What are the key areas that need improving with Arsenal? by GN
Many of you people have recently being going crazy with the current situation of which Arsenal find themselves in; it is depressing us all! But what are the issues with this Arsenal squad that started the season in a good run of form? That was solid defensively?
When your confidence is low, you do not believe in your abilities, no matter how good you are, and how highly you are thought of. We have seen how confidence affects your ability with Arshavin last season, along with Chamakh. Both when signing the contract to become an Arsenal player, started off so well! Chamakh was looking a lethal finisher with skill and flair, and Arshavin was just the player we needed to help us really go all the way and compete for trophies, when he arrived for around 12-15 million pounds in the winter window a few years back. He started off really well; scoring those famous 4 goals against Liverpool, and being a lively creative force for us. However, being played out of position on the wing, Arshavin began to lose form, which led to him losing confidence in his abilities, and the simple minded Arsenal ‘fans’ could not wait to jump on his back, which would only have harmed him more.
Now Chamakh. We got him for a free transfer, and everyone thought of him as the perfect strike partner for RVP and a replacement of height and aerial presence to Adebayor. All started well for Chamakh, he scored around 14 Goals from the start of the season to December/January. He was doing great, only for something to strike him down. That man was RVP. RVP returned from injury and was placed back in the squad, and let’s be honest… he played great. This pushed Chamakh out the team with Wenger’s preferred use of one striker and then wingers. Chamakh was distraught. His confidence being eaten away by RVP. When Chamakh entered the field of play as a substitute, or the rare start; he lost his flair and did not seem as deadly in-front of goal as when he first joined the squad. This then lead to a large level of criticism being thrown at Chamakh, which again, would not have done him any favours. We know he has the talent, he just needs to re-capture it. I hope he does.
Need I say more? Our players need to show passion out there and play there heart out for the team, even when the going gets tough. With passion, we win… When we are winning, we gain confidence… With confidence high, we will be un-stoppable! If our players get more passion (Like was shown in the last 20 minutes against Fulham and at the start of the season) we will push up the table!
Okay. Do not get me wrong, we have a great bunch of players, who when all fit can beat anyone. But that is the issue. Only when ALL of our players are fit, can we challenge for titles. So that brings me to the next area of which I feel improvement is needed, and that is adding some depth to the squad. However, we need to be realistic with who we suggest (Even though we can only pray for a surprise!) I have my own suggestions of what I feel we need. A new Striker/Winger even if Walcott does not leave. We need to get some people rested up-front to keep them sharp. A New CDM (Holding Midfielder) Arteta lacks the strength to play in front of the back four, and would exceed more, in a more attacking role. A new left back who CAN DEFEND as back up to Gibbs as Santos is really not up to scratch, and rumour has it that he is off in January. Maybe a new goalkeeper? However I feel our current crop are fine currently.
I am 16 years old and this is my first attempt at an article, so give your thoughts in the comments below!