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Arsenal Squad Assessment

01 Jun

So, after all the player ratings, lets have a look at the overall condition of the squad, in every department, and areas of concern and areas where improvement is required.

GOALKEEPING – 7/10

Wojciech Szczesny – 7.5

Lukasz Fabianski – 6.5

Vito Mannone – N/R

Quite straightforward, the fact the Szczesny will be the first choice keeper at the club, for at least a few years to come. After the release of Manuel Almunia, there have been numerous reports linking Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone to other clubs, as they look for more first team opportunities. Should they leave, Arsene Wenger will be forced to bring in reinforcements, who are willing to be on the bench, or blood youngster Damian Martinez.

DEFENCE – 6.95/10

Bacary Sagna – 7.5

Per Mertesacker – 7

Laurent Koscielny – 8.5

Thomas Vermaelen – 7.5

Johan Djourou – 6

Kieran Gibbs – 7.5

Andre Santos – 6.5

Carl Jenkinson – 7

Ignasi Miquel – 7

Sebastien Squillaci – 5

Nico Yennaris – N/R

Daniel Boateng – N/R

The Gunners conceded 49 league goals last season, which was their highest in the Arsene Wenger era. In an injury where the defence was ravaged with injuries, Le Prof had to try out over a dozen different defensive combinations. While Laurent Koscielny has been the leading defencer, Arsenal fans will hope that Per Mertesacker and Johan Djourou will put in more improved performances next season, even as the Koscielny-Vermaelen central defensive partnership blooms. Sebastien Squillaci looks on his way out, while Kieran Gibbs and Andre Santos will fight it out for the left back spot, which is a pleasant headache for the manager to have. Bacary Sagna, will hopefully be fit for the start of the season. Ignasi Miquel, Carl Jenkinson and Nico Yennaris have all impressed, and will continue to do so in the Carling Cup.

MIDFIELD – 7.35/10

Alex Song – 8

Francis Coquelin – 7.5

Mikel Arteta – 8.5

Tomas Rosicky – 7.5

Aaron Ramsey – 6.5

Yossi Benayoun – 7

Emmanuel Frimpong – 6.5

Abou Diaby – N/R

Henri Lansbury – N/R

Ryo Miyaichi – N/R

Chuks Aneke – N/R

Oğuzhan Özyakup – N/R

Arsenal’s midfield has had a mixed season. While there have been some brilliant displays, there also have been the lethargic ones. Alex Song, who recently was described as the Gunners’ ‘most defensive midfielder’, rather than a ‘defensive midfielder’, has been ably partnered by Mikel Arteta, in whose absence, the team has struggled. Tomas Rosicky looks to have come back to his best towards the end of the season. Francis Coquelin too has been a revelation. Aaron Ramsey clearly needs a breather. The injury concerns of Abou Diaby seem to be getting a bit out of hand, though Wenger still likes the player. He will have an important season next year, where he will be assessed, and his future will be discusses. Yossi Benayoun, has chipped in, but he will be looking for regular first team action elsewhere. Ryo Miyaichi and Emmanuel Frimpong will be slowly drafted in into an exciting looking future midfield.

ATTACK – 6.68/10

Theo Walcott – 7

Gervinho – 6.5

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7.5

Andrei Arshavin – 6

Robin van Persie – 9

Marrouane Chamakh – 6

Park Chu-Young – 4

Thierry Henry – 7.5

Niklas Bendtner – N/R

Robin van Persie takes most plaudits here, and without a doubt he has been a class above the others. Arsenal fans, will be wishing he signs a new contract. With Lukas Podolski already on board, we could be witness to a devastating front line soon. Theo Walcott, has shown flashes of brilliance, but can be equally frustrating. He is no doubt, an important player, but Wenger will hope he shows the consistency that is required at this level. Gervinho seems to have suffered a bit due to the African Cup of Nations. He can be woeful in front of goal, but there is no doubting his talent. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, signed in the close season, has been massively impressive, and will be a treat to watch. The less said about Marrouane Chamakh and Park Chu-Young, the better. Both look short of confidence and of course, short of goals. One of them, or probably both could be on their way out. Andrei Arshavin, is another player who could find himself at the exit doors of the Emirates.

OVERALL – 7/10

If the Gunners are to mount a serious title challenge next season, there have to be improvements in numerous areas. With the arrival of Steve Bould as assistant coach, the defence will hopefully stop being so leaky, and be a much more tighter group. The over reliance of Robin van Persie, to score goals, is another matter of concern, which will hopefully be solved by Lukas Podolski. Rumours have been aplenty over the signing of a defensive midfielder, like Yaan M’Vila, though there are doubts that will happen. Anyways, the midfield looks well balanced.

Arsene Wenger will have his work cut out to end the run of 7 trophyless seasons. The squad needs a little makeover, and hopefully we will be there or thereabouts, genuinely challenging for the title.

Jai Arsenal 🙂

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3 Comments

Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Player Reviews

 

3 responses to “Arsenal Squad Assessment

  1. Vincent

    June 1, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Wenger wil cary a cup next year

     
  2. jegede adeola

    June 2, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    You missed jack wilshire.

     
    • supreetkini

      June 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      He missed the whole of last season, so I haven’t included him here 🙂

       

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