When the thought of Arsenal doing well this coming season entered my head, I tried to get it out quicker than it came in – but alas, it seems to be sticking around, and if they land Benzema, there’s no reason they can’t win the league.
Because I’m South African, and not a north London yob, I have no issue being a Spurs supporter and saying that the Arsenal squad are looking more than decent this season. Yes, it’s fun for Arsenal and Spurs fans to both claim they have the better squad, but to sum it up…. Arsenal are trying to sign Karim Benzema, Spurs are looking into getting Saido Berahino. Supporters who think the two sides are in the same class need their head read.
Arsene Wenger was always known for not wanting to spend money in the past while Arsenal were paying off their new stadium, but since then, they’ve signed some high quality players such as Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sánchez, Mathieu Debuchy and added the likes of Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck.
One thing Arsenal are known for is finishing fourth, year in, year out. Usually behind Chelsea, City and United. But last season they finished the season third, four points behind City and 12 behind Chelsea. In the off season, most Arsenal fans were demanding a new keeper, centre back, holding midfielder and a world class striker. Most thought that was a rather optimistic wish list.
Wenger went out and bought Petr Cech from Chelsea, arguably one of the better keepers in the world, to solve his keeper issue. In central defence, it seems last seasons signing, Gabriel, will be joining Koscielny and Mertesacker in a quest to keep clean sheets. At the beginning of last season, they desperately needed a holding midfielder, but when Wenger recalled Francis Coquelin back from loan at Charlton, they found themselves a brilliant player. It was as if they’d signed a new player. That messy, thankless position seems in good hands this season.
Looking at Arsenal’s midfield just instantly gets my love goggles on. There really isn’t many better midfields to me. Sanchez scored 16 league goals in his debut season while Cazorla (7), Ramsey (6), Walcott (5) and Ozil (4) are all capable of finding the net, Arsenal don’t need anymore midfielders. I think Walcott could be a huge player this season, he only played 447 minutes in a season hampered by injury. He managed 5 goals in that time, and if he remains injury free, he could rack up plenty goals.
So Wenger has got a new keeper, solid defenders and a world class midfield sorted, the only position he needs to invest in, is a striker. If we honest, I can’t imagine that premier league defenders ever lose sleep on a Friday night knowing they’ll be facing Olivier Giroud the next day. He’s decent, but he’s certainly not world class by any means.
Karim Benzema is a world class striker though, and after posting a picture on Instagram of himself on a plane, with the caption “leave the past in the past”, rumours a rife that he’s heading to London to sign for Arsenal. If they sign him, they have quality players in every position and there should be no reason why they don’t challenge for the league. This side, to me, is a title challenging one.
Debuchy/Bellerin Koscielny Gabriel Monreal
Walcott/Ramsey Cazorla Ozil
Chelsea are always going to be favourites, under Mourinho, there’s almost unbeatable, with Manchester City’s spending power, they’ll always be in the title race too, but this season both Manchester United and Arsenal have bought brilliantly and hopefully we are going to have one of the best seasons yet, maybe a solid four horse race.