Date: 9th November 2012 at 5:30pm
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Let me start off by saying, I’m a huge Arsene Wenger fan. In fact, he’s is one of the main reasons why I support Arsenal. I think it’s fair to say that everybody likes the way the north London club play – even the neutrals.

But the problem with Wenger is that he doesn’t listen to reason. Yes, we can’t compete with the Chelsea’s and Manchester City’s of this world. But he’s also lost the ability to sign great players. I mean, why sign Park Chu-Young or Marouane Chamakh, when you can sign great underdogs like Bobby Zamora, Clint Dempsey and so on.

Along with this there are other issues with the club which is preventing them from taking that one step further and breaking their trophyless run.

I believe there are three things missing, big things at that.

1. Lack of physical presence in the midfield

Look at how Arsenal benefited from Patrick Vieira’s physique in the past, or how City have benefited from Yaya Toure. He is a midfield enforcer who drives the team forward, shields his back four very well, and covers a heel of a lot of ground for his side. Mikel Arteta isn’t like this. Don’t get me wrong, The Spaniard is a very gifted player. He has great positional discipline, which Alex Song lacked, and he’s very good on the ball. Like I said a very good player, but not the ideal defensive midfielder we crave. Abou Diaby offers us the physical presence we’ve been lacking, but will he ever come good? He could be great for us if he can stay fit, but I’m beginning to run out of patience with the lanky Frenchman.

2. We need a top class striker in the side

Let’s face it; Olivier Giroud, Chamakh, Gervinho, and Theo Walcott are NOT world-class strikers. In my opinion, there are so many great strikers in the Premier League who play for the ‘smaller’ clubs that are much better than Giroud. Manchester United signed RVP, why didn’t we try to sign Jermain Defoe or Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who, in my opinion, should have been RVP’s successor! We need a top striker that will keep our opponents defence on their toes. A striker that will fight for the ball and hold up play, is technically gifted, and can pass one or two defenders with some skill. And frankly, this description does not match those names mentioned above.

3. Big enough squad, but not a lot of quality

It’s a season full of injuries and several things can ensue during it that may hinder you from winning something. In my opinion, we do have a big enough squad but its not full of quality. This needs to be addressed urgently.

In addition, Walcott should not be given the striker’s role because he’s too inconsistent. He excites and frustrates you in equal measure. Plus, how do you walk into your boss’ office and demand for a bigger responsibility? Especially when you can’t handle or perform in the role you’ve been given?

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