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What can Arsenal do to be number 1?
By Nachiketa Sharma
Sorry guys I know the title of this may hurt some of the hardcore gooners out there who like me think that we still are the no1 team in the world when it comes down to actual field play (yup better than barca see p.s.) ..but surprisingly that doesn’t translate into too many trophies….
Also some people might as well ask me why do I make a fuss now.. now that we’re beginning to do so well both in the league and elsewhere. Now when we’re improving as a team proving our detractors wrong.. but then change is constant and necessary…and its better to keep the best club in world football the best by overcoming all slight frailties we may have.
Lets continue our journey towards perfection. Our team will win a couple of trophies this season but we can’t stop after that.. we have to keep improving .. till we win all we participate in and even after… ( its all philosophical I know)
Guys I’m from India and still 18 so if any of you fell that somewhere I have made a mistake please pardon me… I have a whole gonnerholic life ahead of me… now coming to the points….
The real steps which we can take to stake claim at the top of the world order
1. the final third player
@the distance shoots
arsenal have made some great signings for this in the past few years… well let me explain to all you guys.. what we basically lack is an excellent shot…. Thomas Rosicky and Andrei Arshavin did light up the stage for sometime but now both of them seem to have forgotten this piece of art. Yes we do have the ever injury prone Robin van Persie .. I just feel that any forward/wing/midfield player who arrives at arsenal somehow loses this bit in the trade…he starts playing the Arsenal way which in turn leads to less yields in front of the goal(though Van Persie is brattish and didn’t change)…
Chamakh our new arrival this season is no doubt a great player but he too fails to conquer this..i seriously don’t remember him scoring from any distance at all… I only remember him scoring either with headers or with no player between him and the keeper…
We at Arsenal seriously need a player to provide us with the gerrard like shot from distance… of late bendtner has been showing some signs of this…I really hope he can do this for us. I remember how Henry and the likes did this so successfully… Denilson is another notable shot from far out but we need someone in the attack to do this…
Nasri after his shot against West ham is another notable answer-possible… otherwise we have to invest….
Yes even though this is not the way Lord Arsene likes things..but we do need a player who can shrug off an Alex and a Vidic and shoot…I have so often seen that in the premier league a forward like Drogba or Rooney uses muscle power to gather the ball from the defender or shrug him off….. sometimes even going overboard but not being stopped by the ref and then maybe even go on to score a goal… we too need a player who can do this… (not the most necessary point on this list)
2. the defensive midfielder
All great teams have one or more great defensive midfielders…with Alex Song turning to a more box-to-box/holding role we do need a defensive mid-fielder…did anyone notice that we had been crying for clean sheets and suddenly now we have three… I agree that the biggest credit for this goes to the keepers…but there’s another piece of the jigsaw….yes you guessed it right its Denilson,….
Notice how he starts three games in a row in defensive midfield and we not only win them but also keep clean sheets… with all respect to Wilshere and Ramsey who are very good in whatever roles they fill but Denilson is better suited than both of them at this role…he is more physical…more aggressive of the three. He is also the worst passer of the trio and needs to improve ..but I have a feeling that he can be our Mikel/Makelele/Carrick/Busquets/Khedira kind of a player..who just does nothing but simply passes the ball to his more creative mates …somebody must neutralize our game…Wilshere is a very good player at this position but I fail to see how he can stop a Malouda or an Essien or Drogba unless they falter…he is a an aggressive tackler..well somewhat too aggressive for his own good….he has earned several bookings this way… also he’s too young to be playing all our matches… Aaron is a bit more of the Fabregas mould…and he will grow there only…Frimpong I hope does not get demoralized after his freak injury… another noteworthy player who I dream of in this position is vermaelen ….
3. the left footed midfielder
We at Arsenal have the strongest pool of upcoming/established midfielders in the whole of Europe…but what we really lack is a naturally left footed winger/midfielder.. strong teams do generally have one or more people suitable for this role… Manu without Gigs struggle so do Bayern without Robben and Inter without Cambiasso…Malouda is one of the most performing players for Chelsea this season… the trio of Van der Vaart Modric and bale is the heart of Tottenham. and.so on ..(not to mention that the Totts are really weak everywhere else..)
4 the winger…
Not many teams in the world come close to our lineup of attacking midfielders… but sadly none of then is a natural winger.. nobody in our team can continuously provide our tall Nasri/Chamkh/Bendtner with quality crosses from any of the flanks..captain fantastic Fabregas..Wilshere. Rosicky ..Nasri all do chip in though. . I personally believe that a player in this mould can be a great value addition for arsenal… right now our best bets for continuous crosses are Clichy and Sagna on the overlap..which is good but not great news… I know I’m being a bit too cold and cheeky when I say this but Bale can be the answer to points 3 and 4. Especially after his Inter demolition man job…
I seriously don’t think that we need a centre back this season or even the next or the season after that… I believe that Koscielny has been the best signing made by Wenger.. he has that Vidic type of talent…he can win trophies for us.. its amazing when I look at any arsenal match because he wins 70 percent of all aerial balls in our penalty box in any match..i wish him and the team my best of luck..
p.s. Barca just pass n pass n pass the ball…its skilful but boring at times .. they spoil any talented players they sign ( Villa and Ibra n even Eto’o ) ..they cannot beat a Wigan side without Messi..
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