We still look unprepared for the start of the season. by Konstantin
Hello lovely people. So the Emirates Cup ended and we lifted it thanks to hammering Benfica, but realistically speaking there’s work to do. Most notably there’s a huge liability in defense, raising the question of why we haven’t added a new CB.
Worse, the starting back 3 are increasingly likely to be Mertesacker, Monreal and Elneny as Holding is way out of shape to start and Mustafi is yet to be seen. We might put Kolasinac there too, but it’s still uncertain.
My huge worry is that we don’t know our best squad. We tried out combinations of 2 strikers and Giroud and Walcott looked like a lovely combination, but so far what we tried with Lacazette didn’t really work out, despite him scoring against Seville. We shouldn’t be quick to judge him, because he’s coming to a new league and a new team.
But I feel like Arsene bought him to ease fan pressure, because we did need a new striker, but what’s the plan? We’re mostly experimenting, with the season knocking on our doorstep and we don’t know our best squad. You can probably only name Xhaka and Ramsey as sure starters and they are a liability too.
We really miss Cazorla. Ozil looked really poor in preseason. We lack creativity. Against Seville, the Ox looked like the best player we have and I’m disappointed we haven’t signed him up, because he finally looks like a good player. We looked dangerous on the flank and crossing balls in the box is a strategy that is viable, but why didn’t we bring on Giroud against Seville?
I think we need to snap up that Seri guy to help in CM and get Mahrez, if we won’t get Lemar, so that we can add some more creativity to our side. Hopefully we’ll look better against Chelsea, but we look like same old Arsenal against the 4th best team in Spain and we lost at home. So far we don’t look ready and with the amount of competition in the league, we’ll be paying a high price for any missed points against lesser opposition.