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Five problems Arsene Wenger must solve at Arsenal

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Most Premier League clubs would find it difficult to hit crisis mode one game into the season, but Arsenal seem to have managed it.

Perhaps the most frustrating element of the 4-3 home defeat to Liverpool in their season opener was that so many of their fans could see it coming. Even at a very basic level, signing a striker and a centre-back has to be a priority, but the problems at the club seem to run even deeper than that.


Frustrations in north London are boiling over as Arsene Wenger's stubbornness continues to prevail. Some of the issues that were Arsenal's undoing against Jurgen Klopp's men have been plain for all to see for a long time, so how they haven't been addressed yet is hard to believe.

A combination of injuries, lack of signings and tactical errors contributed to the Liverpool loss, so it's no wonder Arsenal fans - and no doubt Wenger himself - will have some very real concerns about how this season's going to go.

However, the situation isn't irretrievable and if he acts quickly, there are several things Le Professeur can do about it.

Play Alexis Sanchez is his best position

Alexis Sanchez shouldn't be playing as a striker but that’s exactly where he found himself against Liverpool. The Chilean is quite possibly the most naturally gifted player at the Emirates, but only when he's used in the right position.

The 27-year-old struggled to make an impact and failed to get any shots on goal, meaning no fantasy point bonus on DraftKings. Unless the Gunners actually sign an out-and-out striker, it's quite possible Sanchez will be misused again, and that's criminal.


Theo Walcott may suffer the same fate. While he should be given credit for his goal, he might not have got it without some frankly bizarre defending from Alberto Moreno. Moments before, the former England international had also missed a penalty, which suggests that his confidence isn't where it needs to be.

Stop the incessant injuries

There was a tragic inevitability about Aaron Ramsey limping off the field clutching his hamstring. It's understandable that Wenger wanted him in his side, particularly after the Welshman's performances at Euro 2016, but rushing him back appears to have backfired. He's now reportedly out for the rest of the month.

Wenger made the right decision to rest Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud, and Mesut Ozil, but for some reason Ramsey wasn’t given extra time off despite his demanding exploits for Wales at Euro 2016. As well as his attacking prowess, the midfielder can usually be relied upon to track back, earning 1 point for each winning tackle, but he looked tired.

Sign an experienced centre-back

Arsenal must sign a centre-back. It might sound like a repetition of what's been said a thousand times since the injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel, but Wenger's been told he needs a new striker for countless transfer windows, and that hasn't seemed to register either.

The expected signing of Shkodran Mustafi - if Arsenal will front up the money - in the coming days will be massive. Interceptions are worth

Utilise his talented squad players

Wenger does have talent in his squad, but he doesn't seem to use it. Joel Campbell had a fantastic pre-season and wasn't even deemed worthy of a place on the bench. Nacho Monreal was also fit, but Rob Holding, 20, and Calum Chambers, 21, made for an inexperienced pair at the back.

Campbell, in particular, must be perplexed as to why he doesn't get a look-in. An international with Costa Rica, the 24-year-old is versatile and can play on the wing or up front. In the 11 games he did start last season, he was on the score sheet three times, notching up 10 points a time. Wenger doesn't seem to rate him, but he doesn't have a lot of choices right now.


Get the best out of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains a dilemma. The way he cut through Liverpool's defence to score Arsenal’s second goal was reminiscent of his days as a youngster at Southampton, the kind of form that earned him a crack with England.

Arsenal need more pace down the wing, and Oxlade-Chamberlain's crosses - worth 0.75 points each - can add some much-needed width. If one of his team-mates can find the back of the net as the result of one of them, even better, as he'll pick up 6 points for an assist. He remains an exceptionally talented individual and, if he can fulfil it, will go some way towards alleviating Arsenal's problems in attack.

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