Players around Sanchez need to step it up by KM
There’s no need to tell you, who is Arsenal’s best player. Once again Alexis Sanchez produced a performance that everyone around him, should look and think about implementing for themselves. Forget the immense quality the guy has, it is the fighting spirit and determination that he demonstrates that is well worth every penny paid to see him at the Emirates. For the money an Arsenal fan has to pay, we need to see more players like him.
I don’t think that desire and determination is only taught on the streets of south America though. He was schooled in Barcelona under some of the best coaches in the world. At Barcelona if you don’t fight for every ball, you’ll never see first team football. That is something players at Arsenal need to be taught. He may not be the tallest man, but he still wanted it more than some 6ft 4′ Burnley defenders and that tells you all there is really to know.
Money may or may not buy happiness, but they do buy quality. 32 million pounds look like peanuts for Sanchez. But if we want to keep him in the squad, we need the players around to step it up. I don’t think he’ll be too happy if every game the whole team is weighing on his shoulders to produce magic once again. I don’t like the one man team quotes, but we are over-reliant on him at the moment. Players play for trophies these days, not for pride and football clubs.
Barcelona thought Suarez is better than Sanchez and they moved him on but if we don’t provide him the platform for success he may not be with us for too long. One of AFC biggest issues over the last 10 years has been we’re too reliant on one player. Fabregas was pivotal for Arsenal few years back, then it was Van Persie, last season Ramsey was the star man at Arsenal and our season went downhill with his absence and then back up when he came back.
My hopes lie with Walcott coming back. It was a huge relief to see him play again. His pace and improved finishing are really missing. Another man I’d welcome back is Giroud. Giroud will never be the quickest or deadliest striker like Aguero, but he does bring presence in the box, which we’ve missed, some strength and good heading abilities.
At the moment we struggle in midfield where Wengers all so hailed philosophy for attractive football lies. It’s in decline the same way as our manager. We have no DM and we’re missing the Ramsey of last season, who really made the transition from defense to attack work and his presence in the box allowed him to score more goals than he did before being stuck as a CM.
Anderlecht is a game where we should see Rosicky and Podolski. They had an awful Carling Cup game vs Southampton but even though the Belgians are a CL side, they are not something our squad players shouldn’t be able to dominate at home. We finally won some games in a row and our next two opponents provide a platform for improving on our results.