Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Dutch D, Jun 12, 2019.
Imagine thinking Koscielny was ever elite.
He was one of league's best defenders for a few years.
This team needs investments in every position other than goalkeeper and striker I think.
Personally, I would prioritise a starting left back (maybe Tierney), a physical CB with significant potential (Saliba, Konate etc), a physical midfielder who can go past a man (maybe someone like Sangare, Praet, I don't know I've never really seen either) and a winger who can dribble with some end product (possibly Carasco?)
I agree. Tierney, Saliba, Sangare, Carrasco would be a good window for next season and especially the future.
The squad we have is good enough to get 5th quite comfortably.
If our aim is top 4, we can add a starting LB and CM.
If we want to try for the league, then we need a LB, CB, CM and Winger. In addition to what we already have.
Never ever was, he's only been good when paired with Mertesacker otherwise he's been good but accident prone. He's been a mainstay in how many terrible defences and embarrassing results?
Holding is running....So he is back in shape...
Pretty much agree with this. Nice to read a sensible post about our squad in stead of the "everybody is **** except the ones that are world class" stuff that seems to be growing more and more popular nowadays.
I would maybe put Leno one category higher, though. Also, in addition to being a decent PL player already, Guendouzi is an exciting youngster as well. Many seem to have forgotten how young he is. I'd also be inclined to give AMN one more season as a back up RB. He's still at an age where he can easily take a one step up. And most of his bad performances were due to brain farts in stead of technical or physical deficiencies. He might get rid of those with age.
But overall, it is quite clear we need to upgrade on multiple positions if we want to start challenging for finishes higher than 5th/6th. And at least some of the youngsters need to reach their potential
I worry a lot about our midfield. We really need to make sure we get the right (b2b) replacement for Ramsey. We're definitely lacking certain qualities in our selection of midfielders at the moment (dribbling, scoring threat, engine, mobility, athleticism).
You're most likely in the minority that thinks that. Never been the leagues very best but easily top 10 in his prime.
When's the squad back in training?
I thought the non internationals were back on Monday but @American_Gooner reckons later than that so not sure.
From James Benge:
Not all of Emery's first team will be expected back on July 5 but those who did not take part in any international games this summer - the likes of Mesut Özil, Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny - will be back at London Colney on that date or later.
Others will make their way back over the following days, dependent on when their involvement in international games concluded.
Emery's squad will fly to Los Angeles on July 11 to begin an American tour that will also see them play games in Denver, Charlotte and Washington.
Over 5 weeks off, deserved rest for Mustafi after last season.
Hopefully he took up a new hobby like baking bread and changes career. Looks like he would make a top baker imo.
Edit: I'm in a generous mood, he could be a butcher
Leno is error prone and shaky on crosses.
Torreira is brushed aside easily.
Doozi cannot tackle or carry the ball.
Sokratis has no pace and resorts to fouling.
Auba and Laca cannot hold up the ball or win it in the air.
The only world class players in this squad are Özil and Bellerin. Auba/ laca / xhaka / leno / torreira may make the step up this season, but the coaching doesnt inspire confidence.
Its going to be a long season, and the club wont get far with journeymen buys and timid tactics. Either go for a youth project or go for a defensive counterattacking setup...but choose an identity. Right now its a team that got badly exposed in the EL final. In important games, you cannot play two strikers and pray for a miracle. Need better tactics than that.
I sorta feel like we have to let one of Koscielny, Chambers and Holding go, if Kos can get a new deal back in france for equal or more money let him go
on the other side we get real money for either Chambers or Holding
Holding did good last season for us, Chambers elsewhere, chambers is more versatile thou
When fit he was a given starter for France...
Name other elites that were!
We really need to make sure we get the right cazorla replacement. We're definitely lacking certain qualities in our selection of midfielders at the moment (dribbling, long passing, through passes, one twos, dictating tempo, defensive positioning, football intelligence).
Box to box is ****
Holding touted as a potential future captain and Xhaka fans start wanting him out. Makes you think.
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