Very early in the season Arsenal played Chelsea and Man City without those players who are the backbone today. And, in hindsight, with the great advantage of having training under Emery, and getting immensely better, physically, mentally and tactically, Arsenal can justifiably believe that they are a completely different team right now from the earlier ones that were like innocent lambs in the Den of Man City and Chelsea.
Arsenal’s 2018-19 season of high ambitions really takes off at the Emirates from 1st January 2019.
Arsenal’s major hurdle is the situation about the Player’s Contracts: and the resultant sale and the consequent purchase of players. It’s every fans hope that mistakes of the past will not be allowed by Emery to be repeated.
In the current Arsenal team, the defence line is not up to scratch and there are no wide players or really classy genuine wingers. The squad is quality heavy in the midfield areas and in the attack-line. Some advance has been made in better utilization of the existing players in areas in front of the goal by fine tuning the technical capability of the players; more intense and disciplined style of training methods and most importantly the coach himself is an inspiration for this talented squad. His no-nonsense approach and his even -handedness in man-management areas have earned him enormous respect in the squad.
Solving the problems cited above is largely possible by thinking out of the box and making better use of the available resources.
The problem of lack of wingers can be addressed by playing Bellerin as a winger on the right and Iwobi on the left. To date Bellerin’s work on the defensive side has been largely disappointing. But in an advanced role of an attacking RB, he has proved that he is very, very good. In the limited chances he has had Lichsteiner has shown why he is such an highly rated and accomplished player at RB . Lichsteiner must be allowed to fulfill his role as RB for which he is professionally highly qualified, acclaimed and accomplished.
Iwobi is a completely changed player. As a converted winger on the left, he is the best that Arsenal has.
So how will the Team look?
Lichsteiner Socrates Kolasinac
Bellerin Ozil Iwobi
Kolasinac and Lichsteiner must cover the wider areas of the pitch in their channel and allow Iwobi and Bellerin to cover the inside tracks: if necessary track back; they can link up with their powerful strikers with short passes or use the great Qzil to thread delicate passes; they need not worry about the back line with the Xhaka – Torreira duo giving them solid cover. Not to forget that the LB and RB are quite pacy and adept in backtracking [there are upgrades possible in the January window]; but for now, this move will keep the opposing attackers in their own third and relieve pressure on the Arsenal defence. This can only make the Arsenal strikers even more lethal !
We will take up the matter of sale and purchase of players: that will increase Arsenal’s chances in the EPL and Europa manifold. Sale of players will fund the purchases .
Arsenal has problems with four of its players.
Ramsey Contract offered to him was withdrawn. Arsenal has offers, it is said, in the region of €35 – €40 million. Arsenal must sell.
Welbeck has huge ambitions of representing England, but without regular starts that is impossible. His valuation is about €25 million.
Mustafi: With Sokratis grabbing his chances and Holding growing in stature and performance, and the German continuing to make silly mistakes, it looks curtains for him. Italian interest in him is for real. He was acquired for a sum in excess of €35 million.
Monreal: 33years old, reports suggest that he will sign for Real Sociedad and end his career there. Could perhaps fetch around £ 20+ million. He cost Arsenal £8.5 million in January 2013.
32 year old Atletico Madrid LB Felipe Louis is currently available. A reluctant Simeone has said that Filipe is still World Class and match fit. But the great LB has decided to move on. Arsenal must not let him slip away. He is good for another 2 to 3 years: he costs only £ 20 million.
Jardel, 31 years, a fantastic CB from Benifica, as pacy and skillful as ever, is an upgrade, in many ways, on Sokratis. At £ 20 million he is an enormous steal.
Hirving Lozano , RW-LW, pacy, skillful, fearless [ penchant for cards!] and extremely good at defensive duties and tracking back. This 23 year old is a diamond and with Emery polishing him technically, he is probably the player that Arsenal missed out in Ronaldo. He is touted at about £35 million.and Arsenal must pursue this PSV Eindhoven awesome winger aggressively.
Finally ,the one who nearly got away! Cristan Pavon of Boca Jrs at 22 is a favorite of Messi and held in high esteem by him. Extremely pacy, on the right, and a talented wide player. He will improve further especially under Emery. Could cost around £30- £35 million. This precocious talent is a must if Arsenal have big dreams for the future.
How will Arsenal look, after the new entrants are inducted into the team ?
Lichsteiner Jardel Filipe Louis
Pavon Ozil Lozano
Given the quality and depth on the bench, with just a bit of luck, anything is possible for this team under Unai Emery. Particularly, winning Europa and EPL!!
Mattis Vargas, only 20 years , immensely talented with breathtaking power and pace as AM his preference is Arsenal, as per an interview on 4th October 2018] “ ….. when asked who he would like to play for and presented with a list of Europe’s top clubs, Vargas replied: “The Arsenal.”
This Argentina player is already dubbed as the “Argentinean Eden Hazard”. Of course, Arsenal have this unhappy knack of looking gift horses in the mouth! One hopes that – miraculously, at least – better sense and judgement will prevail . He is available for under £9 million only. Born to play for Arsenal!!
And that this young prodigy along with Nice’s 19 years old Malang Sarr [CB or Defensive MF, available for under €15 million] Emile Smith Row , Guendouzi. Reiss Nelson [a second spectacular goal for Hoffenheim recently], Nketiah, Norwegian Sander Berge [just 20 years old, a fantastic CB or AM or Striker, Genk, will cost about €10 million] will one day show that class is permanent and there is no substitute for it. These are superstars in the making!!
Arsenal have announced its new Adidas £300 million (€ 262.35 million or $ 397.4 million) deal over five years. Or an average of £60 million per year. The extra € 34 million will be [£29. 73 million] a one time investment and that there would not be further player investment, till and including January 2020.
If invested now at €34 millions, the only investment from Arsenal’s own funds, until June 2020!! And just imagine, how many millions Arsenal will save over the next few years. Mindboggling!!!!
And no summer spending till June 2020 , by the way!
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