What do Arsenal need this Summer to be title contenders by CJ
Arsenal are 18 points behind Man Utd and 5 points behind Man City, however both teams have a game in hand on us so the question is realistically how far, in footballing terms, we are behind Man Utd and Man City.
Last week’s game against Man Utd showed us that this current group of players under this current manager have the desire and the quality to compete with very best – but don’t have the required mentality that’s needed to win a major championship. United had nothing to play for and in that 1st half we absolutely dominated them. We were quicker to the ball, we were closing them down and were passing the ball quickly and accurately, but then Man Utd showed why they were champions and why we are not even contenders right now.
Man Utd showed (and that traitor showed) a clinical touch that wins you championships, and we made mistakes that you simply can’t make in big games. The domination mixed with conceding a penalty at the end of the half showed all the good and bad of Arsenal this season.
Today again against QPR we started off controlling the game, showing our quality and superiority on the pitch, then we backed off and gave the worst side in the division a chance to get at us, making what should have been an easy afternoon an uncomfortable one for players and fans.
Here is what I believe are our main issues, at the beginning of games we start by pressing high and winning the ball high. This allows us to dominate the game and take pressure off the back four, however gradually players begin to tire and suddenly we aren’t collectively closing down the opposition, our defence drops deeper and deeper and naturally the opposition gets a foothold in the game.
Our second problem is that the team seems unwilling to shoot from outside the box how many times have you seen the likes of Ramsey and Arteta have an opportunity to take a shot from just outside the 20 yard box – and have instead elected to pass just to have the move peter out. We need composed heads and clinical finishers coming from the midfield.
More to the point I believe that we have to challenge for top players this window. Players such as Falcao, Cavani and Lewandowski should not be out of our reach. Furthermore these players are exactly what we need; people who don’t like losing and who can guarantee you goals, even though its unlikely we will make a move for any of these players. Considering our global stature. Should it really be unrealistic?
Also we need stronger squad players, proven Premier League performers starting with, in goal, I would love to see the likes of Begovic or even Schwarzer. These are keepers who play every game and make important saves in important matches.
Then we need an experienced centre back, I think if we could pick up Phil Jagielka for 5-6 million, that would be a bargain, he is a proven defender and a leader; although he lacks pace he can organise the defence, and due to our other good centre backs he wouldn’t have to play every game and could stay fit. He also puts his body on the line for the cause. This is what we need if we are to win the big games.
Neven Subotic would be a good addition, he speaks great English so could easily settle in and has great height and physicality in the heart of the defence making him very ideal for premier league football.
In the midfield we are crying out for strong defensive midfielder, with Wanyama being the ideal target. With his height and power he is also ideal for defending and attacking set pieces.
Next I think someone like Gundogan from Dortmund would be a quality player for us, he is composed on the ball as he showed in both games against Madrid. He is still young and crucially he has won two Bundesliga title,s and is what we need at this club, winners and people who have experienced victory.
Someone like Diame could also improve the quality of the squad. So often we see with these Championship winning sides that it’s not the strongest 11 but the strongest 25 that wins. For 2-3 million could we really go wrong with purchasing Diame?
Finally I believe much rebuilding is required in the striking department. If you look at Man Utd they have Van Persie, Rooney, Welbeck and Hernandez. I would personally love to see Hernandez at the club as he is a proven striker who can score 20-25 goals per season and even though he doesn’t contribute much else what Arsenal have been crying out for is big goals in big games and this is what Hernandez does. I think 10-15 million would be a snip.
There have also been a lot of rumours about Loic Remy, Jovetic and Villa. I think all of these players would be great acquisitions. Remy would provide clinical finishing, Jovetic would provide much needed creativity and quality behind the striker as well as providing 10-15 goals. Finally David Villa has scored goals in the biggest games and is also used to playing our type of football. Recently he has looked a bit shaky but Arsenal could be the new challenge he so desperately needs?
I would love it if we could get Benteke. Young strong and hungry he would be a phenomenal signing and if we could get him, we would show our intent and spending power to other clubs. We should be a big European power again that attracts the best players.
However if we are to sign any of these players we need to clear out the dead wood in the side who are clogging up the wage bill, the fact that Bayern have a lower wage bill than us with all their talent is ridiculous. Even if at low transfer prices, players like Bendtner, Squillaci, Park Chu young, Djourou, Denilison and Gervinho should leave. I just don’t think that Gervinho has the potential to be a very good player in the Premiership. He is too inconsistent and time after time when we really need him he has not delivered.
I think we have a good foundation all across the field. Ramsey has come on leaps and bounds this seasons; Jack is back and Walcott has had a good season. With a top four finish and a few quality additions I think we can be right up there next season.
Come on you Arsenal!!