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What Can Arsenal Do This Season?
Well here we are again, the football season is back after a long and not so sunny 12 weeks of summer and we're already 2 games in.
Its not exactly been the start Arsenal fans were hoping for after gaining only 1 point from there opening 2 games and conceding 4 goals in the opening game of the season AT HOME, however its early days yet and Arsenal certainly aren't a team anyone is writing off, well anyone who knows their football. Its not the first time the club have gotten of to a poor start but as we've seen from the past they usually bounce back.
But the question is what exactly can Arsenal do this season?
For the majority of football fans Summer can be an exciting time for there football club as its a chance for new signings to arrive during the transfer window. However, for Arsenal fans, this isn't often the case. Football wise its usually a summer of disappointment with constant links to players including some huge names however more than likely ending up at the first game of the season with some unknown, unproven teenagers who often goes missing after 2 or 3 years and end up playing in the Spanish 3rd division. Last year saw Arsenal as one of the only teams in Europe not to sign an outfield player, with the veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech being Arsenals only purchase.
This summer has improved for Arsenal fans, but only slightly, just before the start of Euro 2016 Wenger had Leicester's top scorer Jamie Vardy in his sights, the deal looked promising however after weeks of discussion Vardy decided to stay at Leicster and Arsenal's failed attempt to get the player questioned whether Arsenal could still attract the big names. On the 26th May Arsenal announced the signing off Borussia Monchengladbach hard man Granit Xhaka for a fee of around £30M becoming Arsenals third most expensive player of all time. Many believe Granit could potentially solve Arsenals defensive midfield problems that the club have struggled with for the past few seasons. The club also confirmed the singing of Rob Holding from Bolton and Japan international Takuma Asano who has recently joined German side Stuttgart on a season long loan after work permit problems.
All though the addition of Granit will help improve Arsenal, I along with many others still believe it just isn't enough. The club are still in need of a solid Centre back and a proven goal scoring striker.
At the time of writing this the transfer window is still open and many sources believe Arsenal are in advanced talks with 24 year old German defender, Shkordan Mustafi. This would be a huge boost to the Arsenal squad as for years now they have lacked a solid back line. Other news also suggests Lucas Perez is also on the verge of completing a proposed move to Arsenal for around £17M, this could really help Arsenal going forward as Lopez scored more goals than any Arsenal player for Deportivo de La Coruña last season (17 goals), and also got himself 10 assists along the way. I think this would be a very good signing as he is a different style of striker to Giroud so it allows Wenger to rotate the players depending on who they are playing.
Wojciech Szczesny returned to Roma on a season long loan again after a successful season is the Serie A last year. This can only benefit the Polish number 1 as he isnt likely to get much game time again this season with Petr Cech receiving his 4th Golden Glove award last season. Winger Joel Campbell also left the Gunners after joining Portuguese club Sporting CP.
Mustafi vs Mertesacker
Aerial Duels Won
As it stands, Arsenals First Team is made up of:
Overall Arsenal have a very strong and flexible squad which is what makes them one of the best teams in the league, they have a range of good players that allows Arsene to constantly rotate the squad through out league and cup games. It is crucial for a team like Arsenal as with all the other big teams to have a big squad depth due to the sheer amount of games per season, this is mainly because of the addition of Champions league games during the week, it also helps to have cover in the team as injuries are more than often guaranteed, as Arsenals fans will understand.
Arsenals Main Players...
- Petr Cech - Arguably one of the greatest goalkeepers the premier league has ever seen. The shot stopper is a vital part of Arsenals team and really fills the defence with confidence knowing they have someone like Cech behind them. Last season Cech earned the golden glove award for keeping the most clean sheets in the league.
- Mesut Ozil - The 2014 World Cup winner is Arsenals most expensive(£39M) player and plays a key role in the team, known to be one of the greatest play makers in the world, he reached 19 assists last season which is the 2nd most ever in the premier league, behind Thierry Henry. He also broke the record for the most chances ever created in a single season. He was also awarded Arsenals player of the season.
- Alexis Sanchez - For me the 3rd best player in the league, Alexis is a complete game changer and often tears defences apart for fun. The Chilean maestro got himself 13 goals and 4 assists last season and this summer enjoyed a very successful Copa America, not only winning the competition but being the tournaments top scorer over the likes of fellow Americans Messi & Aguero.
So How Will They Do?
Overall its set to be an interesting season. With all the big teams having managerial changes and bringing in big money signings, its anyone's for the taking but its not going to be easy. I'm 99% sure its not going to be the same story as last year, that was a one of thing none of us can still believe.
With less than a week left of the transfer window to go there's going to be a lot of pressure on Wenger to spend the money and improve his squad but whether he will is another story, after all, we're bound to see at least a hundred players linked with the club this week but will there be a proper deal in there? i really hope so, not only for team to improve but for the fans, as we all know its not cheap going to the football and not only that but its tearing the fan base apart, some wanting Wenger out, some in.
Arsenal have finished in a champions league spot consecutively for the past 19 seasons however have never won it, the club have also not won the league since the 2003/04 season when they didn't lose a single game.
Personally i can't see Arsenal winning it this year, I've predicted Man City to win it with Arsenal finishing either 2nd or 3rd. I know we're fed up of hearing it, but with it potentially being Wenger's last year at the helm, i'd be happy with a champions league place finish and an FA cup, a champions league run past the last 16 would also be a bonus, but i may be asking to much.
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