Why Arsenal May Regret Failing To Strengthen Their Squad

Salaar Shamsi@SalaarizationSenior Writer ISeptember 4, 2009

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15:  Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on August 15, 2009 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

After an exhausting summer which was eventually followed by the inauguration of another football season, the transfer window is closed until January.

We all know Arsenal let go of two key players in Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to Manchester City but I'm not going to trace the implications of those moves to have a dozen Gunners breathing down my neck and debating over whether Arsenal can cope without the African duo or not.

Arsenal started the season on fire, a 6-1 thrashing of Everton at Goodison Park had most Gooners dreaming of winning the title after a gap of what has stretched to over half a decade.

The game was followed by comprehensive victories over Portsmouth and twice over Celtic.

Then came Arsenal's first major test of the season away to Old Trafford against Champions Manchester United, who themselves are still getting used to life after Cristiano Ronaldo.

I'm not getting into whether Arsenal deserved to lose; whether Mike Dean was to blame or whether Abou Diaby had a bad day, bottom line—Arsenal came home empty-handed.

Ziltch. No Points. The honeymoon over. Arsenal brought back down to earth.

After the International break, The Gunners will face Manchester City with both Adebayor and Toure likely to start against a team where they once made a name for themselves in England.

Pictured above is Arsenal's only new signing, Thomas Vermaelen, who has been absolutely phenomenal and has formed a decent partnership with William Gallas this season.

Now comes the problem, folks.

If Arsenal lose to City, that means two consecutive defeats. Which will invariably trigger a massive revolt against Arsene Wenger's policies and his inability to bring new faces to North London.

Arsenal started the season, all guns blazing. Why?—I'll tell you.

The Gunners endured a frustrating season last time out, barely holding on to fourth place by the skin of their teeth.

Coming into the new season, they were all fired up, especially the likes of Denilson, Diaby and Song keen to make an impression, desperate to show their worth, to make up for lost time, to put the past behind them and to try to get into the reckoning for title.

That is the mindset they were in walking out of the tunnel at Goodison Park.

The sad reality is you always run out of gas; mostly, for Arsenal, they start the season brilliantly, but run out of gas by Christmas. I'm not suggesting the hunger for winning has died down but that might just be the case.

Injuries have troubled Arsenal in the last few seasons but Wenger refuses to learn. If Rosicky, Walcott, Fabregas and somebody like Eduardo falls prey to an injury, Arsenal will need to turn to the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Vela and Fran Merida for inspiration.

It might be asking too much of some promising but inexperienced lads.

New faces bring a new desire, hunger, ambition and a rejuvenated passion to keep challenging for the title which may not exist in Arsenal's case.

I didn't read too much into Arsenal's first few performances and I don't intend to read too much into their defeat to Manchester United.

For Arsenal to at least improve on last season's finishing position, they will need to garner a lot more out of Bendtner, Song, Diaby and Denilson with Andrei Arshavin holding the key to their success.

Arsenal were linked to a host of players including Subotic and Chamakh but neither put on an Arsenal shirt.

The season is far from over and to count Arsenal out at this time would be foolish but Arsene Wenger may have missed a trick here.

As my friend and Chelsea Community Leader, Alan McGuiness, once wisely said "It's not a sprint, it's a marathon."


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