Why are Arsenal fans so positive? By Galen
The summer has all been about Arsenal becoming title challengers with our players and fans believing this could be our season. I feel pretty confident too, but may be not as confident as everyone else. In the last couple of weeks fans have disagreed about transfers, with some arguing that it is very difficult to improve Arsenal. You hear people say how can we improve the team or get players better than the players at Arsenal?
I know its difficult to improve Barcelona or Madrid or Bayern. yet these big clubs still expand their squads. Arsenal are not in that category, so people saying its hard to improve Arsenal must be clowns. Without being biased I would like us to compare Arsenal vs Chelsea position by position in a 4-2-3-1.
Goalkeeper. Courtois vs Cech. Firstly these two keepers are built for the league. Compared to Ospina they are both giants. 6ft 7in and 6ft 5in respectively. They are very strong in the air and are capable of making the goal look so small. I personally think its a 50/50 battle, but with Courtois playing most of the games last season he edges it out slightly. He is younger as well so that gives him a slight edge. How Mourinho was thinking of ever keeping these two happy remains a mystery.
Right back. Ivanovic vs Bellerin or Debuchy. No need talking too much here. Ivanovic is better than both of them combined.
Left back. Azpilicueta vs Nacho and Gibbs. Azpilicueta is a strange case. he is a RB by trade and he plays leftback as if he was born to play there. Nacho will give him a good run for his money, but Azpilicueta edges it out.
Center back. Terry vs Per. Terry is worldclass and Mertesacker isn’t. No need talking more on this.
Center back Boss vs Cahill. Boss is one of the top 3 CB in the league in my opinion. Cahill has improved so much since he joined Chelsea but I just think the Boss edges this out.
Defensive Mid. Matic vs Coq. Coquelin showed a lot of class when given his opportunity. But I also think Arsenal desperately needed a DM so much so that even an average Flamini looked decent playing as a DM. We need to watch Le Coq handle a full season of English football before we start comparing him to Vieira. At the moment Matic is better than Coquelin.
CM/B2B . Cazorla/Rambo vs Ramires/Mikel. I think we have an array of talents at the deeplying play maker and CM positions with Jack, Ramsey and Cazorla. Cazorla is a special football player and I will never understand how we only paid £15m for him. I think Cazorla takes that spot.
AM/No10 Cesc vs Ozil. Many Arsenal fans will argue about this one but not me. Cesc is clearly better than Ozil. That is just my opinion. Some of the football Fabregas played when he was at Arsenal was just out of this planet. Ozil has not shown anything near what Cesc used to do for Arsenal. Cesc had 18 assists last season and he was the best midfielder in the country. Things may change this year with Ozil having a full pre season. But for now Cesc is on a different planet.
Left wing. Hazard Hazard Hazard. He is a big game player. look at how he sliced through our defence last season. Hazard is a hazard.
Right wing. Sanchez Sanchez Sanchez. Just like with Hazard he is world-class and there is no need explaining why he is ahead of Willian.
Striker. Costa vs Giroud? Should we even talk about this? Last season was Giroud best season in 3 years in England and Costa was still better than him in his first season in English football. Why am I even typing ……..
That is 3 Arsenal players compared to 8 Chelsea players. The only position I wasn’t too sure about was keeper with Cech and Courtois. Mr Wenger said team chemistry is very important. I hope the fact that our team is settled and our players have played together for a long time helps us achieve our objectives this season. But we desperately need at least 2 new players.
I don’t just buy the idea that we can only improve Arsenal if a world class player becomes available. We need to go out there and force the issue. Instead of just waiting for a world class player to come out of space. How many of our players will get into the teams of the other top European clubs? Even the great Barcelona still paid 40million Euros for Arda Turan. Bayern paid 40 million Euros for Vidal when they had Javi, Martinez, Thiago and Xabi Alonso all fighting for that position. I am positive about a title challenge from Arsenal this season. But am also not as deluded as most fans out there. We are a long way from Invincible.
May be we need a good beating tomorrow to bring us back to earth. If we beat Chelsea tomorrow then is good bye to new signings. We will start talking about how good we are and how we shall win the league. Remember last season after we beat Man city at Wembley. We came back to earth when the season started with a series of weak performances.
have a great weekend people.
By Galen Sona