The real missing key parts of the jigsaw that can make Arsenal real contenders next season By Muha AnkoAnko
Well we have all been mentioning the key players that Arsenal needs to sign before the season starts and am inclined to agree with most of the comments. But i was thinking of betting on Arsenal to win the title, using my winner coupon code of course, so I decided to analyse the key aspects of a winning team and line them up against what we have at the moment, to decide if Arsenal really do have a chance to be the Champions.?
The first and foremost is the players. Here I am talking about the players on the field, if we compare our players to the other 19 teams in the EPL, then we may find ourselves smiling, but, if we compare them with the top 6, we may start to worry a bit, especially when we look at the top 3. All in all, I think Tottenham, Chelsea and us, may have almost the same quality players, because especially Spurs, if you minus Lloris, Eriksen and Kane, they have average players all through with seasonal players around them.
Chelsea have Courtois, Kante, Cesc and Hazard that can be called WC also, the rest can be termed as average seasonal players in my opinion. Well to me these two teams beat us in defense and partly midfield. But none of them can match our firepower up front and creativity in midfield.
Well further up, we have United, City and Liverpool, who I consider favorites this season by the way. Well United have arguably the best Goalkeeper along with Liverpool, City can’t boast the same in my opinion. Their goalkeeper only fits their footballing philosophy, other than that he is average. In defense, Liverpool have van Dijk, as maybe WC, United have none in my opinion, while City have Stones who may not actually be WC.
In midfield, City have the most firepower in the EPL in Kevin De Bruyne, Silva D. While United have Pogba, and Liverpool may well speak of Keita and Fabinho but I am not so sure about them in the EPL.
Up front is where all changes, United apart from Sanchez (at his best) have average seasonal players, Liverpool have Salah, but for all we know he may be a one season wonder, City have Aguero and maybe Jesus.
While we can’t compete with these teams on paper, up front we may dare say we have one of the best, if not the best. At their best, Ozil, Cech and Koscienly can fit in the categories above. So we may not by all means, call ourselves fevorites, but we surely are somewhere.
The second part is the manager.
As we all know, managers may not be miracle workers, they surely play a huge role. Here I am talking about tactics and team morale. The top 6 have the best in the league, we may also add West Ham there as they have a league winner at the helm. Here is where I feel we may have the edge. I am not saying by any means that Emery is the best, but we can that him and Sarri are the new managers that brings new tactics in the league. Some may argue that City and Liverpool and Spurs may have the edge because of their players and manager camaraderie, but most other teams knows exactly what to expect from them and may now have a plan in place to stop them.
City actually may have the usual Champions syndrome for all we know. Now for us, we can all agree as mentioned up there, this time we have a manager that can plan for opposition and employ tactics that can get the best out of the players we have. That being said, our average players may be hidden with the quality players and tactics around us. That’s something we should all look forward to this season.
Third, is.. luck and circumstances.
For instance, the last 3 EPL champions, have only one (City) can be credited for having the best players and manager. The other 2 have relied so much on circumstances and luck. Looking at Leicester and Chelsea for that matter, they both had luck and the fact that they didn’t have European commitments. They can also be added to the category above of having an unpredictable/known managerial tactics.
This season though. We have of course European commitments but one can say Europa up until the last 8 we may not face really quality teams. But we also have the world cup effect here. United have already started complaining, City, Spurs and Chelsea still have players missing, only us and Liverpool can say have most our first 11 available. This is by no means a guarantee, but it will come in handy trust me. If luck in injuries and refereeing decisions favour us, who knows??
Fourth.. The financial support and transfers.
Well this may not be our favorite part, but we can all agree that the board, though second grade, have tried and we have seen changes. Some may argue that we have only brought in average players bar Torreira, but the fact remains we have bolstered our squad better than any other season that I can remember. We have not only strengthened our weaker spots, we have brought them in early and easy. We have not spent the most top dollar to add the usual unnecessary pressure on the new players, but we have brought in what we feel can bring. A bit of ecstasy and euphoria to not only the fans, but the players also. This is important – trust me. Because for example, Torreira, our best signing so far, does not come in with pressure that Keita, or even Fabinho comes with, considering their prices tags. The same can be said of Leno compared to Alisson.
We surely could do with a winger, but one thing I am sure of, is our fans feel much better than the Spuds fans who are yet to sign a player and United whose manager complains like Konstantin used to complain about Arsene every day😅😜😉.
Finally, the most important one to me. THE FANS
Well we can agree that Arsenal may not be able to compete with other clubs when it comes to almost every other thing, one thing we can be sure of is our fanbase. We are only second to United worldwide. Which should be an advantage but, as said above, it is a very important part of the jigsaw. Here I have to say that it is unfortunately the most disappointing part. Well we all claim to love the club, but our hatred and opinions towards some of our players are remarkably disgusting! It is one thing to criticize a player for a bad game, season, or form, and it is another thing to completely rule out the players abilities.
It is evident with the likes of Kevin De and Moh Salah that a player is only as good as the trust and support they get from their managers and fans. Ozil devides opinions here as much as anyone else, but this lad used to perform at his peak of his powers for his national team wracking 5 Germany player of the year awards in the process, up until he started getting infinite indefatigable criticism from his own fans. I can dare to say that we Arsenal fans have been the meanest to say the least about a player who chose to join us for unknown reasons from Real Madrid. He could’ve picked any team but chose Arsenal when we were losing our best players every season and did not offer the best when it comes to wages, and still all he got was criticism for every tackle he didn’t make, as if it’s the first role of a number 10. For all the fingers pointed at him, it took some of his self esteem and here we are complaining how some players used to bully our players physically yet we seem to be doing a good job at bullying them emotionally.
The question I am asking is, when will it ever be enough for us to fully support our team through thick and thin? Yes I am the first to agree that some of our players are average and not good enough. But one thing remains, they are our players. Until they are sold, they should remain our players and need our support at all times. If your son, brother or even your wife has a certain deficiency, do you bash them at every opportunity you get or you try support them as much as you can?
Come on Arsenal fans, we can make our players be the Lions on field or the cats depending on the support we give them. One of the reasons as to why Liverpool are indomitable at home is their support in their own ground. Liverpool have thrashed us and other top teams severally at anfield with average players and managers because of the support they get at home. Why do you think they perform very well in the mighty Champions league? Is it a coincidence? Think twice….
We have a new manager whose philosophy is to bring the best out of everyone, including the fans – as he is quoted saying. “Fans want their emotions to come to the surface and the only to way to make that happen is to give them a team that transmits emotion: intensity, attacking, scoring goals, competing, fighting. That awakens them. The fans want emotions.”
The Champions League generates more money and allows you to buy better players but what fans really want is to enjoy their team, to win things. If you have money but you don’t generate feeling and emotion, it’s worthless. You can be in the Champions League and generate money but if you get knocked out in the group it means nothing to the fans. Sure, you’ve made £20m, but what does that mean to them?”
Atmosphere is very important and once again he recently said in his first fans meeting: “If we have this ambience here, that we have tonight, it’s a small crowd, but if we can match that ambience in the stadium at the games then we can achieve a lot.”
Now it’s up to us Gunners to make Emirates a fortress, to make our players play their hearts out and make them lions on the field. And maybe, just maybe, we could finally have the last laugh.
Looking forward to to the season already regardless.