BUILDING AN ARSENAL THAT WILL CHALLENGE ON ALL FRONTS COME NEXT SEASON by Nicholas
Arsenal should have won at old Trafford against a depleted united side and proceeded to third place. However, I felt that Unai Emery decided to apply the handbrake, keeping Lacazette on the bench until later on. Ramsey 1.0 turned up and ruined the plan. This Ramsey is the one we have known all those years, inconsistent. With December here, the January transfer window will soon open up. Arsenal should strive to build on what has been achieved this far. So what has Unai Emery to do in order to get the team to climb even higher in terms of performances?
Replace inconsistent attack support – Replace both Ozil and Ramsey. There is a lot of sentimental value in support for keeping one of the two but they are never there for all the games and they are never playing consistently.
Bring in Isco from Real Madrid where he is not getting enough playing time. Recall Reiss Nelson to be his understudy and learn his trade in the position. Emile Smith-Rowe too will be involved in the position as an understudy. Quality support in the center – Replace Mohamed Elneny with David Suarez who can also assist in the attacking and some wing roles.
Support the wingbacks – Bring in Vitinho (Victor Alexander da Silva) to learn his trade under Bellerin in the right wing back role. A player who has made the Brazilian under 20 squad should be good enough. Bring in Blas Miguel Riveros to help out as an understudy on the left wing. Having made under 17, under 23 and now with the Paraguay national team, he should be good too. Bring more competition in the back: Replace Koscielny with Nacho Fernandez from Real Madrid. Bring effective third man upfront: Replace Welbeck with Nicholas Pepe, as a younger player he can look forward to taking over from Aubameyang in a few seasons.
Stick with 3.4.3 – Play with the two strikers from the off.
Here is the squad 2019 January after six additions to the squad. The question is if Unai Emery is ready to bring in three first team quality players.
If Emery has this at the end of this transfer window, we can push for title contention as early as next season. And by that time we will have secured the Champions League spot, effortlessly.