Let’s not forget Arsenal still lacks squad depth

Arsenal has had a surprisingly good season which could end with Mikel Arteta’s side winning a trophy, if not the Premier League title.

They finished fifth last season and started this campaign hopeful of ending inside the top four places. However, that has all changed now.

Before the World Cup break, the Gunners were flying, and they will want to continue that when football returns tomorrow.

Most of their players have been in superb form, but we must be aware of the fact that Arteta used an almost identical lineup in his league games.

The Spaniard hardly has a player he can call on from the bench to change matches in place of his established starters.

This clearly shows Arsenal lacks depth, and it could be a big problem in this second half of the season when there would be plenty of matches to play.

Mikel Arteta’s men will want to win some significant silverware this season but do they have the players?

The Spaniard has a thin squad without injuries. When fitness issues hit the group, he will struggle to name a team that can win matches.

The January transfer window is a tricky time for clubs to buy new players, but Arsenal must be prepared to add some new men to the squad to make it stronger and better prepared to challenge for trophies.

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8 Comments

  1. First and foremost Arteta is building a young team for the future.
    If we get silverware this season or compete for the league title, it is beyond expectations.

    1. @AndersS Nothing should be beyond expectations for a professional sports organization! Imagine if Fergie had the same defeatist mindset with the class of 92 &Co? No excuses, these are full professionals who’ve done it in the first half of the season, they can and should maintain the standards theyve set!

      1. I agree with you.
        The ‘young team’ is the league leader during Christmas and the ‘older teams’ and thick squad are below us. This means, this season, they are not good enough to lead the league, IMO.

        Merry Christmas to you all.

  2. Happy Christmas and best wishes to everyone on Just Arsenal, with special thanks to the Admins, and Dan, for all their hard work and all the other article contributors. Peace and Love X

  3. The ‘process’ is done stage by stage. Arteta got rid of the deadwoods just end of last season and added new bloods this season. Squad depth means more competitive players, not back up players. The club is not in the position yet to be most competitive because lack of CL. The existing players gotta dig deep and go Redbull so that the club which pays them enters the CL next year. If the players want the fans to support them, then they gotta reduce the social gap and start acting like a common man.

  4. Imho we need to sign 2-3 players(CDM, WF, ST) if we want to compete on three fronts which means still being in title contention in March/April and also having deep runs in the FA Cup and UEL especially the latter considering our lack of European success. We don’t even have to break the bank to achieve this we just have to be a little creative.
    -Felix: £8M loan+full wages(should the rumours be true)
    -Mudryk: £40M
    -Danilo: £21M
    Or
    -Ben Brerenton Diaz: £10M
    -Ferran Torres: £26M
    -Amrabat: £35M

  5. May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill. And may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy. Have a Merry Christmas!

  6. West Ham manage to make six changes the last time we met and were very competitive against us, so yes we lack squad depth for some time now.

    The rumored deal Athletic Madrid reported offering is not a cheap deal, £8 mil sign on fee plus £250,000 weekly salary is not cheap, but it is what it is, so I would sanction it still.

    Regardless of the noise in the market I suspect we are targeting a winger and midfielder as priority,

    But Edu must sign at least three players a midfielder, the winger and a striker, maybe a deal could be arranged with Fulham where Cedric Soares goes there and Mitrovic moves in the opposite direction.

    Mudryk
    Danilo/ Savic
    Mitrovic / Joe Felix

    The above seems very practical to me

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