Speculation is rife at the moment as to who maybe leaving as well if any additions are needed to our squad. There are countless rumours doing the rounds, but without actually berating our current players (for a moment) let’s look back at the final table for last season.
Interestingly, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all scored exactly the same amount of goals, that is 68, but when one looks at the goals conceded it is a completely different story.
Manchester United and Chelsea both conceded 24 goals, Liverpool 27 and Arsenal 37. So that in itself shows where the real problem lies.
One can argue that we must have had the worst season for injuries for many a year and at some stage at the latter part of the season, our entire first choice back four were missing.
All teams that aim to win the league, must first and foremost have a dogged defence with a physical presence, which I feel is one of the most important foundations that is missing. It has been apparent now for a couple of seasons and hopefully Mr.Wenger will address this problem, otherwise the top four could well become the top three.
Our Manager gets things right more often than not, but with the unrealistic transfer figures being met by clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City, it is harder now than perhaps 6 years ago to find the right player at a price that equates to our funds available and a player who really wants to play for The Arsenal at the going rate. I don’t envy our manager, but nevertheless lessons have to be learnt from last season, that our squad in not big enough and some of the youth players are being paid extortionate amounts based on a gamble that they will become regulars in the next three years or so.
We have to act now, hopefully RVP is extending his contract this week and that both Eduardo and even Rosicky make at least a reasonable contribution to the coming season.
Remember the players are not a year older when this season starts, just a couple of months at the very most.
I still believe that overall we did better than I thought we would do at around the turn of the year, but I truly believe this coming season is the most defining one for Arsene in his tenure at the club.