First and foremost, felicitation is due to the Blues for their Premier League triumph. Congratulations, Chelsea!
It’s kind of disappointing though, that Arsenal were unable to delay Chelsea’s crowning this season, following the stalemate game at home. But Arsenal could still be on course to playing bridesmaid to Chelsea.
Arsenal could have given Chelsea a good chase till the end, or better still, could have won the Premier League title, if there had been a little more consistency in their performances earlier this season. For instance, those meeting against Leicester City, Hull City and Swansea City last year, to name a few, were winnable games.
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As the curtain for this season is about to be drawn down and the Premier League trophy has already been seized, everyone’s looking forward to the summer’s transfer window to amend what’s been wronged and strengthen what’s left.
Wenger reportedly said: “We do not need to buy numbers, if we find top world class players we look at it but we have a very good squad in numbers.” This is one of the many admirable qualities of the Frenchman.
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Like when Chelsea bought Diego Costa for goals and Cesc Fabregas to provide assists, we bought Alexis Sanchez who’s doing both the jobs brilliantly. Wenger buys players who can contribute to the team in more than one way.
It helps, especially when a change in strategy or shuffling in the team in midst of a game is needed. When Jack Wilshere made his appearance last week against Hull in second half, Mesut Ozil, who was attacking from midfield initially, was shuffled out to the wing. So, it’s somewhat pointless to simply buy players and add to the quantity, instead of building on the team’s quality.
The return of Wilshere after injury also begs question as to whether if we need to sign Morgan Schneiderlin in the coming transfer window. This is because Wilshere plays the deep-lying-midfield role for his national team.
However, as it stands now, the said role in Arsenal is comfortably being occupied by the high-flying Francis Coquelin. And because Coquelin is remarkably good at what he does, Schneiderlin, if he comes in, is probably going to play second fiddle to him.
The way in which Coquelin protects his territory, with such calmness and assurance, he’s not only deserving of a place in Arsenal’s starting 11 but also worthy of a new squad number and a pay raise.
Do Arsenal then need to sign someone to provide back-up and a sense of competitiveness for Coquelin? Even so, is the reported £25 million for Schneiderlin really worth the job?
In the event Mathieu Flamini decides to leave at the end of this season, Wilshere can provide the backing for Coquelin. Further, with his inherent physical tenacity and powerful playing style, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain too is capable of doing some last-minute defending for the team.
What Arsenal really need is, to build onto the base that had been moulded this season. Alexis, Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla, Coquelin, Laurent Koscielny, to name a few, are part of a strong foundation from which a title winning team could be sculptured.
In order to win the 2015/16 Premier League title, Arsenal get off on a strong footing, the team needs to possess high level of confidence and an even higher degree of determination to win.
A sturdy finish this season will give Arsenal just that, and such finish would mean second place in the league and an FA Cup trophy to add to the collection.
These, hopefully, will provide a solid platform from which the squad could start off the coming season and subsequently progress consistently towards the ultimate goal, the Premier League crown.