Five Reasons Why Arsenal Will Suffer This Season
After a dismal end to the 2009-10 season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had declared that he would be investing on bringing new players this season to reinforce his squad.
Arsenal's management had made known that the shrewd Wenger had the cash to splash for making new signings. But though the North Londoners have been linked with a host of star and highly-rated players they have only signed Marouane Chamakh (that, too, for free) and Laurent Koscielny.
With other mid-table teams like Tottenham and Manchester City spending millions to reinforce their squad, Arsenal might face trouble in the Premier League next season.
In the following slides we will take a look into the reasons that might make the Gunners falter in the new season.
Miser Wenger's Reluctance in Splashing Cash
Arsene Wenger has earned a reputation of being miserly over the years. He has not resorted to massive signings in the last few years.
With Arsenal's dismal late-season performance, Wenger had conceded that he would splash cash to sign new players but it seems his plans have changed.
After signing Chamakh for free and Koscielny for nearly £9.7 million, Wenger is already done with his transfers. He has been linked with a move for a goalie but that too seems farfetched as he is still ready to depend on the erratic Almunia.
The fact has been established over the years that Arsenal need to bring in new players if they are to win some silverware. Wenger's policy to nurture his young team and win titles has fell flat on its face and he should learn from his mistakes if he is to earn some trophies.
Lack of Experience in Defense
With the exit of veteran defenders William Gallas and Sol Campbell the Gunners' defense has been left devoid of experience.
Though Wenger may argue that his young defenders Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Johan Djourou are quality players, there is no denying the fact that they are still not capable of replacing the vastly experienced Gallas and Campbell. He has also signed the highly rated Laurent Koscielny from Lorient as a defensive reinforcement but he is very young and his success in the Premier League is not guaranteed.
This EPL season is going to be a very tough one and with such a young defense, Arsenal are set to suffer. With only the talented Vermaelen as their defensive stalwart, they will have troubles in their defense should he get injured.
Challenge From City and Spurs
With the cash-rich Manchester City on a buying spree and derby neighbours Tottenham looking to reinforce their squad, Arsenal might face serious troubles from these two clubs.
Manchester City have signed a host of highly rated players already and look to continue their buying spree which has already crossed the 100 million pounds mark. They are sure to test the "Top Four's" defenses.
Tottenham too are looking to reinforce their squad before the season begins and are ready to challenge the Premier League heavyweights.
Arsenal should learn from their past mistakes or else they will suffer again like previous years. Though Wenger might keep his faith in his young brigade, there is no denying the fact that his youngsters will be unable to stop top quality players.
Van Persie's Poor Form
Arsenal's first choice striker Robin Van Persie had a poor outing in South Africa where he failed to fulfill the expectations.
He cut out a lonely figure in the field during the World Cup and looked to be lacking concentration in almost every game.
He was severely criticized for his poor performances during and after the World Cup.
Arsenal are dependent on their talented Dutch striker for scoring goals as was proved beyond doubt last season. Although they have signed the extremely talented Marouane Chamakh to provide support to their first-choice hitman, the Frenchman still remains untested on English soil.
Arsenal might be in serious trouble if any of their strikers gets injured or fails to hit top gear.
Lack of Depth in the Squad
Arsenal's biggest undoing in the previous season was the lack of depth in their squad.
The team suffered most when their star players were sidelined due to injury. Wenger's young boys lacked the quality to cope with the absence of key players and that cost them the chance to win the Premier League.
Be it lack of viciousness in their attack due to RVP's absence or be it their midfield crisis during Fabregas's absence, the Gunners' lack depth in the squad.
With Wenger unwilling to bring in experienced and quality players it seems they will have to make do with another year of frustration and lack of silverware.