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Arsenal still a long way from the greatness

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The occasionally fickle Arsenal fans are rejoicing again, after an opening day loss, their side have picked up consecutive wins are in second place.

However, it's probably best not to let optimism cloud realism, which means not getting carried away and making Arsenal title contenders.

The signing of Mesut Ozil, whilst brilliant, is also not going to transform the Gunners to all conquering side again, they are still five or six world class players away from that.

Ten years ago, the North London club kicked off their infamous 'Invincible' campaign and if you compare the two sides, there is a Grand Canyon sized chasm.

Of course its unfair to demand Arsenal reach those levels as they were probably the greatest team to play in any Premier League season.

However, that is the sort of level that Arsene Wenger needs to be targeting if they are to topple the Manchester clubs and Chelsea, the competition is very severe.

The slick passing ability remains but the team ethic and strength are the lacking attributes.

The key players or spine of that amazing side were Thierry Henry, Patrick Viera, Sol Campbell.

Nowadays there are now obvious leaders that form a spine; in defence Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are more than prone to errors and don't command the same solidarity that Campbell and Kolo Toure had.

The full-backs aren't much better; Lauren didn't make headlines but he rarely made errors like Bakary Sagna can sometimes, and there are no left-backs in the Premier League as good as Ashley Cole.

It gets said to the high hills by pundits and it gets a little tiresome, but that is the main problem with Arsenal.

Wenger looks to have lost his knack of buying great leaders for his defence.

Arsenal's midfield today is probably their crowning glory.

They believe Ozil adds to other creative players like Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and the rejuvenated Aaron Ramsey.

But where is their big presence; their Viera, all the current players are prime candidates for being bullied; Tony Pulis' Stoke City proved that more than once.

Essentially they have packed their midfield with Robert Pires', while you need that sort of player, you need a mix as-well.  

I think one of the worst decisions Arsenal have made in recent years was to sell Alex Song.

He was really maturing into a fine player of the Viera mould, he was never replaced and now the Gunners are literally weaker because of it.

Song was sold in the same summer as Van Persie, their first striker capable of 30 goals-a-season since Henry.

The Dutchman had been at The Emirates a long time but only in his elder years was he maturing into a consistent lethal goal scorer.

Olivier Giroud has made a good start this season, but is he a golden boot striker, no chance. 

Obviously in a Utopian world Wenger would have kept all of his star players and i'm sure he would have loved to keep Van Persie and Song, but they went for good money, he should have found suitable replacements.

All the men in suits promise that they are ready to spend the money that will turn Arsenal great again but it really needs a Manchester City style mass spend to complete the turnaround, but Ozil is a start. 

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