Same Old Same Old

It is that time of the year when you see these banners and posters popping up in the most weirdest of places. From music concerts, other sporting events, election campaigns, weddings and even at college photos.The WengerOut poster is everywhere. But i just can’t understand why the fans would hate and want to see their most successful Manager to be sacked. One must remember that he is the same person that managed 2003-04 Invincible’s. So why is they hate the person that have given them 3 premiere leagues and 6 Fa cups along with other trophies.

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 For almost 21 years Wenger have been managing the club. Like everyone he had his highs and lows. Not only the trophies he was also the person responsible for their relocation to Emirates stadium. Through these hurdles he was able to carry the team and compete for the league and in Europe but usually with very limited success. His team made it into champions League for 17 straight years, something the other teams in the league are not able to match during this period. But even after making into the competition Arsenal usually fell short, at the round of 16 to be precise ( 7 consecutive time). The same can be said about premiere league. After their memorable season where they never lost , his side was never able to lift the league trophy again. They seems to be more of a top 4 contender rather than the title chasers.

Arsene Wenger’s system can be partly blamed for this. His style of play is more fluid and attacking. His team plays a really beautiful and stylish attacking game. On their day they can take down any team and do so in style. But when things don’t go as planned, his side crumbles. One main fault that is seen is his sides inability to adapt. This is a reason I guess why Arsenal often fail to win when they play against tougher opponents. His teams seem inefficient to cope with such challenges and he needs to give fresh breath into them. Lately we can see him sporting a 3 man defense rather than a 4 man back. This can be taken as a good sign.

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Finally not all can be his fault. In my opinions there are few issues that seems to pop up every now and then with the Arsenal.

Injury

We all know the Arsenal performance chart. They start season very well with many wins and being at top of table.Then it becomes slower, with few draws into the mix. October to November brings with it injuries. Most main players gets injured and are sidelined. This is the time they do bad and falls from top of the table. By the beginning of new year the team tries desperately to be in the title race on the same time gets knocked out of the champions league to. At the end they win a few matches and finish strong and usually within top 4. What is evident from this is that the moment the injuries occur their performance gets affected. This is a point of concern for the team especially its medical staff. They can look into their existing medical system to ensure that there are no problems there. Faster rehabilitation and recovery of players is a must along side avoiding those silly injuries.

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Leader

Look at any great team, you will always find that they all have one thing in common – a Leader.  A leader may not be the captain of a team, he is someone who brings the team together.  Arsenal of the present lacks such a personality. Even if they have great players showing leadership qualities you can’t quite pick one up. This lack of central role, who can motivate its players on field , pick them up from problems and keeps his team together till the end is what i thing something Arsenal must address.

Inconsistent Strike Force

Arsenal is a team that loves attacking. Their style of playing gets them more goals rather than clean sheets. But the present squad lacks that extra aggressive edge which can provide them with goals. Apart from Sanchez none of them are consistent enough. The team clearly lacks a proper central forward. Oliver Giroud is a good player, but he is highly inconsistent. You often find him in the bench rather than in the team sheet. Same is the case for Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez. All of them are also injury prone and often miss out many games. Hence a proper No 9 is a priority for  arsenal and Wenger if they plan to be more of a contenders in the future.

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SO WHAT NEXT

With Wenger’s future still unclear one can only speculate. With Champions LEague almost impossible next season the team and the manager must really work to impress their fans.

European Contest

Even though Champions league may be something out of their hand , Arsenal must be happier about it. I guess Europa League can be a blessing in disguise for them. Arsenal might be a smaller team who often have to punch above their weight in the Champions league, Europa its a whole other picture. The competition is softer and the Gunners would be a sure favorite to win them. Wenger could redeem himself if he will be able to deliver the club a European title. Also for Arsenal it can be a good platform to prepare for their future endeavors.

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Getting transfers right

Come this summer Arsene Wenger and his team is under lot of scrutiny. He must loosen his purse strings to sign good talents rather than ‘ ALMOST’ signing them. Some areas where i think he must bring in reinforcement and possible candidates are

Striker

Strengthening arsenals attack is a must. With possibility of Sanchez leaving the team , they should find a replacement for him. A like for like switch with Bayern for Douglas Costa is something that can be done, if the rumors about Bayern interest is true. Whatever the outcome be they must spend big to bring a great central forward who can deliver goals week in week out. Since Champions league is almost out of option his chance to bring a big goal scorer is hard. Aubameyang, Lewandowski, Griezmen are hence something he can forget. Mbappe is a great prospect, but attention from other big clubs almost makes it hard for Arsenal to sign him, but i believe Mbappe can get better if he choose a club like Arsenal where he is assured a start in almost all their match rather than going to a club where he might have to warm the bench more. Alexander Lacazette is someone linked to Arsenal in the past though the contract never happened. The french will be a good option for arsenal especially after his performance in Europa League this season where he is the joint top scorer.

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But a better option for Arsenal would be to sign someone who is more acclimatized to the league. Lukaku who might rejoin Chelsea is an option but a better one would be Leicesters Jamie Vardy. The England international have proved his ability in the League for his country and even in the Champions league. His pace, ability and experience may be what Arsenal really wants at the moment.

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Defense

The defense seems to be tighter with the addition of Mustafi last summer but they should not say no good young prospects. The main issue at the back would be Left back position. Nacho Monreal is not young anymore. Finding a good replacement is a must especially because the present option is Kieran Gibbs who is highly inconsistent and injury prone. A name that keeps coming up is of the Schalke left back Sead Kolasinac. The Bosnian is out of contract at the end of the season and will be a bargain buy if Arsene can bring him in to his camp. With interest shown from Chelsea and Juventus it is not going to be easy.

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Midfield

 This is some place where Arsenal must think harder. Even though they have great players like Ramsey , Cazorla. Xhaka, Elneny and Coquelin they some how seems to get lost once Cazorla gets injured. Xhaka though a great player often get suspended. Ramsey is too much inconsistent and Elneny is not that impressive . I guess this is where Arsenal must find someone who can keep the midfield together .

 Tiemoue Bakayoko, the Monaco central midfielder is a great option. He can give the stability and physicality that Arsenal wants.

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Another option would be Grzegorz Krychowiak. The former Sevilla player is no one new to the Europa league, winning it twice with them. His transfer to PSG though was not fruitful as the Polish international is not a regular choice for Unai Emery. His experience and physical strength might be what Arsenal just wants.

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Apart from these options a move to bring back Fabregas may be welcomed. With the former Gunner not starting most of the match under Conte in Chelsea and with a possibility of new signings by them in summer Fabregas may be doubtful as a regular starter for Chelsea. This can be used as an option bring him back to the Emirates.

So by bringing in good reinforcements, holding on their assets and trying to do better in Europa league ( if they didn’t make it to Champions league)  Arsene Wenger could redeem himself and help to mold Arsenal as a major Powerhouse of both England and Europe – A place where they rightly belong.