepers.

Fabiansky will not stick around to play the understudy to Szczesny. He will be off even if he plays in the Cup Final. There is no number 3 at the moment. It was a mistake to let Mannone go. He would have been a perfect number 2. Now Wenger has to buy a strong and secure new goalkeeper who may be in his twilight years but good enough to start in the PL.

Right back

Sagna will go but his departure means that we will also need another centre back. You can't stay with only 3 centre backs. Ideally the new right back could play at centre back but there are not many that could do that.

I hope that Wenger stops his stingy approach and buys a right back of top quality rather than promote Jenkinson who needs more time.

Central midfield

We need a new strong and authoritative holding midfielder. Arteta has failed in the big games. He is only good enough when we play the smaller teams who try and park the bus thus allowing us more space and time on the ball.

Wide midfielders

I consider Walcott and the Ox good enough for providing pace and widening the pitch. But recent experience has shown that both have been out injured at the same time. Walcott's injury for me sounded the end of Arsenal's challenge. We need another pacy winger if we are going to be serious challengers next season.

Center forward

Giroud has been much improved this season but he has been overplayed and his form has dipped. You can not rely on one centre forward. Wenger needs to splash the cash in this the most important position in football.

It goes without saying that the rest of the squad has to stay put. We can't afford to have more players leaving again this season.

So we do need a goalkeeper, right back, centre back, central defensive midfielder, a winger and a centre forward. Three first team players and three back ups. This a major overhaul but what a squad it will be.

But let's win the FA Cup first!


Anonymous said...

OK, first of all - why would Mannone and fabianski want to stay? They´re both too good GKs to be willing to be back up for Szczesney.
I hope Sagna stays as he is an excellent RB and very competent CB as well.
Depending on who leaves, we need a world class striker and a holding MF who Arteta/Flamini can back up. I´d rather get 2 world class players than 4-5 Premier League class players.

Anonymous said...

I see a big,strong,fast nd authoritative player in marco anortovic if my spelling is correct. He is big stong nd flexible. Another player I see is wiifred bony, one of the most outstanding players of this season in the EPL with a good body balance nd footwork to trick a strong defence. As for anortovic, he can be converted into a defencive midfielder as he is vercetile in midfield.