Things could be looking up! By SB
Arsenal are once again a team. The performance against Stoke showed real cameradery, heart and pride for the mighty cannon. The boys looked like they were willing to fight for each other until the very death, which is what they achieved.
For the first time in a long time, when we scored the whole team joined in for the celebration, although it came with a slice of luck, they knew they thoroughly deserved it. It reminded me of the invincible days when we would score the whole team joined in on the huddle of glory. It brings a tear to a Gooners eye.
Witnessing this made me think about who of those players will be there for next season. I believe possibly Sagna will head out as he looks like the most uninterested player out of the starting XI from the Stoke game.
But when you look on the squad as whole, you can’t see anyone leaving except (hopefully) the deadwood and Sagna. It can only get better from here fellow Gooners. By allowing the team to continue to gel, the understanding of the players will improve, they will want to fight for one another and prove that they can actually win something.
Our prospects for next season I believe are huge. This could be our best chance in a few years to compete with the scum from Manchester.
There is a big ‘IF’ however. Many people have said and I feel the same way, that we are 4-5 players short of becoming champions. Key areas which we must improve for us to have a shot are:
GK – Szczesny too inconsistent, only quality at penalties and shots that are directly at him. (possible acquisitions: Julio Cesar, Iker Casillas, Asmir Begovic, Ali Al-Habsi, Rui Patricio, Stephane Ruffier)
CB – the current 3 are too inconsistent, needs more stability. (possible acquisition: Mats Hummels, Adil Rami, Etienne Capoue (also CDM))
CDM – We lack a holding midfield boss, the role Viera and Song played. (Possible acquisitions: Mo Diame, Victor Wanyama, Papa Diop, Kevin Strootman)
Forward: We lack depth and ruthlessness in front of goal, a proven forward would make other forwards play to their potential as no one wants to be benched. (potential acquisitions: Stefan Jovetic, David Villa, Jesus Navas, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang)
I believe Jenkinson deserves to have first crack at Sagna’s vacant Right Back spot but possible strengthening is needed there. We also have quality up and comers coming through. We’ve already seen Coquelin, Eisfeld and Gnarby in action but we also have Ryo Miyachi and Joel Campbell coming back from loan, who are both true gems.
Even 3 players purchased in the summer will surely strengthen the hopes for something next season.
Let’s keep the faith and support the boys. We all know the board, Gazidis and Kroenke are greedy, but lets focus on the FOOTBALL. We can make the top 4 this season, as we should, but next season lets have a tilt and regain our image as the best in the league.