The chances of Arsenal actually claiming this season’s Premier League title, or even making a decent attempt at it and still being in with a chance towards the end, were already looking slim. Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board’s promises of big spending have been exposed once again and all the other clubs have been buying players, so once again we start badly with a makeshift defence shipping goals and the whole team looking anything but world beaters.
There have been many comments over the last few years that Arsenal simply don’t have any leaders on the pitch, someone who can take the game by the scruff of the neck and cajole the players into fighting for every ball when we go a goal down, a Tony Adams for example…
In football, using the tactic of working hard, pressing the opposition high and giving your all should really be a given on any occasion, but for Arsenal it feels as if it is a special tactic that Arsene Wenger and the players save for a rainy day and only bring it out every now and then, usually in a big game when the pressure is on.
Gooners are already excited about the upcoming campaign for several reasons. They know for a fact that the manager and squad are more determined than ever to bring the silverware back to the Emirates. Despite having a difficult end to last season, the manager is devising a strategy that will help them overcome the shortcomings observed in the previous season.
Ian Wright has claimed that if he was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he would be considering whether staying at Arsenal was best for his career.
The 24 year-old joined from Southampton back in 2011 in a reported £15 Million deal, and has been in-and-out of the first-team ever since.
The brilliant Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri has been considered to be just as good as the long term Arsenal target Thomas Lemar but with Monaco’s outrageous pricing he is available for a much cheaper price as his current release clause is set at just £36m. Tottenham have also been linked with the Ivorian international, but for Arsenal he must now be a priority target if the Lemar deal has become impossible to push through.
Arsenal brought in two very good players in Alexandre Lacazette and Saed Kolasinac, but according to the rumours every other player we have tried to buy has been overpriced by the selling club, including Thomas Lemar and Sayed Mahrez. According to Arsene Wenger that added “English tax” is just too much for the Gunners to pay, but he appears to be happy with the two that we did get.
So Arsenal are very midtable after just two games, and we have the usually daunting task of going to Anfield on Sunday, with still too many transfer uncertainties affecting the team. Of course the Ox and Ozil are a distraction but the biggest concern is the outcome of the Alexis Sanchez saga. He has not played in our first two matches, and after listening to Arsene Wenger’s words it would seem that the Chilean is unlikely to face Liverpool either. “We’ll see how he goes through the week but he has not played for a long time,” said Wenger.