Imagine that you are an employer, you have a list of CV’s in front of you, you have seen the applicants at work and what you have read is highly impressive. You are in a position to employ these outstanding candidate and so you would think it would be foolhardy not to at least try, right?
OK, let’s look at a few of these players CV’s and ask yourself, could any half-decent manager turn these sort of defenders into an impregnable force.
Hugely experienced, won almost every trophy in the game at club level across multiple leagues with multiple clubs, a leader of men, captained his country, a fantastic personality with a very high confidence level. The sort of player that young upcoming stars can look up to and be inspired by.
World cup winner, highly experienced and yet below the age of 30, experienced in Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League, massive confidence in his own ability and never lets negativity get him down. Never hides and will always stand his ground no matter what is thrown at him by the media, fans and so-called pundits. A man that has the ability to dig himself out of the abyss.
A very young player that has already won no less than eight major trophies in his homeland. A defender that won goal of the season, that made the team of the year three times, won the young player of the year three times and all that from just 102 games. A youngster that has a lethal shot, that has played in the Champions League, that has represented his country, that crosses the ball with superb accuracy and is as fast as a Cheetah.
An international defender that has played for one of the biggest clubs on the planet, a defender good enough to make the Premier League team of the year, a defender that is versatile and when at full fitness is one of the best flying wing-backs around, a leader of men, an inspiration to his teammates, a defender that is not afraid to say what he thinks publicly and a player that has already shown that he is a top talent that has yet to return to that level due to a long term injury but at 25 still has more than enough time to get his game back on track before he hits his peak.
So, those four players, would you sign them if they were available?
Well, they are not available, their names are, in order, David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin.
On paper that is one formidable back four don’t you think? So why is it that they have not stepped up for Arsenal and produced the goods.
Well, management is one good reason, it is no coincidence that Luiz and Mustafi have improved massively under Mikel Arteta. Then you have injuries to Tierney and Bellerin, in better words, there are excuses and under the right management, those four could easily form a solid top quality defence.
Now, let me ask you this, is that back four better than this back four?
Then you still have Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis that can be thrown into the mix.
I refuse to believe that Arteta cannot form a back four from all the above named players that would compare to any other team in the Premier League.
Look at all their CV’s look at what they have achieved elsewhere. There has to be a reason it has not worked out at Arsenal but whatever that reason is, it does not mean that Arteta will fail because Unai Emery and to some degree, Arsene Wenger did.
In my opinion, if the above named players played for another team the transfer mill would be in overdrive linking them with Arsenal because their achievements and track record justify Arsenal being linked with them.
I am not that sure that it is always the players at fault, the structure and management of the club have to take a large portion of the blame, hopefully, Arteta will right that and we may yet get to see how good these players really are.