It's a known fact that Arsenal haven't won a trophy for the past six years, and that is humiliating for such a great club with a lot of history and are one of the most successful in the country. Arsenal have suffered many moments of close but not close enough and have been criticized for their lack of leadership and bottle over the years and when the tough gets going with examples in the Carling Cup Final last season.
The Gunners have begun the season in very disappointing fashion with just a solitary win against Swansea, which came via a goalkeeping error from Micheal Vorm. Arsenal have suffered an embarassing and humiliating defeat away to Man Utd (8-2) and a 4-3 loss to Blackburn in their last fixture, which displayed their defensive weaknesses.
In this article, I will be making five suggestions for the Gunners to change and to help improve their fortunes.
I've always believed that the team looks more threatening while playing with two strikers. Robin Van Persie needs support and can't do it all on his own can have more freedom to use his creativity to help the team. He can either play off Marouane Chamakh or even Theo Walcott, who I believe Wenger should be utilising as a forward rather than a winger. Walcott can use his searing pace to great advantage and is also a good finisher when in form.
Chamakh has been getting a lot of criticism from the fans, but as displayed in the Blackburn match, if Chamakh has someone to support him then he can be threatening. Chamakh doesn't have much technique and plays better off a creative player like he had with Gourcuff at Bordeaux, and that's where Van Persie can come in and help him out.
I believe that playing with two strikers will benefit the team more and will help bring in more goals.
For the past six years, the club has seen players suffer injuries like it's a plague. Key players have suffered injuries in crucial times this season, and I don't believe it's a coincidence, especially ever since Gary Lewin left the club. The club's two key players in Jack Wilshere and Thomas Vermaelen are both out for a lengthy period of time, which has affected the team's performance.
Wilshere was said to be out for weeks which has now turned to months, this inconsistency with the evaluation of player injuries have cost the team dearly and in the most important of times.
Remember when legendary defender Martin Keown, joined the club as a defensive coach in the 2005/2006 season and the team excelled defensively in the Champions League, making a record number of clean sheets along the way. I believe that if Keown or any other known defender, come in as a defensive coach, then it can benefit the team a lot and can improve the team defensively.
Senderos looked like a world-class defender during that period and I believe that inconsistent defenders like Johan Djourou and I hate to say it, Laurent Koscielny, will benefit and their games will be improved.
This has been a problem for the team's defence for the past few years. I've always believed that the zonal marking has been a problem for the team and has caused numerous mistakes, with the latest against Blackburn in the 4-3 loss where the defence made numerous errors, which we've seen regularly for the past six seasons.
We've seen defenders who can man mark well and stick it to the opponent. Remember Laurent Koscielny's performance against Messi at the Emirates? The team can defend man-to-man, and I believe that it will help the team greatly, especially the defence.
This is going to be a controversial suggestion, but in my opinion, Ivan Gazidis has been less than convincing as CEO of the club and has been criticized by many fans, ever since he took over in 2008. He has been less then convincing in helping Wenger in the transfer market, especially with the way the club handled themselves in the market.
David Dein is known for his excellent and close relationship with Arsene Wenger and was one of the reasons for his and the club's success. In my opinion, bringing back David Dein will benefit the Gunners as he always knew and was an advocate for the club to spend more due to the power of money these days. His return will certainly relieve pressure on Wenger and will benefit the club in the long run.
To conclude, despite the problems and issues within the club, I believe in the Gunners and that the team will bounce back and prove themselves as one of the best clubs in the world.
Another change to consider is the board and the owner, who have been unconvincing and look like they care more about the finances then trophies and success.
As a huge Gooner, I hope the team will bounce back from their dismal start.
What do you think? What do you think should change?