Arsenal’s “lack of depth” has cost them dearly.
Struggling to make a solid starting XI, has been hard considering all the injuries the team has had to deal with.
They are still pushing for the title this year, but it is out of Arsenal’s control and they can only hope Manchester United and Chelsea drops points.
The above are the thoughts, of the media. And I’m not going to debate any of it, as most of it has some sort of foundation, and is relatively true.
But I’d like to draw your thoughts not to what the team hasn’t done, but has and I want to see if they have what it takes to one day finish first.
This season (if we don’t win the EPL) can be remembered as one that silenced critics.
Throughout, many questions have been asked of the young squad and they have seemed to be able to provide all the answers by coming back from being written off numerous times.
Even if we do not end the season at the top of the table, we shouldn’t pull a "Real Madrid." We should be proud of what our team, Arsenal, has accomplished.
Arsenal have clawed themselves back from an eleven-point deficit, not once, but twice. They have proven their immense character and team cohesive.
But, these worthy characteristics are “not enough” in the eyes of the footballing world.
They want "proof" and "proof requires trophies." They are constantly questioning, “Can Arsenal conquer the Premier League (or any competition) over an entire season and earn themselves a trophy?”
In my personal opinion, people with this view-point are stupid. Trophies or no trophies, this team is good and that is all that matters.
People who think that this team is not good, are blind. They "need" a trophy, because then they can "touch it" and realise what was in front of them all along.
This year the main rivals were/are Manchester United and Chelsea. Both teams are world-class. But many of their current players are getting old and will have to retire in the near future.
They will have to create new teams, while we have our already-succeeding team, which could continue playing for years and years to come.
Manchester United is, apparently, planning to build an alltime "dream team," which, apparently, includes the likes of Hamšík, Neuer and Dzeko.
This "dream team," I believe, is exactly that, a "dream." Their “shopping-list,” would cost a lot of money, which Manchester United does not have.
Chelsea have a solid squad, but they will no doubt want to make some additions.
All three boast ridiculous amounts of quality players.
The difference is that Arsenal’s talent, made up of 22 and 23-year-olds.
I think we forget what they are actually doing at this age, as they are holding their own amongst the best clubs in the world.
On their day they are unstoppable, despite their young age.
The team includes the likes of Francesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Alexandre Song, Abou Diaby, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Nicklas Bendtner... do I need to continue?
The majority of the above, if not all, could play at any club in world, and could win trophies. But together, it seems something is holding them back from total domination of Europe.
Or maybe we expect too much too soon.
Like many have said, some additions to the squad are necessary.
But overall, despite what people say about Wenger’s “Youth Policy” being ineffective, we are too harder critics on our already “dream team,” because that is what it is. What more could you want?
I realise it is a cliché, but this team has great potential
and it is only a matter of time before this team will be remembered as one for the ages.
As an Arsenal fan myself, I want to see my team win trophies and succeed, but I ask you to do one thing: be patient.
It is only a matter of time.