The transfer season has closed and Arsenal spent the day concentrating on current players contracts, rather than adding any new faces.
Yes, I am thrilled we have signed Bendtner and more so, Denilson, to "long term contracts," however, I believe adding a new player or two would have been more beneficial.
In recent years, Arsenal has been devastated by injuries that in some cases, have cost them the title (two years ago to be exact).
2007/2008 Major injuries:
Robin van Persie, Sagna, Rosicky, and Eduardo
Fabregas, Rosicky (from previous season) , Eduardo (from previous season), Walcott, Clichy, and Gallas
Fabregas, Walcott, Nasri, Rosicky (continued), Djourou, Fabianski and Vela are all currently out for Arsenal.
I believe Arsenal was in desperate need of at least one more player- most likely a defensive minded player- before the market closed. However, since they failed to do so, it has caused me to believe Arsenal now lack's true depth at some key positions this year- or at least until January.
An evaluation of the depth at each position:
Looking at Arsenal's defense, behind our two solid center backs, Gallas and Vermaelen, there is no one who can be counted on to step in and do the job.
Senderos should have left in the summer to another club, and Silvestre makes too many costly mistakes when he starts. Djuorou is currently injured, but he's still a relatively unknown player for us.
As for depth at our outside backs, Eboue can easily slot into the right back (where in my opinion, he plays far better), and at left back, Gibbs and Traore are two solid, speedy options for Arsene Wenger.
Song has really stepped into the defensive midfield role so far this season, and Denilson has been getting stuck in many tackles that last season, he wouldn't have.
However, the squad lacks no more defensive midfielders on the roster, with the only solution, youngster Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, sent on loan.
Since both Song and Denilson start, Arsenal would be forced to change from their new fluid 4-3-3 formation if one were to get injured. As well, the squad is thin on wing players currently. With the top three options, Nasri, Walcott, and Rosicky all injured, Bendtner has been even seeing from time on the outside.
As for the attacking midfield option, any time Fabregas loses is hard for Arsenal to embrace. He is the backbone of the team and behind him, Wilshere is the only true play maker on the squad, and he is only 17. Diaby has had a solid start, however, his inability to stay healthy has questioned his skill. And Ramsey is still developing as a player and being guided under Wenger.
Robin van Persie must stay healthy this year.
With Adebayor gone, Arsenal have only one dependable striker that can score in the premier league consistently. Eduardo is still coming back into form since his injury, and Bendtner has been a super sub many games, but hasn't been able to be consistent in front of goal.
Walcott is going to see much more time up from this season, however, he is again injured. Vela is also out for two to three weeks, but is still unproven in this league. Arshavin, who to some may also be considered a midfielder, along with Fabregas, will dictate how Arsenal does this year.
But even if its too late, we all know another young striker would have done wonders for Arsenal.
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