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Are any current Arsenal players good enough to play with this lot?
The defence and goalkeeper provide the very foundation needed to succeed, but Arsenal aren't exactly enamoured with world-class talent in the department. Especially when you consider the teams of yester-year.
Wojciech Szczesny, for example, would struggle to earn a place in any Champions League-chasing team based in England. He is, however, the best goalkeeper Wenger has at his disposal by a great margin. Neither Lukasz Fabianski nor Vito Mannone can match Szczesny, for current skill or potential, and should be moved on as soon as possible.
The situation is similar in defence where balance is all-important, but where Arsenal currently have none.
Bacary Sagna is easily the best defender at the club and has the right-back position nailed down, for the moment. Carl Jenkinson is a superb reserve, and given time he may replace the French international, but for now his best place is as Sagna's apprentice.
The problem at left-back is slightly more complicated, but only because Kieran Gibbs is the only viable left-back Wenger has at the club. In time, Jernade Meade may rival Gibbs but that is at least two seasons away for the 20-year-old.
Andre Santos as a potential left-back is not even worth discussing.
With two superb and automatic-choice full-backs to choose from, Wenger's hardest decision defensively is who is to partner club-captain Thomas Vermaelen.
Sebastien Squillaci is a poor player and really should be replaced in the first-team squad by the likes of Daniel Boateng. Squillaci's involvement is holding back Boateng's development while also costing the club an estimated £50,000 per week.
The Frenchman's removal from the equation essentially leaves Wenger with a choice between Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. Neither is the ideal partner for Vermaelen and have differing talents. Both would labour to get into any top-six Premier League team, maybe even top-eight.
Mertesacker lacks pace, struggles to deal with mobile opponents and is a typical German defender in that he is disciplined and deals with simple situations effectively. Koscielny, on the other hand, is more mobile and more adventurous going forward but is extremely indisciplined and plays far too much on instinct to be regarded as a top-class defender.
In this choice Mertesacker seems the obvious pick. However, his inclusion is complicated by what happens further up the pitch. Because Arsenal currently lack players with defensive abilities out wide, the two full-backs are expected to push on.
Mertesacker's extreme lack of pace naturally forces the Arsenal central partnership to play deeper than normal. Add it all together and all of a sudden the Gunners midfield is stretched to breaking point while leaving potential gaps on the flanks due to the full-backs pushing on.
This is the main reason Wenger has so may problems at the back this season and can be perfectly illustrated by the fact that Mertesacker has played 24 times compared to Koscielny's 17 and Vermaelen's 26 matches.
Given the fact that strikers win matches while defenders win leagues, Wenger would be best-suited choosing a back four that consists of Sagna, Gibbs, Mertesacker and Vermaelan with the full-backs being given clear instructions to defend first and attack second.
This would be going against Le Prof's own current attacking philosophy. But, in the 1997-98 season, his first full term in charge, Arsenal won the title. They conceded only 33 goals in the 38 matches by playing with a solid back five of David Seaman, Tony Adams, Steve Bould, Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn in defence.
From 21 games this season, the Gunners have already conceded 24 goals.