We’re unbeaten in the Premier League, which is a positive but it doesn’t hide the fact that we’ve hardly won any games and had a heavy defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Our form and performances this season have not been at the level we have been capable of, which is down to a combination of having a talent, multinational team, most of which played in the World Cup this summer.
But another problem is Arsene Wenger’s unbalanced squad. In defence and attack we are limited in our choices, meaning that the first choice positions in those areas are pretty well established now. Gibbs and Debuchy are first choice fullbacks, with Monreal and Chambers available to cover if required (when they’re not injured obviously). Mertesacker and Koscielny are our first choice central defensive partnership, and Calum Chambers can play there if needed as well.
Our main striker position was filled by Olivier Giroud but since he’s injured Danny Welbeck is playing there, and we have Yaya Sanogo as backup.
But our biggest problem at this moment in time is our midfield.
Simply put, we have too many midfielders. You have players like Lukas Podolski and Mesut Özil, who aren’t really strikers and play in deeper roles. Then we have Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, About Diaby (don’t laugh), Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Serge Gnabry who are all supposed to fill 5 positions.
And that is badly affecting our performances and results.
Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky in particular, must be wondering why they can’t get a bloody game. Santi changed the game for us against Everton, and is our best attacking midfielder by some distance, but his position is being taken up by the ineffective Mesut Özil. Tomas Rosicky was one of the first names on the team sheet in the biggest games but he can’t even get a look in. Tomas is one of those players who leads by example, and sets the tempo for the game. He is extremely determined and runs all over the pitch, making tackles for good measure. Why he can’t get a game is beyond me.
Then we have Lukas Podolski. He is undoubtedly a very good player who is a fantastic finisher. I don’t expect him to be the first name on the team sheet but how Arsene can’t find a place for him to utilise his obvious talents is a massive shame. When he plays, he scores goals and has a fantastic left foot. But for some reason, he’s been frozen out as well.
You do wonder if Arsene Wenger can work out a way to get the best out of the squad he has assembled. There are players like Santi, Tomas and Lukas who can give something to the team, but they aren’t getting any time on the pitch. I haven’t even mentioned Joel Campbell, who is another player who doesn’t seem to be able to get a look in.
Arsenal need to sort out their squad and quickly. Certain players like Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Özil have looked tired recently so why not throw in Rosicky and Cazorla? It makes no sense whatsoever and if we don’t sort it out soon it could badly damage our season.