Grading Arsenal Squad – Can They Compete?

By on September 3, 2011

Ah, the transfer window. It’s a time when all clubs in Europe are rumored to be linked with dozens of players and supporters feel they’ve already won the league if their club can make that big money signing. It’s been a time of year recently where Arsenal have not been too incredibly active, leaving supporters wondering why Arsene Wenger didn’t open the checkbook. The Gunners have been reluctant in recent years to add too much to the squad because, as the boss says, they only look to bring in “super quality.”

Well, that has all changed this summer. In total, the Gunners made 29 moves (in and out) between June 1st and August 31st. The Gunners suffered through another trophyless year in 2010-11 (their sixth straight). Quite frankly, it was time for some of those “super quality” changes.

On the morning of February 27th last year it seemed Arsenal had a legitimate shot at four trophies; the Gunners ended up fourth in the Premier League and without silverware. Injuries, lack of depth and defense woes haunted Arsenal from March through May. After this summer’s dealings, are Arsenal ready to contend for silverware now, or are the Gunners still the fourth best team in England?

Are the Goalkeeping Problems Sorted?

 

Goalkeepers: Manuel Almunia, Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone

If I’m comparing my emotions regarding the goalkeeping situation to this time last year, I have to feel like it’s a serious improvement. The strange part about that is Arsenal hasn’t added a goalkeeper during that time. Rather, it’s been the emergence of Szczesny that allows me to look at this position as a potential strength.

Szczesny has proven over the last few months of last season and the beginning of this campaign that he has the make-up to be a top goalkeeper in the Premier League. He’s certainly confident and has shown he is not prone to mental errors (let’s call him the anti-Almunia).

Fabianski also improved over the course of last season, no longer always playing the role of “Flappy-hand-ski.” If he can continue his improvement, Arsenal will have two capable keepers in the squad, pushing each other for playing time and to improve.

With Szczesny in goal and Fabianski as his back-up, the most important fact is that the likelyhood of ever seeing Almunia in goal again for Arsenal is very slim.

Goalkeeping Grade: B –

 

If Szczesny stay consistent, this grade can improve. Fabianski is a capable back-up. I expect at some point Mannone will go out on loan again this year.

Will Defending be the Downfall?

 

Defenders: Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Andre Santos, Sebastien Squillaci, Johan Djourou, Carl Jenksinson, Kieran Gibbs, and Ignasi Miquel

There will be few people who won’t agree that defensive issues were the undoing of the Gunners last term. The backline was crying out for reinforcement. With first-choice left-back Gael Clichy off to Manchester City, and the center of defense already having issues, signing new defenders was a must over the summer.

Kieran Gibbs, though talented, has not been able to prove that he can stay in the lineup for any extended period of time. Gibbs is too injury prone to be relied on as the first-choice left-back. Santos provides durability and experience in defense.

Santos is a large improvement over Gael Clichy going forward. Clichy scored just two goals in his Arsenal career, while Santos averaged one goal every five games for Fenerbahce (10 goals in 52 games).

Though Santos is known for his attacking style, he is still solid at the back. Let’s be honest. He can’t possibly have as many mental lapses as Clichy. Or for that matter, play as many players onside when the rest of the line has moved up. Therefore, this is an overall upgrade to me. I always liked Clichy, but it was time for him to move on. Santos provides an experienced alternative. 

With the signing of Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny is likely to move to the bench, as Mertesacker should partner Vermaelen when both are available for selection. The German’s size will compliment the athleticism of Vermaelen. Mertesacker will finally be the answer to the long standing Arsenal problem of giving up goals from headers on set pieces.  

Arsenal still have to take a look at their defensive tactics. Adding quality players was step one. But if Arsenal continues to play their defensive line as high as they do, they will still be beaten over the top for scoring chances. When you keep your line that high, one mistake can lead to a 1-0 loss.

Defensive Grade: B

 

The defending will be much improved over last year, provided that the new first choice back four of Sagna-Vermaelen-Mertesacker-Santos can stay healthy. Koscielny will still be vital, as he will be the main coverage for Vermaelen and Mertesacker.

Midfield Shake-Up

 

Midfielders: Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Song, Jack Wilshere, Andrey Arshavin, Emmanuel Frimpong, Craig Eastmond, Yossi Benayoun and Francus Coquelin

Looking at the midfield this season, obviously there are glaring omissions: Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. I won’t go into a tirade about Samir Nasri leaving for money or a depressing story of how I will miss Cesc Fabregas. That’s been done enough. We need to move on.

The question is: did Arsene Wenger do enough to replace those players? In the case of Fabregas, if I’m honest, there really was no player the boss could have brought him to replace him. Fabregas is that good. Nasri on the other hand is very much replaceable. During his Arsenal stint, he was really only in excellent form for about six months.

Arteta is a playmaker whose skills should fit nicely into the Arsenal system. Some questioned his ability, citing his lack of assists as a playmaking midfielder, but you have to remember he played at Everton. He was passing the ball to Jermaine Beckford.

I envision a midfield of Song, Wilshere and Arteta when all are available for selection. In my mind, Arteta will remain deeper in midfield and distribute from there and Wilshere will be the one pushing forward the most. This will take advantage of the strong points of both players. Arteta’s signing will allow Wilshere to become the offensive midfielder he is destined to be. Wilshere will step out of Fabregas’ shadow and become the face of Arsenal.

Midfield Grade: B –

 

I worry that Wilshere will be out of the lineup for an extended period of time with his Achilles injury (remember Vermaelen?). Ramsey will more than likely replace Wilshere in the line-up while he recovers. Ramsey needs to step up, as he has been basically non-existent so far this season. This is the year Ramsey needs to show why Arsene Wenger brought him in. The other question is whether or not Arteta will create enough scoring chances to make up for the loss of Fabregas. I have my doubts about that, but he will still be a key contributor.

FORWARD

 

Forwards: Park Chu-Young, Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh, and Ryo Myiaichi

Scoring goals has never been the problem under Wenger, and it shouldn’t be this campaign. New captain Van Persie has scored two goals in his first four games this season, picking up his fantastic scoring record from last season. Walcott has also been scoring so far this year, with three goals. Walcott has also been able to actually survive an entire month without picking up an injury.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s purchase is based on the vast potential of the young wing player. He joins Myiaichi as teenage wing players who need to gain experience before they will be major contributors to the side. The question I do have with Oxlade-Chamberlain, is why are Arsenal buying “the new Theo Walcott” when Walcott himself has not yet become what is expected of him?

Then again, who am I to question Arsene Wenger, he did buy Cesc Fabregas at age 16. In the case of Park, if you were to rely on the fans initial reaction to his signing, you’d be disappointed. I chalk that up to most people never seeing Park play and that anytime a player is signed for less than £10 million anymore, fans believe quality is lacking (Robin Van Persie was less than £3 million people).

I have to remind everyone that there have been many players Arsene Wenger has brought in with names that they had not heard of that became great assets to Arsenal. Though he is hated now, Emmanuel Adebayor comes to mind. He didn’t cost much when he came from France, and be honest, you didn’t know who he was.

Well what he became was a 30 goal scorer and a major profit for Arsenal upon his sale.  If you do know Park’s name, you may remember his free kick goal in last summer’s World Cup against Nigeria. He is adept at free kicks, which is a skill desperately needed at Arsenal (can you remember the last time an Arsenal player scored from a free kick?).

Forward Grade: A –

 

If the midfield can play up to its potential, the forwards in the squad will have no problem scoring.

Can Arsenal Compete?

 

With the window closing, we now know what Arsenal’s squad will look like, at least until January. If everyone is available for selection, I imagine the Gunners lineup will be:

  • GK: Szczesny
  • LB: Santos
  • CB: Mertesacker
  • CB: Vermaelen
  • RB: Sagna
  • MF: Song
  • MF: Wilshere
  • MF: Arteta
  • FW: Gervinho
  • FW: Van Persie
  • FW: Park

I feel a lot better about this lineup than the one that took the field against Manchester United. The squad now has some depth, and the major issues with it were at least addressed by Mr. Wenger (defender, creative midfielder and left-back). This squad can challenge for a trophy, and will certainly by in the running to secure another year of Champion’s League football. A week ago, I don’t think I would have said that.

Can Arsenal compete? Yes. However, I reluctantly have to admit that despite the great acquisitions made on deadline day, Arsenal still may be the fourth best team in England.

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38 Comments

  1. bigdave

    September 3, 2011 at 9:51 am

    The main problem with the defence is our flawed style of play and lack of coaching and direction from the manager

    Overall the squad is not bad but is not that great if we player very well we can finish 4th…… but if we do not get our act together it will be 5th or below

    If you look at the backup players most are very mediocre or still very young… so if we do have any injuries we will struggle

    • melga

      September 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      Who is exactly going to beat us to 4th? There isn’t a team out there who looks that strong. Tottenham? I don’t think they are anywhere near good enough. They are sitting at the bottom of the table right now.

      If we have an average season, we should easily finish 4th, with United, City and Liverpool above us. If we do well, we can finish 3rd. If the team really shines (which is a possibility given that we haven’t seen them play), we can even challenge for trophies.

      We should have more cover for injuries because our squad has more depth. However, with the loss of Fabregas and Nasri, our starting 11 is weaker so we won’t beat the top teams this season.

      • Omkar

        September 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm

        u consider liverpool and not chelsea?? seriously? if liverpool can be better den us, chelsea also has a chance. and u considered totenham!! :O

        • melga

          September 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm

          oh yeah. fair point. totally forgot about them

      • seyo

        September 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm

        wat abt chelsea arsenals 5th

  2. kevomf

    September 3, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Hi, you forgot to mention Yossi Benayoun – personally i see him being used as the utility man of the team like Eboue (but he definitely won’t play RB). He possess more quality and flair, he can be used on the wings or central midfield

  3. Philbet

    September 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

    BigDave you and I can go and follow man City, I told my mate down the pub after a few beers,If wenger does not sign two £30million players and make us win the trebel this year I am ditching supporting Chelsea and Arsenal and taking my alliegiance off to Manchester,with City first and United as a back up, I like to support a club which spends its cash and wins lots,I supported Spurs back in the fifties as well, changing clubs is so easy, see you in Manchester ,Goood luck.

    • mich johnston

      September 3, 2011 at 10:26 am

      TWAT

    • head

      September 3, 2011 at 10:36 am

      Face the facts mate- you have never supported a club. You’ve supported the idea of success, and that’s fine; but don’t put us loyal club supporters down by grouping yourself with us.

    • lee

      September 3, 2011 at 10:44 am

      what kinda person like to switch teams to support the winning team, this is laughable. does this mean you also support spain at the momment but maybe that will change to. you should stop watching football and try net ball. only kids change the team they support you mug.

    • Mate

      September 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Ummm guys…I detect a bit of sarcasm there…

    • Arsenal1Again

      September 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      lol Philbert. It’s true, there’s lots of BigDave’s found on these blogs.

    • dan

      September 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      sounds like a fag u bandwagon supporter type. you obviously have no heart or launder money for a living.

  4. adrian

    September 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

    The failiure to sort out the departures of nasri and fabregas early in the transfer period left arsene scrambling around for replacements late on. He was not helped by his primary targets not being available just yet. As arsenal cannot directly compete with the new monied trio at the top, some compromises have been made. Dont forget though at reserve level some promising players are on their way through.

  5. zygote314

    September 3, 2011 at 10:20 am

    With the exception of Arsenal’s goalkeeping, I fully agree with this analysis.

    Come on, let’s be honest: Sczcesny is only slightly less crap than Almunia. His pathetic performance at Old Trafford would demonstrate clearly showed that he might make a decent Championship league keeper, but certainly not a starter for a top EPL team. Why we ever let Lehman go, I’ll never know.

    • nahmean

      September 3, 2011 at 10:42 am

      You’re either trolling, brain-damaged or both.

    • CW2011

      September 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      BIG FOOL….sorry BIGGEST FOOL. So keepers have to now be super heros. if that was almunia it would have been 18-2. Please mugs like u should support anoda team since u can not even see anything good about the team. Idiot.

    • Beylord

      September 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      Sczcesny or Djourou?..Goalkeeper is not our problem..The Problem is just for the name of ‘Djourou’..Hope u can watch the replay..

      Sometimes,the best goalkeeper also cannot save a freekick goal..

      >

  6. kabeer1

    September 3, 2011 at 10:25 am

    hmm… Rvp, park, u guy should av jst reserve ur goals. By scoring 1,1 its stil a win. So u will cum nd star doz goals 4d fanz on 10th epl swansea if possible 7-0 to please us. Gr8 job aniway 4ur countriez G4lyf.

  7. adrian

    September 3, 2011 at 10:40 am

    kabeer i didnt undrstand a word u just said.

    • Tom

      September 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Lol neither do I

  8. weymouth1963

    September 3, 2011 at 11:15 am

    i feel we have a team to challanage an win a cup that will be a improvement from last season.

  9. shir

    September 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    definately they will compete with the likes of arteta,bena,chu,dos,gerv,frip,van,vam,song,wilsh,walc,scezn,sagn,ak47,ram and all in all the gladiator MERTASACKER.
    Y epl not in the house this season?wenger to blame.

  10. james

    September 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    As huge a loss as Fabregas is divide his brilliance by two because in reality with the pace of the EPL and his hamstrings we could only expect to have him out there half the time, not to say that I wouldn’t want him back in a heartbeat just bear in mind we didn’t have him or rvp and vermaelen for much of the season. A good run with injuries and some consistancy in our back 4 will play a majoy part in where we finish this year.

  11. Steve of Chiang Mai

    September 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Given that Vermaulen, Fabregas and Nasri were absent (the later 2 mentally) during the time we sank after the Carling Cup final I think we can compete.

    Everyone talks about Fabregas and Nasri being hard to replace but based on their performances in the last 3 months of the year – tho Fabregas was injured and struggled with his mysterious hamstring that seems to have responded well to the Barcelona air – but I think on their last 3-4 months they would be a snap to replace. Gervinho has shown more promise than Nasri already and seems to want to work with his team mates as opposed to Nasri who just wanted to showcase his dribbling.

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  13. Keith

    September 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    With the additions of Arteta Mertsacker and Young the squad is stronger than last year. As fir the first team losing Cesc has weakened it however Arteta is a very good replacement and Gervunho is certainly better than 1 good half seaon money grabbing Nasri. So I am hope full of a good session injuries permitting

  14. Arsenal1Again

    September 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Arteta can contribute as much to the team as what Fabregas did. Firstly Arteta has been injured less than Fabregas for the past 3 seasons and secondly, the team can now play like it should be. For too long now it has be held back from having been built around ONE player.

    Ramsey and Wilshere are also playmakers. So is Rosicky.

    You haven’t mentioned the emergence of Frimpong. He is fast proving to be better than Song and probably will be when he gets a little more experience – and a little more is all that’s needed.

    Chamberlain is ALREADY as good as what Walcott was SUPPOSED to be like by now. Walcott’s position in the team is very seriously under threat from both Miyaichi and Chamberlain – especially with the time out he usually has because of injuries.

    You have got it right completely about the high line played by the defence. Mertesacker definitely can’t play that high line and be a decent defender. He’s waaaaaay too slow.

  15. Long Island Gunner

    September 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    First – all respects to Gossard for a thought provoking piece. I’ll say right up front – I am FAR more enthusiastic about our side challenging for hardware on 3 – 4 fronts than the rest of the commenters here.

    My frame of reference would be the other premier sides rather than an aribtrary “grade”.

    Goalkeeping – Szczesny; which EPL teams have a keeper that is so much better than our guy? Does only Czech and Reina get a grade A? You can’t be talking De Gea? And I know we’re all “english tainted” but Joe Hart – really 2 or 3 grades better than our guy?

    Back 4 – same question? I rate Sagna and TV 5 as among the top tier in the EPL. Mertesacker – his pedigree is at that level for sure, time will tell. And Santos – who else has a starting left back for a national team in the top 4 rankings in the world (ok Cole, but England moving up in the FIFA rankings is a bit strange at this point). I also rate Koscelny VERY high after a year to adapt. On the “con” side, I too will be worried (of late) if we have Djourou, Gibbs, Miguel, Jenkinson getting starting spots against the top 5 or 6 teams. That said, if we stay at least as healthy with TV 5 and Mert as do Manu with Rio and Chelsea with Terry, I struggle to see much daylight given what we have in front of us right now.

    Full stop – Confident, experienced Szczesny, Healthy TV5, Mertesaker in games with Stoke, Bolton, Sunderland, etc. – I rate 6 – 10 points over last season’s performance right there.

    Midfield – there is no replacing the “roster” spot of Fab – no doubt. That said, that roster spot was available to the side in the fully fit form of Fab for less than 60% of our EPL matches over the past 2 years. Goetze – absolutely. Mata – absolutely. But bringing Song (23 yrs), Wilshere (19 yrs) and Ramsey (20 yrs) along for the next 2 years with an experienced player like Arteta (hopefully less injured than Fab) makes so much sense. And he is a “hand-in-glove” fit for the Arsenal / Barca light style of football that we want to / must play if we are true to our DNA. Top 5 in the EPL in creating “scoring chances” if you can believe the stats keepers, I think a healthy and on form Arteta plays furthest up the pitch with Jack ‘in between” and one of the top 3 holding midfielders in the EPL – a Mr. Song – playing in front of Mert and TV5. Add Yossi, Ramsey and Frimpong to the supporting mids cast and talk to me in January and let’s see what midfield is doing 4 – 5 “grades” better than our guys (does anyone get an A+?).

    Strikers – RVP is pure class and in the first tier of strikers (injury experience, must, of course be considered). He is on a good healthy roll of staying fit right now and the ability to bring in CY Park (and pray Chamakh gets back to last October’s form) is a definite plus from last year. Gervinho to me is a nick off of what we saw in the early years with Henry and I believe will terrorize EPL right backs every week. The wildcard for me is Theo – will he take responsibility and inject himself into games where the service is not as good as he’d like and the defending is more focused on him than he wants – can he “influence matches” – week after week. We’ve all been expecting it for over a year now, so he steps up or Wenger puts on Miyachi, Park, Rosicky etc. Good competition for places up top all round can only mean a potent attack. That all said – our season really does rest on the ankles / knees of one RVP so I would agree with the grade but rate us in the top 4 behind Man U, Citeh and Chelsea with Liverpool and Tiny Tots at or shading less than our side.

    So – taken together as a unit – and keeping aside some of the very exciting young attacking players waiting in the wings – exactly why are people thinking we will need to struggle into a 4th place spot in the league?

    Stir in some desperately needed “leadership” from a healthy TV5, Arteta, Merte and we may get the chemistry thing for our reasonably young side in place as well.

  16. Long Island Gunner

    September 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    On the high line and “too slow” defenders for those of you of a certain age.

    Let’s leave aside the tactical part of why the “high line” is deployed by many teams that want more of the ball more of the time.

    The smartest coaches I know talk about the high line has less to do about speed of the back 4 than about immediate pressure on the ball in front of the back 4 AND the ability of the back 4 to step up or step back in anticipation of the next ball played. The anticipation “skillset” may be more important in this approach than pure speed at the highest levels of the game.

    For those that can remember a certain Bayern Munich and Germany captain almost inventing the “libero” position at the back of both of those teams, kaiser Franz was athletically slow as shit, but blazingly fast of thought.

    What made him so very effective was he saw the pass “over the top” or through the gap or ….. He saw it before / as it was happening and was always – Always! – one step ahead of opponents before they started using whatever speed advantage they might have.

    He also had a near perfect partnership with Sepp Maier that allowed FB to play in an unconventional manner (at the time) as Maier was far more “active” behind him than was traditionally the case for keepers of the time.

    Franz B. brought that approach to the NY Cosmos – briefly before becoming a midfielder in front of Carlos Alberto (another “slow” central defender) – and brought in Hubert Birkenmier as GK to permit the “approach” to flourish once more in the US.

    I would not be too worried about Merte’s speed in a high line defense construct, especially next to TV5 – assuming they get the tactical parts of the defensive approach right.

  17. Mufaddal Najjar

    September 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    why isnt walcott in the “imagined” starting line up instead of park??. we only need 3 more signings to be as strong as Man Utd..
    1) one more central defender like GARY CAHILL, cuz when the first choice defenders get injured we cant use kosceilny every now and then, premier league is so tough tht it doesnt give a chance even for one game, one loss can cost title slip, we can keep the extra deffender easily happy as we have to many matches to play of which wenger always complains ! on the other side he says if we buy all these players we cant keep them happy how will they play!
    2) A creative midfeild player like YOHAN GOURCUFF. no need to buy eden hazard we have had enough of this non experienced crap!.. if he doesnt perform up to the expectation wenger will say the squad is young and still growing up! Gourcuff is the perfect blend of experience and youth. we cant even rely on ramsey as a substitute or a backup in the EPL! may be in FA cups and Carling cup, but EPL is just not the stage for him yet, arteta, gourcuff, song, diaby, arshavin, rocisky, benayoun, wilshere will be a competitive squad for midfeild and frimpong could be used as good backup.
    3) A world class striker ! beside van persie theres no striker in Arsenal who the opponents would even bother to man mark tightly, thats y we need one more deadly striker like BENZEMA! to take off the burden from van persie’s shoulders. bezema has sharpness in finishing, headers, freekicks, speed, dribbling, he’s just the thing arsenal wants to take their attack to the level EPL demands to win its trophy!
    If we add these players we are as good as MAN utd. but to win the league we still need a LEHMANN, VAN DER SAAR, CECH, or PEPE REINA.

  18. Steve Doha

    September 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Win home and away against minimum of ten of the lower table teams=60 points and pick up 15 out of possible 30 in the top6 mini league..plus any other 10-15 points from the remaiing 24 possible points…and we win the league..just math life ain’t math though.

    However, we don’t necessarily have to win all games against the top 6 teams just make sure we don’t scr@w up with the lower teams…it’s 38games=114 points 80 points won it last year 85 points wins it on the avaerage. meaning all teams will stilldrop a minimum of 29 points thereabout. we’ve dropped 8 we don’t want to drop more silly points.

    All in all still too early to be talking about where teams would finish come back in december. Bad officiatiing, luck and injuries have their big say too

  19. wokus

    September 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I think this is the turning point we all have being waiting for, we now have a team that can challenge for trophy no duobt about it.We all should know that in EPL this will be one of it kind, most contending season ever for everyone,clud and team, NO big thing anymore. success ARSENAL to top four team that what we pray.

  20. gtsuseb

    September 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    What mediocre? We are more capable to win the league. Remember we had TV5 out on injury for more than 30 games, Cesc for more than 15 games and Nasri for more than 10 games last year. Besides there were obvious issues like defending set pieces. Having only TV5+Per is a huge improvement and Santos seems like a find.

    I always rate Arshavin highly and younsters like Frimpong Miyachi, Oxclade are very interesting. Overall the work rate is going to be much higher. I guess we are going to surprise a lot of people.

    I will not be surprised if we are crowned EPL champions 2011/12.

  21. conigs

    September 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I only disagree with Park starting over Walcott. Walcott has been involved with scoring or assisting nearly every game we have played. This is his year to step up to the next level. The great news about all of this is that we will still likely have Cahill and Hazard in January. Cahill wants us or Liverpool, not Tot. Hazard is the same and from some sources was very close to coming the last hour but Lille could not find a replacement in that short of time. Wenger offered 28k and Lille was happy with it.

  22. Zare Walcott

    September 4, 2011 at 11:07 am

    What you all guyz have said is true, but comparing this Arsenal with that of the last 2years, this is the best to give us result we have been waiting for. I have no doubt in our goalkeeping only my problem have been in the defense but now it’s like it has been sorted out. Now we hand over the responsibilities to our soldiers to fight hard to regain back our glory……blessed season the Gunners…gunners for life..no matter what!

    • JACK WENGER

      September 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      Hi all, for me, i think, our forward is not enough compare to man u, city, chelsea. rvp n walcott scored. but it is still not enough. if we hv given the opportunities like man u, will we b able to score 8? i thought, current 4-5-1 (all saying 4-3-3) is not working good enough to score goals. as we all seen last couple of years that we hold the ball very well but playing in front of the box and can’t create the good chance for up alone striker. now cesc has left, i m worry, if we keep playing this style, whether both arteta or welsher or ramsey can do that? as walcott n gervinho will still play a bit wide.. just saying.

  23. jack

    September 5, 2011 at 9:09 am

    hmm ya ya i tink wez cand win dez premir L mybz this reason i thnk weez gdd to wennz the leage cum on guys

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