The Gunners are in a much better position at present than they were when the season commenced with a demoralising three opening losses. The cohesion and heart of the team seem to be developing under Arteta along with its immense potential, yet some Arsenal fans are still overlooking the obvious. It’s easy to forget that the projects undertaken by Klopp and Guardiola offered little fruit for some seasons.
Similarly, Arsenal are very much in the unfinished category. The Gunners now have to rethink their immediate plans after the three recent losses – 4-0 to Liverpool, 3-2 against Manchester United and 2-1 at Everton, these games made it clear that there are still key areas to work on which require Kroenke cash.
Precisely, during the Liverpool game, the defence was overwhelmed but the midfield and attack were superfluous, which invited pressure from the expertly executed high press and resulted in a heavy loss. Yet, looking closely at the goals, only the fourth was a natural fashioned chance, the other three were mistakes by Arsenal players.
The backline was hypnotised by a wicked Trent Alexander-Arnold delivery that was high and in-swinging and resulted in the defence losing all positional sense and shape. The other goals were from sustained periods of pressure without Arsenal offering anything in return, which highlighted the lack of creativity in the middle and inventiveness at the top.
With January on the horizon, Arteta and Edu could consolidate early to add extra penetration and artistry to the squad, because it’s clear that against the top four sides in the country, Arsenal will struggle. Home or away, the likelihood is that Arteta’s men will come up short against more experienced teams that have had been longer together as a unit.
The strike force of Aubameyang and Lacazette is finished at this level and can only flourish against lesser opponents, so Arteta needs a striker that can be imaginative and resourceful. The Spaniard also needs another creative/defensive midfielder that can feed and support the front line and I’d be deliriously happy with either Franck Kessie or Denis Zakaria and perhaps, another naturally-gifted baller for the centre of midfield.
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Arteta will then have to promote one of his young attackers to combine with a proven and industrious goal scorer, but it’s an area that Arsenal require a quick fix. As a hopeful fan watching the game against Liverpool unfold, it suddenly occurred to me that the only way we were likely to score was from a free-kick or corner, but Arsenal were pegged back so firmly that even that hope promptly disappeared.
There are a host of names associated with Arsenal in the transfer market and January would normally offer little chance of securing the services of quality additions, but after the pandemic, clubs are considering cashing in to secure their futures which is good news for Arteta and Edu. I fully expect two arrivals at the turn of the year as Arsenal look to consolidate the recent good work. Whom would you bring in?