Over the last ten years you have heard so many Arsenal fans and pundits saying that “Arsenal are two players away from winning the title”, that it has become a sort of cliche or mantra that gets repeated every single transfer window. But do we ever get those two players? Well, we haven’t won the League so I guess that answers that question!
But now the Arsenal Invincible legend Sol Campbell has become the latest ex-player to voice our thoughts. “They’ve done pretty well overall. If they can build on that performance against Manchester United — but cut out the first 10 minutes — they’ll be OK,” he said.
“But Arsenal are two defenders short of being a top team. They really need to push the boat out and buy a couple more players.”
We all know that the defence is our current problem. Per Mertesacker is retiring next summer and Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal are not very far behind him in age, so surely can’t have too many more years at the top. Wenger could probably help the problem by switching formation to four at the back again, which is what Campbell thinks is safest. “For me, I’ve played in a back three for England and a couple of times for Tottenham, but I can’t remember ever playing that for Arsenal,” he said.
“If you want more going forward, you might do 3-5-2, but I prefer a 4-4-2. And if you’re fluid enough, you can be flexible enough and have enough players interchanging and going forward.”
Obviously in the summer we are going to need more than two defenders when Ozil and Sanchez leave, but if we could buy the two defenders that we needed in January, who would you go for?