Where Arsenal excel – and what we lack!

How good are Arsenal? by Briantole

Many predicted that this will be the year Arsenal finally deliver. Having ended last season on a high and bringing the same tempo in the following season as evidenced by our unbeaten pre-season. But injuries and suspensions seem to hold us back. So without them how good are we?

Let me start by pinpointing the individual brilliance in our team. Cech, Bellerin, Kos, Monreal, Coquelin, Santi, Ozil and Sanchez are already the best in the league in their respective positions, and only a few individuals in Europe if any can do a better or similar kind of job as them.

So in general terms where does our team lie? Well we are Number One at:
Sublime movement – when Arsenal have the ball at their feet they are a joy to watch. In fact it is only Barca or Real Madrid who might surpass us in this area. But that can be due to the fact that they follow Ronaldo and Messi.
That in fact shows how great we are in possession.

Great passing – This has a number of areas. In terms of through balls, long range and short range passing, and crossing. We are the best at all those areas having registered the highest number of passes completed in the Premier League. This means that it is important aspect in this team.

Creativity – By far our greatest strength. This is where we surpass even the elite in Europe by a strong margin. Santi and Ozil do the most part ,but even Sanchez and the full backs contribute in this area. This is characterized by most chances created and most clear cut opportunities made. We are outstanding in footballing intelligence.

Precision – We are almost flawless in our play. We have registered the highest percentage of pass completion and take-on completion. We also commit very few fouls. So many skilled players like Sanchez, Cazorla and Bellerin make all this a possibility.

Now Squawka stats have backed this, by us having the highest performance index. But we also have weaknesses that shroud this great play from our team.

We lack:
Aggression – That kind of aggressive player that drives the team forward is the missing piece of the puzzle. A Yaya Toure or William Carvalho kind of player aka the heavy weights – a midfield destroyer who wins battles is very important to every team.

Finishing – We take the most shots, create lots of chances, clear cut chances but our finishing isn’t anything to be proud of. We have a very low conversion rate. So much wastage…

Depth – One area that needs to be solved, especially in the holding midfield and wing positions. We need enough depth for better results – but I’m seeing youngsters stepping up so we might soon find a solution to this problem in house…

Is this a fair assessment?


Tags Alexis Cazorla Cech Koscielny


  1. sonix says:

    I think it’s a fair assessment..
    But only if one man(Arsene) understands this we will be fully established in every department with or without injuries.
    something is holding this team back…#ARSENE IGNORANCE!!!!

  2. muffdiver says:

    agree with this post.
    good stuff homeboy.

    westside fo’ life

  3. GoonerLad says:

    Disagree about aggression, Coquelin is the best DM in England and will soon be our very own Makelele, what we need is someone to fill in his shoes.

  4. joeboy says:

    Id say bayern are better along with barca and real madrid…. Still need a commanding CB to pair with kos. we are too hit and miss in our games, some games we dominate like against utd but then the next game we can be rubbish like the west brom and norwich game, no consistency in our performances which lets us down

    1. PiresTheLegend says:

      Soon enough it will be Gabriel. He will help our lack of aggression too. Just ask Diego Costa

  5. davidnz says:

    This is the weakest EPL
    in 23 years so Arsenal
    has a real chance.
    City and United look so fragile.
    Chelsea is gone Liverpool and Spurs
    are too soft Leicester will crack.
    Despite Arsenals injury toll I rate
    Arsenal as the most consistent squad.
    Arsenal will be on top by Dec 31st when we can
    add a couple of loan players till the injured recover.

    1. Mistamonn says:

      On the contrary my friend. This is definitely the strongest and most competitive EPL season in 23 years. Everybody is capable of taking points off the other. The current league standings says it all. No one team is running away with it at the moment.

      1. Nebs says:

        Liverpool, for instance, have already played all the big games away and they have quite a positive score, drew against Arsenal, spuds and Everton, destroyed the plastic clubs and only lost to manure. They should rock the second half of the season.
        Watch out for Liverpool after the nineteenth match.

  6. Greg says:

    Hey! Dont forget we got alexis he certainly drives the team forward with his direct style of play, and his never say die attitude and workrate! Coyg!

  7. damochy says:

    We also lack consistency and the ruthlessness that makes great teams

  8. Fatboy Gooney says:

    If only we were good at set pieces ?
    and just imagine if we had a striker with a 50% strike rate ?

    Off topic. .
    Nice one Wenger ?for making him play on for the whole of the second half..
    Cazorla is out for the rest of the season.

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