In recent weeks, I've written some fairly punchy articles referring to this current Arsenal squad and what it lacks. Mostly about the state of the defence and how in order to achieve success we must fix this with transfers. These words are not intended to be negative, but I'm sure that's how they come across sometimes.
At the end of the day, it's important for us all to get behind the team, and I always do. Trust me when I say I'm a complete lunatic when watching games, but I remain and ever shall be one of the more critical fans when things aren't going that well.
This criticism is spawned out of ambition and the need to address critical issues, just like a CEO does with any business problem that affects their company. To buy a goalkeeper and experienced defender seems very obvious to me. I'm not trying to be negative or downbeat, just realistic.
My suggestions to make the team a title-winning team are not outlandish or extravagant. They could be fixed fairly easily and cheaply, but we know AW does it his way, and always will.
So, let me try to put a more positive spin on things. Just in case readers want some inspiration this time around...
After looking at some of the great photos of training sessions in Austria over the last few weeks, I am starting to get a fantastic, if not, great feeling about this Arsenal team and the coming season. Similar to Germany, I think that our prowess is stemmed from the youth of our side, and along with their obvious talent, this will be our weapon this season.
We are starting to look like a team packed full of powerful, quick, skillful, and most of all YOUNG players. In my opinion, we will be faster, better passers, more skillful and more harmonious than any other EPL side, despite the signings of other teams like Man City.
In addition to this, the team is not just young anymore, we are experienced—even Jack Wilshere.
If we set aside the goalkeeping position and the fifth centre-back that we need, now that Campbell has signed (expect an announcement soon), the rest of the Arsenal squad looks pretty frightening.
Our full back squad has got to be amongst the quickest attacking in world football: Sagna, Eboue, Clichy, Gibbs, and Traore. We are blessed with highly talented and technical midfielders: Cesc, Nasri, Rosicky, Song, Diaby, Ramsey, and Wilshere. Our attacking options are also equally impressive: Van Persie, Arshavin, Bentner, Chamakh, Walcott, and Vela.
Along with our youth, pace, and skill, these players have now added the experience they needed. They are all bigger and stronger, and have become men. AW has groomed these guys with a few exceptions from an early age, and they are immersed into our style and know it intimately, back to front. Most excitingly of all, the current team spirit seems to reflect this bond.
I think if we add a defender and a goalkeeper, we will challenge the other Premiership rivals all the way and possibly blow them away. Who knows, perhaps we can do it without any new transfers, but I think that it will be tough to sustain the fight all the way to May without minor changes.
Regardless, if we can pick up the pace early (as AW said today) and stay injury-free, we could definitely win something this season, and everybody knows that if we do, we will do it "The Arsenal Way."
I can't wait!