Considering the performance from the side, it felt like a win to me, but we need to play a hell of a lot better if we are to seriously challenge for the title this season.
We have done well so far in terms of results, but, admittedly, our displays haven’t been up to scratch which is a little worrying. We managed to nick a late win against CrystalPalace last weekend, hold out in Turkey and take a 0-0 aggregate to the Emirates, and yesterday bag a point against Roberto Martinez’s side.
It’s still early doors and with just seven days to go before the transfer window shuts, many will say that we still need two or three new faces to arrive to make this a title winning side, and I agree.
A lot of fans will say that we have move forward in terms of personnel and strengthened the side this summer. But have we really? I don’t think we have to be honest.
When you look at who’ve we signed and who we got rid of, the number players in our squad haven’t increased dramatically.
Just taking into account first-team players who featured for us last season, we got rid of Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski. Now take a look at who’ve we brought in thus far – Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina, Calum Chambers and Alexis Sanchez.
Can you honestly say we’ve strengthened our side?
Debuchy has simply replaced Sagna and we opted to loan out Carl Jenkinson to West Ham. Ospina has taken Fabianski’s role as Wojciech Szczesny’s understudy, while Chambers, for the time being, is Vermaelen’s successor. The only player you can really say has strengthened our side is Alexis. But reports suggest Lukas Podolski is off, so another body in (Sanchez), another body out.
Don’t get me wrong, Wenger has pulled off some great deals thus far, selling and buying. But you can’t tell me we are in better shape as we were last season? Not yet anyway.
Yes we have technically a very good side and players have stepped up – Ramsey in particular – but the numbers game is once again against us. And a side that win trophies is a side which boast options.
Some of you may be, but I’m not totally convinced yet. Like I said, we do have a talented squad but we need more options and actually add players to the side – not just buy one and ship one out.